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Conditions Treated By Our Des Moines & West Des Moines Optometrist Team

Our optometrists in West Des Moines want to help you keep a close eye on your future! That's why our team is proud to offer comprehensive eye disease treatment, diagnosis, and prevention for a variety of vision and eye conditions that can affect people of all ages. 

Whether you're having active symptoms of a visual problem or simply due for a comprehensive eye exam, the optometrist team at Huseman Eye Care has the skills and technology to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions: 

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Allergies/Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis (commonly called pink eye) is a highly contagious eye infection, typically caused by a bacteria or virus. Chief symptoms include itchy, red, swollen, and watery eyes, along with crusty residue. An allergic response to pollen, dust, smoke, medication, or some other environmental allergen can also lead to similar symptoms. Treatment requires a combination of medication and exceptional hygiene to prevent the spread of infection.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Chronic dry eye is caused by a decrease in the amount and/or quality of tears, which are necessary to moisturize, nourish, and protect the delicate outer surface of your eyes. Symptoms include burning and eye discomfort, increased sensitivity to light, blurry vision, and the sense of grittiness in the eyes. Treat typically includes medicated eye drops and in some cases referral to an opthalmologist if the tear ducts need to be surgically corrected.

Glaucoma Treatment in West Des Moines

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss, and is strongly associated with--if not directly caused by--an increase in inner eye pressure due to a build-up of intra-ocular fluid. This pressure causes damage to the optic nerve. Known as the "sneak thief of sight," symptoms often don't present until long after the disease has progressed. Treatment usually requires medications, eye drops, corrective eyewear and other low vision strategies. 

Macular Degeneration

This disease involves the gradual breakdown of a spot on the center of your retina called the macula. Symptoms include blurry vision and a decreased ability to see in dim lighting. Treatment--which may include supplements and nutritional changes or surgery--depends on the underlying cause ("dry" vs. "wet"). 

Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes is a disorder that impairs your ability to control blood sugar levels. This condition can lead to a lot of inflammation in your body, which damages blood vessels and other tissues. People with diabetes are at risk for an eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy, which can cause blurry vision, floaters, and impaired color perception. Early treatment requires careful management of the underlying diabetes, however advanced cases may require a referral to an ophthalmologist for surgery or laser treatment. 

Astigmatism

This disorder is associated by an abnormal curvature of your eye. This curve affects the way light enters the eye and can prevent visual images from focusing clearly on the retina. Your optometrist in West Des Moines can prescribe contact lenses and/or eyeglasses to help correct the refractive error and reduce your symptoms of blurry vision, eye strain, and headaches.

Amblyopia

This is a broad term (also known as "lazy eye") used to describe the inability of an eye to clearly focus. It's usually accompanied by the brain compensating by overly relying on the other eye for vision. This may happen due to a disruption in the ability of the brain to communicate with the affected eye, an abnormal position of one eye (called strabismus), or some other factor. Treatment depends on what's causing the amblyopia, and can include eye drops, eye patches (over the "good" eye so the affected eye is forced to strengthen), glasses, contact lenses, and surgery in some cases. 

Cataracts

This is a common eye health condition that leads to a clouding of the normally clear lens (located behind your colored iris). Common symptoms include blurry vision, seeing "halos" around light sources, and poor night vision. Our West Des Moines optometrist team can support you before and after a cataract removal surgery, which is a safe outpatient procedure performed by an ophthalmologist.

Computer Vision Syndrome

Whether you realize it or not, you use your eyes differently when you're looking at a computer screen. You blink less, have to strain against glare, and are even exposed to an increased amount of blue light emissions, which can damage your retinal tissue over time. Computer vision syndrome is a temporary condition that causes headaches, eye fatigue, and even dry eyes. Treatment requires lifestyle adjustment as well as corrective eyewear to maximize eyesight during tasks with digital devices. 

Are You Having A Problem With Your Vision? Visit With an Eye Doctor in Urbandale, West Des Moines & Surrounding Iowa Areas

Don't take your vision and eye health for granted. To schedule an eye exam in West Des Moines, call Huseman Eye Care now at 515-224-9681. Or call our second Huseman Eye Care office in Des Moines at 515-278-1653. Our friendly staff will be able to connect you with an eye doctor in Urbandale (also serving other nearby Iowa communities) who cares as much about your eye health as you do! Call us today. 

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