Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management in the Des Moines Metro Area

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Watch for Eye Trouble with Regular Check-Ups

A regular eye exam does so much more than determine your prescription. It’s a part of your overall healthcare plan and can unearth diseases before symptoms arise. Our optometrists are like vision detectives, ready to search out the root of eye problems at the first sign of trouble. Come visit to protect your eyesight!

Common Eye Diseases

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that progressively damage the optic nerve. Many types of glaucoma involve high intraocular pressure, though some do not. Glaucoma often has no warning signs until it has already progressed to vision damage.

Please visit our glaucoma page to learn more about the risk factors associated with glaucoma, types of glaucoma, and treatments.

Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s lens. They are a common occurrence as we age, and about half of Americans over 80 have cataracts or have undergone cataract surgery.

Cataracts are characterized by clouded vision, dull color vision, halos around lights, and reduced vision at night. The surgery used to treat the condition is effective and safe.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a problem with the central vision of the eye. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 50

Primary symptoms of AMD include:

  • Dark spots in the center of the visual field
  • Straight lines appearing wavy
  • Objects appearing unclear

There is currently no treatment for AMD, so early detection is important. AMD can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices, like a balanced diet, regular exercise, and not smoking.

Conjunctivitis is an infection of the conjunctiva, the transparent layer over the white of the eye. You may know it as pink eye.

Conjunctivitis can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection or allergies. The symptoms can range from pus or crust forming around the eye (especially when waking up), an itchy or gritty feeling in the eye, and redness of the eye.

Though conjunctivitis can be highly contagious and quite uncomfortable, it is usually not harmful to long-term eye health. You can visit us to get antibiotic drops or advice on remedies, depending on what type of conjunctivitis you have.

Safeguarding Your Vision with Service & Smarts

We pride ourselves on our dedication to your eyes. Our team is ready to uncover any eye problems. We use the most effective treatment to manage symptoms or slow disease progression.

Please book an appointment with one of our experienced optometrists, and breathe easy knowing your eye health is in good hands!

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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