Specialty Contact Lenses in the Des Moines Metro Area

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Contact Lenses for Different Eye Conditions

Gone are the days where contacts are tricky to prescribe and wear! Thanks to advances in contact lens technology, most people can wear contacts! Still, some people may not be good candidates for contact lenses, but we can’t determine that until we’ve had a look at your eyes

Visit our doctors to have a complete contact lens exam!

Our Specialty Lenses

Scleral Contacts

Scleral contacts are designed to sit on the white of the eye (the sclera). This makes them ideal for those with irregular corneas.

These contact lenses generally have a large diameter and cover more of the eye than traditional lenses. Scleral lenses were the first contact lenses invented! They were originally made of glass and couldn’t be worn for more than a few hours at a time. Fortunately, things have changed a lot since 1887.

Keratoconus is when the cornea, which is normally rounded and smooth, thins and becomes cone-shaped. This irregular shape can lead to vision problems like distorted vision and myopia.

Different types of contact lenses can be used to treat keratoconus, including custom soft lenses, gas permeable contacts, hybrid lenses, and scleral lenses. Our optometrists can determine which lens will be the most appropriate for you!

MiSight® lenses are used for myopia control for children. These single-use, daily disposable contacts help slow the elongation of the eye that leads to myopia.

These lenses can be used by children as young as 8. Contact lenses allow your child freedom from frames while maintaining better vision and let them get back to being kids.

Paragon CRT lenses are specialty contact lenses that use corneal refractive therapy (CRT) to slow the progression of myopia in children. These lenses gently reshape the cornea during sleep, so no corrective lenses need to be worn during the day.

Discover the World of Contacts with Metro EyeCare

Come visit for a contact lens exam and see what type of lenses are available for you and your family!

Our Locations

Altoona

  • 1005 8th St SW, Suite A.
  • Altoona, IA 50009

Ankeny

  • 111 NW 9th St
  • Ankeny, IA 50023

Johnston

  • 5501 NW 86th St., Suite 500
  • Johnston, IA 50131

Our Blog

Eyebrows and Eyelashes

Vision Tips

Our eyebrows and eyelashes aren’t just there for decoration. They’re not even just there for helping us make different facial expressions or to make our eyes stand out. They’re actually the first line of defense our eyes have against airborne contaminants and other hazards. How Eyelashes Protect Our Eyes It might seem weird to think […]

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May 27, 2020
Jeff Neighbors

20/20 In Hindsight: The Snellen Eye Chart

Vision Tips

Have you ever wondered where that chart with the big E in every eye doctor’s office came from? The famous eye chart is actually called the Snellen Chart. It was named for the 19th-century Dutch ophthalmologist who first developed it. Glasses Before Eye Charts Glasses were invented in Italy around 1286, though they were fairly crude. […]

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July 26, 2017
Jeff Neighbors

Contact Lenses: All of the Options

Vision Tips

The views expressed in this post are that of Metro Eyecare. The author has no financial disclosures to make regarding this blog post. Any views or classifications of contact lenses are opinion only and may not reflect the views of the other doctors or intended by the manufacturer. So now that we know what we […]

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March 25, 2014
Jeff Neighbors

Our eyebrows and eyelashes aren’t just there for decoration. They’re not even just there for helping us make different facial expressions or to make our eyes stand out. They’re actually the first line of defense our eyes have against airborne contaminants and other hazards. How Eyelashes Protect Our Eyes It might seem weird to think […]

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Have you ever wondered where that chart with the big E in every eye doctor’s office came from? The famous eye chart is actually called the Snellen Chart. It was named for the 19th-century Dutch ophthalmologist who first developed it. Glasses Before Eye Charts Glasses were invented in Italy around 1286, though they were fairly crude. […]

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The views expressed in this post are that of Metro Eyecare. The author has no financial disclosures to make regarding this blog post. Any views or classifications of contact lenses are opinion only and may not reflect the views of the other doctors or intended by the manufacturer. So now that we know what we […]

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