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Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Help Treat Dry Eyes

Research proves that taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement can reduce symptoms of dry eyes which include stinging, itching, burning, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, and excessive tearing. Dry eye disease tends to be a chronic condition, and it usually cannot be cured completely. However, in addition to using artificial tears for comfort, taking a high quality Omega-3 supplement can improve the quality of the tears and help relieve symptoms of dry eyes. Dr. Barbara Evans, a board-certified ophthalmologist in Des Moines, has a special interest in treating dry eye disease as she herself has Sjogren’s Disease which causes chronic dry eyes.

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Vision Screening vs. Comprehensive Eye Exams

If it’s been a while 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 a 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. Dr. Barb Evans 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.

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What To Expect During an Eye Exam

When you come in for your eye exam, you’ll be welcomed into our waiting room and optical shop. You can read, relax or try on the latest fashions in eyewear while you wait to be called to the pretesting area by one of our friendly ophthalmic technicians. One of our board-certified ophthalmologists will then examine your eyes and you will have your eyes dilated. It is best to have a driver at your first visit and not to plan to drive for at least 2 hours after your appointment.

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

If it’s been a while since your last eye exam, Dr. Barb Evans 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.

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Why You Should Be Wearing Sunglasses Year-Round

Prescription 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.

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How Diabetes Affects Eye Health, a Q & A

If 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 Dr. Barb Evans in Des Moines is going to answer your most important questions regarding diabetes and eye health, so you and your loved ones can better manage this prevalent condition.

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Choose Eye Care with Your Flex Spending Account

If 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 the services Dr. Barb Evans in Des Moines, IA offers can be paid for using your flex spending account.

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Glaucoma and Family History Can Affect Your Vision

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. Our board-certified ophthalmologists in Des Moines, IA have years of experience diagnosing and treating glaucoma patients. If you have a family history of glaucoma, it’s important for you to undergo regular eye exams.

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Dr. Barb Evans Eye Care’s Macular Degeneration FAQ

Macular 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. Dr. Barb Evans in Des Moines, (a board-certified ophthalmologist), will provide answers to your most important questions regarding macular degeneration and how to best protect your vision.

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Experiencing Allergies and Eye Discomfort?

The best way to keep seasonal allergies at bay is to stay away from allergens. Stay indoors as much as possible when pollen counts are high. When inside also be sure to use the air conditioner to filter the air from pollen, be sure to use a high-quality furnace filter to trap common allergens. When you do have to go outside be sure to drive with the car windows up and wear wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes from allergens.

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When it comes to searching the internet for information about your eyes, it is important to use a reputable source. Clicking on the Get Eye Smart link or image will take you to the American Academy of Ophthalmology where you can easily find reliable information.

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Schedule Appointment With Barbara E. Evans, M.D.

Barbara E. Evans, M.D. has been an ophthalmologist for 29+ years. She provides comprehensive eye care for your entire family. From performing eye exams for routine vision care as well as ocular medical conditions, Barbara E. Evans is committed to exceeding all of your expectations! Please call 515-225-2566 to request an appointment with Dr. Evans.