Allergies and Eye Discomfort


If you find yourself with itchy, watery and swollen eyes you may be a sufferer of seasonal allergies. [Read more…]

Downtown Eye Care’s Macular Degeneration FAQ

Macular Degeneration Des MoinesMacular degeneration is a chronic eye disease that affects many older Americans that can only be treated effectively if it is diagnosed in its early stages. Even if you have normal vision with no symptoms of the disease, it’s important to undergo regular comprehensive eye exams to determine the health of your eyes and diagnose issues like macular degeneration that can lead to permanent blindness if left untreated. Our vision care team at Downtown Eye Care in Des Moines, headed by our board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Barbara Evans, M.D., will provide answers to your most important questions regarding macular degeneration and how to best protect your vision.

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Come to Our Vision Clinic for Your Favorite Frames

Optometrist in Des MoinesIf you find yourself starting to squint or strain more often to see things that used to cause you no trouble at all, it’s time to see us at Downtown Eye Care in Des Moines. Our team, headed by Dr. Barbara Evans, M.D., can give you a comprehensive eye exam and help you pick out new glasses in our vision clinic. You’ll be impressed by the benefits we provide to make your experience shopping for new glasses easy and fun, like our friendly and knowledgeable eye care professionals and our Smart Mirror technology! [Read more…]

Introducing the Downtown Eye Care Smart Mirror!

smart mirror_eye care examPeople with especially blurry vision can have a hard time shopping for new glasses because they can’t see what new frames look like on their faces, but Downtown Eye Care’s Smart Mirror technology solves the problem. If you’re one of those people whose blurry vision makes shopping for new glasses a hassle, you’ll be delighted by how effortless and fun the process can be with our Smart Mirror. Today our team at Downtown Eye Care in Des Moines, IA will explain what the Smart Mirror is and how it can help you pick out your new glasses with ease! [Read more…]

Vision Screening vs. Comprehensive Eye Exams

eye exams_downtown eye careIf it’s been awhile since you’ve been to the eye doctor, you may not know what to expect when you come in for an appointment. For example, did you know that there’s a big difference between vision screening and comprehensive eye exams? If you’re not sure what the differences are between these two examinations, this article will explain everything you need to know. Our team at Downtown Eye Care in Des Moines, IA is here to serve all of your eye health needs, from eye exams to glasses and contacts to surgical procedures for correcting your vision. [Read more…]

Glaucoma and Family History Can Affect Your Vision

glaucoma treatment with downtown eye care Although anyone can develop glaucoma, those who have a family history of this optic nerve disease can be at even greater risk. The only way to effectively diagnose and prevent significant damage to your optic nerve is through early detection with regularly scheduled comprehensive eye exams. Dr. Barbara Evans, M.D. at Downtown Eye Care in Des Moines, IA has years of experience diagnosing and treating glaucoma in her patients. If you have a family history of glaucoma, it’s important for you to undergo regular eye exams. [Read more…]

Choose Eye Care with Your Flex Spending Account

flex spending account_eye care examsIf your health insurance is set to roll over on January 1, you should know that there’s no better time to spend the money you have left in your flex spending account. That’s because any money you’ve contributed to your flex spending account over the course of the year is forfeited once your health insurance rolls over. If you have eye care needs at the close of the year, you should also know that many of services at Downtown Eye Care in Des Moines, IA can be paid for using your flex spending account.

Whether you need a comprehensive eye exam, a new pair of glasses or contacts, or you need eye surgery to correct a vision problem, our team can help you make the most of your flex spending account before the start of the New Year. Our board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Barbara Evans, M.D., can take care of most of your eye care needs in our convenient location in downtown Des Moines. [Read more…]

Why You Should Be Wearing Sunglasses Year-Round

prescription sunglassesPrescription and non-prescription sunglasses, far from being just a fashion statement or finishing touch accessory, are a necessary tool for the health of your eyes. Even if you have sunglasses and dutifully wear them in the summer months, chances are that you retire them during the other seasons, and this can lead to big problems! Sunglasses should really be worn year-round to protect your eyes from UV rays and eye strain from excessive light, and to avoid the complications that can arise from these issues.

Today, our team at Downtown Eye Care in Des Moines will go over the top reasons why you should be wearing sunglasses throughout the year, and tell you how we can help you pick the perfect nonprescription and prescription sunglasses to suit your needs. [Read more…]

How Diabetes Affects Eye Health, a Q & A

diabetes eye health_Downtown Eye CareIf you have diabetes, it’s important to know that this condition can have potentially serious effects on your eye health. While you may know that it’s important for everyone to undergo regular comprehensive eye exams, you may still have questions about how being diabetic could affect your eye health. Today our eye health team at Downtown Eye Care in Des Moines are going to answer your most important questions regarding diabetes and eye health, so you and your loved ones can better manage this prevalent condition. [Read more…]

I Have Normal Vision…Why is an Eye Exam Necessary?

eye exams_Downtown Eye CareIf it’s been awhile since your last eye exam, our team at Downtown Eye Care in Des Moines, IA wants to share with you why regular eye exams are necessary, even if your vision seems normal. You see, regular professional eye exams are the only way to check for a number of different eye-related health problems, including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy.

Even if you don’t have symptoms of these problems now, a board-certified ophthalmologist like Dr. Barbara Evans at Downtown Eye Care can diagnose eye-related health problems in their early stages and suggest treatments that can save your vision. We recommend that adults come in for an eye exam at least once every two years, and annually after turning 60. [Read more…]