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About Us

Physicians Eye Clinic Works for You!

Physicians Eye Clinic is an established team of highly trained, experienced, caring ophthalmologists and staff in West Des Moines, Iowa.

As medical doctors, we provide the full spectrum of eye care — from routine eye exams and emergency eye care to eye disease management and surgery.

Meet Our Doctors

Addressing Vision Needs

Your eye health history and your vision concerns are important to us. We take new patients and appreciate your referrals.

Our physicians provide a wide range of vision services:

  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Comprehensive Eye Exams
  • Advanced Diagnostic Testing
  • Emergency Eye Care
  • Dry Eye
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic Eye Exams
  • Children’s Eye Exams
  • Lasik and Refractive Surgery
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Our Physicians

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Mohamed Hassan, M.D

Physicians Eye Clinic is excited to welcome Dr. Mohamed Hassan, M.D., who will be joining our office in July 2020. Dr. Hassan is a graduate of Waukee High School, and is currently completing his ophthalmology residency at Mayo Clinic.

This is what faculty of the Ophthalmology Department at Mayo Clinic say about him:

“Dr. Hassan is an excellent resident and physician. He is very intelligent and caring and has a strong work ethic. Within moments of meeting Dr. Hassan, you will realize he is a very kind and caring person. This makes him very well liked among his peers, the staff, and his patients.”

We are scheduling now for appointments with Dr. Hassan beginning in July.

Clinical Specialties & Interests
  • General Ophthalmology: Routine Eye Exams, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Cataract Surgery and Laser Surgery
Education
  • B.A. from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
  • M.D. from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Residency
  • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
    Interests
    • Tennis, swimming, football, technology, travel

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    Elizabeth A. Brown, M.D.

    Clinical Specialties & Interests
    • Routine Eye Exams, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Eye Emergencies, and Other Eye Diseases
    • Performs Cataract Surgery, Laser Surgery, Glaucoma Surgery, Eyelid and Brow Surgeries
    • Clinical Associate Professor: University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology
    • Special interests include Premium Intraocular Lenses, Repair of Eyelids, Neuro-ophthalmology
    Education
    • B.S. from University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
    • M.A. from University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
    • M.D. from University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
    Residency
    • LDS Hospital, Internship in Transitional Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • University of Minnesota, Ophthalmology Residency, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Accreditations
    • License: Iowa State Medical License
    • Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology
    • Maintenance of Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology
    Professional Memberships
    • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
    • Member, Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology
    • Member and former Counselor, Polk County Medical Society
    Interests
    • Writing, traveling with family, water skiing, gardening
    Recognition
    • Named a "Top Doc" by DSM Magazine
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    Valerie K. Kounkel, D.O., FAOCO

    Clinical Specialties & Interests
    • Routine Eye Exams, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Eye Disease, Uveitis and Other Eye Diseases
    • Performs Cataract Surgery Using New Technology Intraocular Lenses, Laser Vision Correction (LASIK, ASA), Glaucoma Laser Surgery
    • Special interests include Laser Vision Correction
    Education
    • B.S. from Morningside College, Sioux City, IA
    • D.O. From Kirksville College Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO
    Internship
    • Riverside Hospital, HFHS, Trenton, MI
    Residency
    • Ohio University-Doctors Hospital, Columbus, OH
    Accreditations
    • Licensure: Iowa State Medical Board
    • Board Certification: American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology
    • Fellowship: American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology 2005
    Professional Memberships
    • Fellow, American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology
    • American Academy of Ophthalmology
    • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
    • American Osteopathic Association
    • Polk County Medical Society
    • President, Des Moines Ophthalmic Society
    • Sigma Sigma Phi - Honorary Osteopathic Fraternity
    Interests
    • Golf, biking, boating/fishing with family
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    Beth M. Amspaugh, M.D.

    Clinical Specialties & Interests
    • Routine Eye Exams for Adults and Children, Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, Uveitis and Other Eye Diseases
    • Performs Cataract Surgery, Laser Glaucoma Surgery and Eyelid Procedures
    • Special interests include Family Eye Care, Research Trials
    Education
    • B.A. from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
    • M.A. from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
    • M.D. from University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, Wisconsin
    Residency
    • St. Vincent Hospitals and Health Services, Internship in Internal Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Indiana University School of Medicine, Ophthalmology Residency, Indianapolis, Indiana
    Accreditations
    • License: Iowa State Medical License
    • Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology
    • Maintenance of Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology
    Professional Memberships
    • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
    • Volunteer Physician Network, Polk County Medical Society
    • Eye Care America Public Service Program, American Academy of Ophthalmology
    Interests
    • Hiking and nature, languages and history, faith and family
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    David S. Dwyer, M. D.

    Clinical Specialties & Interests
    • General Ophthalmology: Routine Eye Exams, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy
    • Cataract Surgery and Laser Surgery
    Education
    • B.S. from University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
    • M.D. from University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
    Residency
    • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri
    Accreditations
    • Licenses: Iowa State Medical License, Missouri Medical License
    • Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology
    • Clinical Instructor for the University of Iowa
    Professional Memberships
    • Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology
    • Iowa Eye Association
    • Iowa Medical Society
    • Polk County Medical Society
    Interests
    • Boating, water skiing, private pilot