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As your trusted Des Moines and West Des Moines Optometrists, Huseman Eye Care has helpedhundreds of patients see better with contact lenses optimized for their vision needs. Contact lenses are a popular option for people who want to enjoy the best vision possible without the need for eyeglasses. If you’re thinking about contact lenses, here’s what you should know:

Contact Lens Exam vs. a "Regular" Eye Exam: What's the Difference?

A regular comprehensive eye exam focuses on how well you see as well as the health and function of your eyes. Based on the results of your eye exam, the eye doctor can determine if you need corrective lenses or if you need treatments to prevent eye damage or vision loss. In a contact lens exam, the eye doctor will perform additional evaluations and measurements of your cornea, the clear membrane located on top of the pupil and iris.

What Happens During A Contact Lens Fitting With An Optometrist In West Des Moines?

During the contact lens fitting portion of your exam, the eye doctor will use special instruments to carefully evaluate your corneas, looking for irregularities that could affect your ability to wear lenses comfortably or determine if you might need specialty lenses. The cornea will be measured, and you’ll be asked some questions about your lifestyle to help determine which type of contact lenses might be best for your needs. Once these evaluations are complete, the eye doctor will send the information to a lab that specializes in contact lens fabrication, and once the lenses are ready, you’ll come back to the office to ensure they’re a good fit and provide optimal vision correction. In most cases, you’ll receive a trial pair of lenses first so you can try them out for a week or so before ordering a larger supply.

Choosing the Right Lenses: How Your Optometrist in West Des Moines Can Help

If you’re looking for contact lenses in West Des Moines, you have a lot to choose from. There are many types of contact lenses available, including:

  • lenses that can be worn for up to a month before they’re thrown away
  • disposable lenses that are worn for just one day
  • gas permeable (GP) or rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses which many patients find more comfortable than soft contact lenses
  • bifocal lenses or lenses for patients with presbyopia, vision loss associated with natural age-related changes
  • contact lenses for people with astigmatism, a vision problem that occurs when the cornea is misshapen
  • hard-to-fit contact lenses for patients with unusual cornea shapes, including “steep” corneas
  • lenses that alter the color of your eyes

And within all those options, there are different brands of lenses as well. Our optometrists are skilled in helping patients sift through all their options to choose the best lens for their needs, comfort, and preferences.

Are Contact Lenses A Good Choice For You?

Contact lenses can be a great option for many people, but they’re not always an ideal choice. To learn more about contact lenses, or to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, call Huseman Eye Care in West Des Moines at 515.278.1653 or in Des Moines at 515.278.1653.

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Merle Hay Office: 515.278.1653

Monday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday:

9:20 am - 5:30 pm

Sunday:

11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Valley West Office: 515.224.9681

Monday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday:

9:20 am - 5:30 pm

Sunday:

11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Valley West Office : 515.224.9681

Our offices are conveniently located in the Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines and the Valley West Mall in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Merle Hay Office : 515.278.1653

Our offices are conveniently located in the Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines and the Valley West Mall in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Testimonials

Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I decided to get my eyes checked on a whim while I was at the mall and they were able to fit me in. The tech who worked with me worked quickly yet carefully. Dr. Brown was very kind, professional, and knowledgeable."
    Rachel S.
  • "Super friendly, helpful and efficient staff and Dr. Brown is always great to work with. I am very happy with the care and services at this office."
    Beth R.
  • "Had an exam yesterday, everyone was very nice. I also had my rowdy 3-year old and they were so patient as he was very curious to what was going on, they had crayons and paper for him. Dr. Katie was who I saw and she explained everything so well I had no problem understanding what she was telling me. I was impressed with how quickly I was able to see her since this was my first visit and check in went quickly. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone looking for a comfortable atmosphere."
    Ashley B.
  • "I was able to schedule a same day appointment which was very convenient. The technician was very helpful and explained all the tests that were performed. Dr. Brown was fast, efficient, and very through with my eye exam. I will continue to trust Huseman for my eye health."
    Marqui B.
  • "It is always a pleasant experience working with Dr. Soults and Dr. Brown at the Valley West clinic."
    Shane O.

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