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

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Dry eye syndrome, also known simply as dry eye, is a prevalent condition that affects many people. There is no single treatment option because several things can cause dry eye, which we’ll look at in this article. You don’t necessarily need an examination to diagnose dry eye. However, suppose over-the-counter (OTC) eye drops don’t offer […]

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How Long Do Glasses Prescriptions Last?

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It can be a frustrating experience if you go to get new glasses only to find out your prescription is expired. Fortunately, getting a new one is not difficult, but it will require an exam. While possibly unexpected, eye exams are almost always a good idea. The optometrist will not only update your prescription, but […]

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Can You Wear Contacts With Pink Eye?

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Most of us have probably dealt with the unsightly and uncomfortable condition of pink eye at some point in our lives. Depending on the cause, it can be easy to deal with, but it may also require medication. So, if you’re developing symptoms, it’s a good idea to see an eye doctor for an eye […]

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Dry eye syndrome, also known simply as dry eye, is a prevalent condition that affects many people. There is no single treatment option because several things can cause dry eye, which we’ll look at in this article. You don’t necessarily need an examination to diagnose dry eye. However, suppose over-the-counter (OTC) eye drops don’t offer […]

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It can be a frustrating experience if you go to get new glasses only to find out your prescription is expired. Fortunately, getting a new one is not difficult, but it will require an exam. While possibly unexpected, eye exams are almost always a good idea. The optometrist will not only update your prescription, but […]

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