McDonald Optical

McDonald Optical


Super great, fast and helpful customer service! Found frames that were $95 and they were ready for pick up in just a few short days. Makes computer work so much easier! THANKS to all the staff for being so courteous, accommodating and dependable.
McDonald Optical strikes again. Just picked up my two new pairs of glasses the other day. I LOVE THEM! I was encouraged to step out of my comfort zone and could not be happier. They are amazing and the quality of the frames are superb (one pair is the new McDonald line and they are my favorite). Great customer service and ease with getting the necessary forms for insurance. Thanks Marty, Wendy and Reid. I will miss you all downtown but will definitely make the trip east for all my eye care needs in the future!
Great pictures. Enjoyed seeing them. The place to shop.

Visit our location at:
1638 Sycamore St. Iowa City, Iowa
Phone: (319)337-3737

Since 1956 McDonald Optical has provided superior customer service to Iowa City, Coralville and all Eastern Iowa residents including University of Iowa students, faculty and staff.

Operating as usual


Let’s try this again…
Our Spexwax frame show is Tuesday, January 10 (rescheduled from 12/13) from 10am-5pm.
Rescuing unplayable records and recrafting them with love and artistry, this is Spexwax Eyewear.
You don’t want to miss these one of a kind frames that are truly unique in every way possible. You have to see them and feel them to understand the craftsmanship involved.
Next Tuesday…you’ll love what you see!


Best staff ever!! Very lucky to have this dedicated, skilled, and committed group of people representing our 66 year old family business!! 🎉

Photos from McDonald Optical's post 12/29/2022

Tomorrow’s the day! Dec. 30th from 10am-5pm at our brand new store:
1301 Gilbert Street ste. C2.
Pro Design and Woow will be showing their FULL collection of frames for one day only!
You don’t want to miss this last chance to spend those flex dollars!
Vibrant colors and unique styles best describes these brands.
Special discounts will be available!

Photos from McDonald Optical's post 12/27/2022

We will be having a huge frame show featuring two of our best selling collections…Pro Design and Woow!! These brands are broad in variety, yet always innovative and unique. Clean, colorful designs are what they are known for.
Join us Friday, Dec. 30 from 10-5pm to view these fabulous works of art!
DO NOT miss this…at our brand new store: 1301 S. Gilbert St. C2.
Special discounts are going on every day through the 31st!




We will be closing at 3pm today, Dec. 23 due to extreme weather.
We will be closed tomorrow, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.

We will return to regular hours on Monday, Dec. 26 (10am-6pm) and will be open all week through our regular Saturday hours (12/31) from 10am-3pm.

Don’t forget to use those flex dollars before they expire at the end of the year!

Last but not least, we will be having a special frame show event all day next Friday, Dec. 30 from one of our most popular brands!
Details to follow…


We will be closing at 3pm today, Dec. 22, due to extreme weather conditions.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Thank you!


Due to a flight cancellation out of San Diego, our Spexwax sales rep will not be able to come with his whole collection for our scheduled frame show tomorrow.
We apologize greatly for the inconvenience.
We will reschedule for sometime in January.

We have 35 beautiful Spexwax frames in the store. Please stop in and check out these gorgeous, one of a kind styles.
New address: 1301 S. Gilbert St. ste. C2…right next door to Big Grove facing Hwy. 6.

We will offer 30% OFF COMPLETE PAIRS of Spexwax frames and lenses to make up for the cancellation.

Thank you for understanding and don’t forget to use those flex dollars before the end of the year!


This Tuesday, Dec. 13 is the day and 10am-5pm is the time! We are having a special frame show event as one of only TWO licensed Spexwax dealers in the Midwest!
Every frame is handmade out of rescued unplayable vinyl records, recrafted with love and artistry, and unique to itself….this is Spexwax eyewear!
Don’t miss these beautiful works of art for your face. We’re at:
1301 S. Gilbert St. ste. C2. We’re loving our beautiful new store!
Lens discounts will apply! Check us out at or call: 319.337.3737

Photos from McDonald Optical's post 12/07/2022

Today’s the day!! Check out these two fabulous frame collections…every frame these brands have to offer for one day only.
Stop in before 7pm and receive 30% off prescription lenses.
New store location: 1301 S. Gilbert St. ste. C2.
You do NOT want to miss this great opportunity!


TOMORROW is the day for our big Lunor/Robert Marc frame show!!
1-7pm is the time and our new store location, 1301 S. Gilbert ste. C2, is the place!
You don’t want to miss the FULL collection of both of these luxury frame brands that you have to feel to get a full appreciation for.
There will be lens discounts and a few sweet treats to get you in the mood for the holidays!
Are your flex benefit dollars expiring at the end of the year? We can help you with that!
See you tomorrow!

