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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 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
  • Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Lasik and Refractive Surgery Co-Management
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Our Physicians

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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
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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 Councilor, 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