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McDonald Optical

Optomap® Retinal Imaging in Iowa City, IA

Mcdonald Optical

Advanced Care From McDonald Optical

Comprehensive Eye Exams from Great Iowa City Optometrists

Doctors Note: At McDonald Optical in Iowa City, our expert optometrists work hard to make certain procedures like Optomap®  Retinal Imaging are easy to understand and undergo.   Please stop by today for an eye exam from our accomplished Iowa City eye doctors!

What Is Optomap® Retinal Imaging?

Optomap®  Retinal Imaging is an ultra-wide retinal examination that allows eye doctors to view most of the retina.  This non-dilating diagnostic tool captures a 200-degree high-resolution image of the retina in less than half a second. It is safe, painless, and perfect for walk-in exams.

What Makes Optomap® Retinal Imaging Better Than Traditional Eye Exams?

Optomap®  Retinal Exams are faster, more convenient, and offer a more comprehensive view of the eye than traditional methods used in a dilating eye exam.

Unlike a dilating exam, Optomap® exams allow optometrists to see more of the retina all at once, giving an eye doctor the best understanding of the patient’s unique eye health needs. Whereas a dilated exam is performed by the optometrist widening the pupil (dilating) with eye drops that take about half an hour to be effective and examining the retina by shining a bright light at the pupil and looking into the eye, Optomap® imaging takes a detailed, high-def photo of the eye with a comprehensive view. Better yet, the whole exam lasts only a few seconds, and the image capture only takes a quarter of a second.

The Exam is Fast

By eliminating the time-consuming process of dilating the eyes before an exam, which can take up to 45 minutes, an Optomap appointment takes only a few minutes on average. The image itself can be taken in under a second, and it’s available to review immediately. That means no second visit, no waiting for a phone call, and no wasted time. 

Optomap® is Convenient

Patients walk in and out of an Optomap®  exam appointment within minutes and can go about their day after the exam as they normally would.

Dilation blurs vision for up to 6 hours after the eye exam. This sometimes means roping a friend into driving, taking a day off work, and throwing a whole day out of whack after a dilating eye exam. Since Optomap Retinal Imaging is a non-dilating diagnostic tool, patients can walk in and out of their exam within minutes. No designated driver required.

It's Some of the Best Imaging on the Market

Whereas a traditional eye exam involves an eye doctor examining the eye with a bright light and diagnosing at the moment, Optomap exams capture a 200-degree image in around a quarter of a second. The speed and convenience of Optomap Retinal Imaging allow the patient to see the image during their visit, and the image capture acts as a record for future comparisons or second opinions.

*Dilation may still be recommended for certain patients at the discretion of the optometrist.

Contact McDonald Optical Today!

Give us a call at 319-359-3307 or Book Online Here

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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.