Photos from McDonald Optical's post 12/02/2022

Don’t miss our Lunor/Robert Marc frame show!! These handmade classic styles and colors are made with only the finest materials for the best comfort and style.
We will have EVERY frame that each collection offers…and this will happen ONLY at McDonald Optical’s beautiful new store at: 1301 S. Gilbert St. ste. C2.
This great event will be for one day only, Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 1-7pm.
Treats and lens discounts will be offered.


….stay tuned for announcements on some HUGE events coming to our new location in December! Details coming soon.


Stop in and check out our SpexWax collection handmade from vinyl records! Super cool shapes and colors available!
Our hours today are 10-5pm and tomorrow 10am-3pm.
Don’t forget we’ve moved to a beautiful new store at:
1301 S. Gilbert St. ste. C2

Go Hawks!


Happy Thanksgiving!
Come check us out at our brand new location:
1301 S. Gilbert St. ste. C2
IC 52240
Hurry in to use that flex money before the end of the year!
Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Photos from McDonald Optical's post 11/18/2022

Don’t forget to schedule your eye exam before the end of the year. Dr. Kirschling is filling up fast! Don’t lose out on your flex benefits.
Our new OCT 3D Eye Scan offers the most thorough eye exam we’ve ever offered.
Check us out at our brand new store at:
1301 S. Gilbert St. ste. C2
We are THRILLED to be able to offer our customers a better location, more frames to choose from, and an updated store design.
Call 319.337.3737 or visit


Our exterior sign is up!!
Come check out our new store at 1301 S. Gilbert Street ste. C2.
We continue to get new frame styles in every day. Schedule an eye exam appointment with Dr. Kirschling or just stop by to say HELLO and see for yourself why everyone is raving about our new space!

Photos from McDonald Optical's post 11/07/2022

Stop in to our beautiful new store and check out these super lightweight, 3D printed frames! They are available in many shapes AND your favorite colors. You have to try these on to fully appreciate the comfort.
We’re at:
1301 S. Gilbert Street ste. C2
Iowa City 52240
Or call: 319.337.3737

Don’t forget to make your eye appointment with our Dr. Kirschling today. His schedule is filling up fast before the end of the year.


…It’s coming together little by little.

1301 Gilbert Street ste. C2
Iowa City

Thank you for the overwhelming support!

Photos from McDonald Optical's post 11/02/2022

Day ONE is in the books! Yesterday was so much fun…finally getting our new location OPEN was a thrill and a relief.
It was great to see a lot of familiar faces stopping by to say HELLO and best wishes.
Come by to see our beautiful new space:
1301 S. Gilbert St. ste. C2
Iowa City 52240


What a run we’ve had here at Sycamore Mall/IC Marketplace!!! It’s truly been an amazing 20 years. We have been so incredibly fortunate to have a loyal customer base here and hope that you continue to have McDonald Optical be your eye care/eyewear provider. We’re just moving down the street to:
1301 Gilbert Street ste. C2
Iowa City 52240

Come see us today, our last day, and check out some great deals on the coolest frames! We close at 6pm. We will reopen at our new location at 10am Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Thank you!


Time’s running out….only 2 days left!
Get in here today. We still have many great current styles left before we pack everything up for our big move this weekend!


Our moving sale is in full swing! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to create a whole new look for yourself with the best frame selection in town.
Come in today to choose from the best frames before they’re gone.
Address for new location opening November 1st:
1301 S. Gilbert Street ste. C2
Iowa City, 52240
Stay tuned for a sneak peek of our new store coming next week!



🔥 HUGE MOVING SALE 🔥 Details Below:

Help make our move lighter and room for new styles. Select frames are marked UP TO 75% OFF!

✅ October 18-28th
✅ 35% - 75% Off Select Frame Styles
✅ With Purchase Of Prescription Lenses
✅ All The Best Exclusive Brands

Hurry! We don't have much time before the moving trucks arrive!


We have an amazing opportunity to move to 1301 Gilbert St. ste. C2!!
It’s right next door to Big Grove facing Hwy 6 in the same building as Red Ginger and Mint Salon.

We have had an incredible 20 years at IC Marketplace but this was something that we couldn’t pass up!
We’re planning on opening our new location on Tuesday, Nov. 1. We will remain open at our current location through Friday, Oct. 28.

