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McDonald Optical

Iowa City Eye Exams

Mcdonald Optical

The Care And Attention Your Eyes Deserve

Premier Eye Exams From Renowned Iowa City Eye Doctors

Doctor’s Note:  A vision screening at school or your primary physician’s office will NOT detect many ocular health problems and vision disorders!  

So don’t fall behind—contact McDonald Optical in Iowa City and schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists today!

WHat Should I know About Eye Exams?

Just like keeping up with oral, muscular, cardiovascular, emotional, and mental health, it’s essential to keep up ocular health.

And eye exams are essential because certain disorders and diseases can build up, unnoticed at first, over long periods of time.  Regular eye health and vision exams ensure that the attendant eye doctor has enough time to spot those problems before they develop into something worse. 

A couple of examples of different eye exams can be:

  • A general exam.
  • An eye exam for glasses.
  • An exam/fitting for contacts.
  • A refraction eye exam.

Eye Health Vision Testing

During your eye exam, several aspects of your ocular health may be tested, such as:

  • Visual Acuity

    • How well you see at certain distances.  This is often done with the standard and familiar eye chart.

  • Pupils

    • The eye doctor will check to make sure your pupils expand and contract properly when exposed to different levels of light.

  • Peripheral Vision

    • Loss of peripheral vision can be a sign of disorders such as glaucoma, so the physician will perform tests to check that your peripherals are still clear.

  • Ocular Motility

    • How your eyes move and respond to varying directions and stimuli.

  • The Front of the Eye

    • The ophthalmologist will run tests to check the forward components of your eye like the eyelids, cornea, iris, and lens, as well as any anomalies that may indicate disease or disorders.

  • The Retina and Optic Nerve

    • Your eyes will be dilated using specialized eyedrops so the physician can check for nerve damage or signs of disease.

When Should I go?

Did you know that the American Optometric Association recommends that your first eye exam should occur between six and twelve months of age?!  The American Optometric Association recommends everyone have a comprehensive eye exam according to the following schedule:

  • At 6 to 12 months of age
  • At least once between 3 and 5 years of age or as recommended
  • Before first grade and annually after that between age 6 and 17
  • At least every two years between age 18 and 64
  • Annually at age 65 and older

Pediatric Risk Factors

  • Prematurity, low birth weight, prolonged supplemental oxygen at birth.
  • Family history of myopia, amblyopia, strabismus, retinoblastoma, congenital cataracts, metabolic or genetic disease.
  • Infection of mother during pregnancy (e.g., rubella, toxoplasmosis, venereal disease, herpes, cytomegalovirus, or human immunodeficiency virus).
  • Maternal smoking, use of alcohol or illicit drug use during pregnancy.
  • Cortical visual impairment.
  • Difficult or assisted labor, which may be associated with fetal distress.
  • High or progressive refractive error.
  • Strabismus.
  • Anisometropia.
  • Academic performance problems.
  • Known or suspected neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Systemic health conditions with potential ocular manifestations.
  • Wearing contact lenses.
  • Functional vision in only one eye.
  • Eye surgery or previous eye injury.
  • Taking prescription or nonprescription drugs (e.g., over-the-counter medications, supplements, herbal remedies) with potential ocular side effects.

Adult Risk Factors

  • A personal or family history of ocular disease.
  • Belonging to specific racial and ethnic groups.
  • Systemic health conditions with potential ocular manifestations.
  • Occupations that are highly demanding visually or have a high potential of being hazardous to the eyes.
  • Taking prescription or nonprescription drugs with ocular side effects.
  • Functional vision in only one eye.
  • Wearing contact lenses.
  • Eye surgery or previous eye injury.
  • High or progressive refractive error.
  • Other eye-related health concerns or conditions.
    Patients who have undergone refractive surgery (LASIK, PRK, SMILE) should still have an eye exam every 1-2 years to monitor overall ocular health.
Please visit the American Optometric Association Eye Exam Page for more information on comprehensive eye exams.   Any information that helps you get the best eye exam possible is what we at McDonald Optical hope to, and more often than not do, provide.

Contact McDonald Optical at (319)-359-3307 or Book Online Here.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrists to Get Computer Vision Relief Today! 

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Broken glasses?  Sore eyes?  Take a seat—with dedicated local optometrists and 65 years of experience behind us, you’re in good hands.

Our Optometrists

Dr. Brian Kirschling, OD

Dr. Scott Collings, OD


What Our Clients Say

“ALWAYS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. Top notch service and high quality products evrey time I visit. Very clean and beautiful store downtown. I’m so glad to have found them when I moved to Iowa City.”

Thomas O.

“ALWAYS GREAT SERVICE. McDonald Optical takes care of customers as you would expect a local business, courteous and always willing to go the extra step to make customers happy.”

Paul S.

“The support staff was very personable and took care of the billing in quick order. I feel both people that I dealth with did the ver ybest they could to take care of me. I was very happy with how everything was handled.”

Ronald H.

“The care you get at McDonald Optical is personal and thorough. I know I can trust them ot take care of me and my family’s eye care needs.”

Amy M.

Why CHoose Us

Our Values

Since 1956, we’ve set ourselves apart by offering customer services you can’t find anywhere else.  And to this day, we’re intent on delivering the best optical experience for you, both the one in the store, and the one you’ll carry with you every day after you leave.

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After 65 years of business, we've had time to learn—and time to learn how to learn. So let us put what we know to work for you and your family.

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Happy Clients

Surprising and keeping our customers happy with new, innovative, and reasonable eye care and eye wear services is what we've been doing for a long, long time.

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You are our most important customer. No matter what it takes, we want to get you eye care and eye wear you deserve quickly, expertly, and most importantly, just right for you.