Eye Care

Don’t lose sight of your eye health

In our busy daily lives, it’s easy to forget about regular eye exams. But ensuring the health of your eyes is critical to maintaining your vision.

During your exam, we’ll ask you about your medical and vision history. Then we’ll conduct several eye tests, including:

  • Visual Acuity: to evaluate your best corrected vision at distance and near
  • Intraocular Pressure: to evaluate the pressure (IOP) inside your eye
  • Extraocular Motility and Pupil Function: to assess the muscles that align your eyes, and the pupil to assess for healthy response to light/dark conditions
  • Slit Lamp Exam: a specialized microscope is used to examine your eye from the front to the back of your eyes
  • Dilation: drops may be instilled in your eyes to widen your pupil so that the inside of your eye, including the lens, retina and optic nerve, can be examined with a better view

Why you should see an ophthalmologist

All Physicians Eye Clinic doctors are ophthalmologists. An ophthalmologist is an “Eye MD” — a medical doctor who specializes in the eyes. Ophthalmologists must graduate from college and complete at least eight years of additional medical training. As medical doctors, ophthalmologists can:

  • Diagnose and treat all eye diseases
  • Perform eye surgery
  • Prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses

Optometrists, on the other hand, are not medical doctors. After completing college and four years of optometry school, optometrists receive a doctor of optometry (OD) degree. They can conduct eye exams, prescribe and dispense corrective lenses, detect some eye abnormalities and prescribe medications for a few select eye diseases, which vary by state.

Opticians are technicians who fit eyeglasses, contact lenses and other devices to correct eyesight. Opticians do not test vision or write prescriptions for vision correction. Opticians cannot diagnose or treat eye diseases.

Contact Us

Physicians Eye Clinic
2101 Westown Pkwy.
West Des Moines, IA
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Phone: (515) 225-2566
Fax: (515) 225-2425
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Mon.-Fri.: 8 AM-5 PM
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