Stay tuned for more details, pics, and videos on upcoming events starting next week to take advantage of BIG savings and celebrate our exciting progress! 🎉🎉


These awesome Dolabany frames display cool styling, radiant colors, and unmatched quality! Stop in today to check them out!

The pouring of the champagne represents some BIG EXCITING NEWS that we will announce at the end of the week. Stay tuned…this is a game changer! 🎉


Orgreen is one of our staff’s favorite collections! Stop in to check out a great selection of the coolest shades around! Available in prescription or non-prescription lenses.


Orgreen is one of our staff’s FAVORITE collections! Stop in to check out a great variety of the coolest shades you’ll find! Available in prescription or non-prescription.


We are getting incredible feedback on Dr. Brian Kirschling:

“Best eye care appointment I’ve ever had anywhere! Brian was incredibly professional and knowledgeable and the staff was fantastic as well.”



Get your BLACK and GOLD here!! Lafont and Spexwax frame designers showing that they root for the Hawks!! These would look great in sunglasses too!!😎

Photos from McDonald Optical's post 09/22/2022

We don’t sell burgers at THIS McDonald’s, but we sure know how to eat! 😊
We love it when Dr. Kirschling buys lunch for the office for a great cause. A HUGE shoutout to Hudson’s Tap for the excellent food!
Don’t forget to plan on supporting DINE OUT FOR EDUCATION for dinner tonight. Knowing that all you have to do is eat to help The Foundation for the ICCSD is a win-win for both sides! 🤓


Call today to make your appointment with our new featured Digital Retinal Wellness screening as an added advanced service!
319.337.3737 or visit our website.


Traditional shapes and colors…
Every day frames that make you feel special!

Photos from McDonald Optical's post 09/15/2022

Check out our Frame Collection of the Month….Spexwax!! They are 20% off this month only with the purchase of lenses!

Made from record vinyl, each one is created by hand with the utmost care and craftsmanship. Extremely rare and unique eyewear in many different shapes and colors, each piece made is the only one of its kind! McDonald Optical and a boutique in Chicago are the only two licensed suppliers in the Midwest.

Cool, comfortable, custom frames…you have to see them up close to appreciate the artistry!

Photos from McDonald Optical's post 09/12/2022

Check out our NEW Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanner as a part of our Digital Retinal Wellness Exam.
Schedule a comprehensive eye exam today and have your eyes checked with the latest technology to detect many types of health conditions not detectable by older methods.
Call 319.337.3737 to make an appointment to see Dr. Kirschling and ask about our new Digital Retinal Wellness Exam. It will be the most thorough eye exam you’ve ever had!

Timeline photos 09/09/2022

McDonald Optical is the finest eyecare & eyewear shop in Iowa City❗❗ If you're in need of optometry care or a pair of new frames, we have you covered!🕶👓

Timeline photos 09/07/2022

Do you guys hear that 👂...*Back in Black by AC/DC starts playing* It's officially only a FEW days until the Hawks take the field for their FIRST GAME❗❗

Stay styling & profiling while supporting the Hawkeyes with frames from McDonald Optical!

Timeline photos 09/05/2022

Live life boldly with bright & unique frames here at McDonald Optical! Individuality never looked SO good!👓🤓

Timeline photos 09/02/2022

Did you know McDonald Optical is more than just Iowa City's #1 eyeglasses store? We also offer top optometry services and treat a wide variety of eye conditions! Reach out or stop by today to learn more! 👀🤓👓

Timeline photos 09/01/2022

Check out our featured frame collection of the month, Spexwax! Spexwax frames are handmade from recycled, unplayable records and feature bold colors, shapes, and styles. Every pair makes a statement! 👓

For the month of September, receive 20% off all Spexwax frames, in-store only! You don't want to miss out on this limited-time deal!

McDonald Optical - Eyecare & Eyewear as Individual as You

McDonald Optical was founded at 16 South Clinton Street, Iowa City, Iowa in June of 1956 by Al McDonald and is still located at that address today. Al’s legacy lives on today with the 4th generation of the McDonald family, Reid McDonald (Al’s grandson) as the current owner. With 2 locations in Iowa City, Optometrists at both locations, and over 1,000 frames per store, McDonald Optical truly has something for everyone and every budget. We specialize in customized products, exclusive frame lines, and good, old fashioned customer service that never goes out of style. We have board certified Opticians at each location to assist you in finding the perfect frames and lenses that meet your lifestyle needs!

Visit our freshly renovated location at the Iowa City Marketplace (Sycamore):
1638 Sycamore St.
Iowa City, Iowa
Phone: (319)337-3737

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1638 Sycamore Street
Iowa City, IA

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm

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