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Thayer Eye Care

Independent Doctor of Optometry
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM 9:00 AM - 3:00 PMClosed Today
An annual eye exam is way more than making sure you are seeing your best; we can help determine your vision needs as well as detect overall health issues. Making sure you stay healthy, feel great, and leave confident is our goal every day.
Services
  • Contact Lens Examination
  • Contact Lens Fittings
  • Online Scheduling
  • Same Day Exams
  • Walk-in Exams
  • Pediatrics
  • Medical Eye Exams
  • Contact Lens Exams
  • Diabetic Exams
Exam Fees
  • Eye Exam Starting Fee $80.00 Includes Dilation
  • Contact Lens Starting Fee $40.00
Insurance/Discount Plans
We accept most insurances, including:
  • Aetna
  • Avesis
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Davis
  • Aetna
  • Avesis
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Davis
  • Eyemed
  • HealthPartners
  • Superior
  • UHC Spectera
  • Vision Benefits of America
Payment Types
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Discover
  • American Express
  • Applepay
  • Cash
  • Check
Languages
  • English
Location
Location Information
Located at or next to Target Optical
Thayer Eye Care
5405 Mills Civic Pkwy
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
US
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Location Hours

Day of the WeekHours
Mon11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tue10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wed12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thu10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Fri1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sat9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SunClosed
About Thayer Eye Care
Thayer Eye Care is the local eye doctor to see for all of your Optometry needs in West Des Moines, IA. From contact lens examinations to contact lens fittings to general eye care, Thayer Eye Care will help diagnose, treat, and assess your overall health—and how it affects your eyes. Busy? We offer online, walk-in, and same day exams to fit your schedule. Thayer Eye Care also accepts many insurance carriers and discount plans. Come visit our office at 5405 Mills Civic Pkwy West Des Moines, IA 50266 and schedule an eye exam today!
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Dr. Peter Thayer
An annual eye exam is way more than making sure you are seeing your best; we can help determine your vision needs as well as detect overall health issues. Making sure you stay healthy, feel great, and leave confident is our goal every day.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When should I see an optometrist?
When should I see an optometrist?
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You should see an optometrist once a year whether or not you believe you need vision correction. An annual eye exam can detect not only eye diseases but also other diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Schedule your eye exam today.
What should I bring to my eye exam?
What should I bring to my eye exam?
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You should bring your vision insurance and medical insurance information to your eye exam. If you currently wear any prescription lenses, bring your eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses. You should also bring any and all questions you may have. Contact your optometrist if you have specific questions about any additional items you think you may need to bring to your eye exam.
How do I know if my child needs glasses?
How do I know if my child needs glasses?
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Taking your child to an optometrist for an eye exam is the best way to learn if your child needs glasses. Many children who need glasses aren’t aware that they do. Signs of vision problems in children include sitting too close to the television, squinting, sensitivity to light, difficulty with eye-hand coordination, and avoiding visual activities like reading and drawing. To see if your child needs glasses, schedule your child’s eye exam today.
How does vision change with age?
How does vision change with age?
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Changes in vision that occur with age include reduced pupil size, dry eyes, loss of peripheral vision, decreased color vision, and vitreous detachment. The most common vision problem that comes with age is presbyopia, which is the normal and unavoidable age-related loss of focusing ability. Different types of lenses can provide help for presbyopia. The risk of developing cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy increases with age too. Your optometrist will discuss any age-related vision problems you’re experiencing at your next annual eye exam.
Who can wear contact lenses?
Who can wear contact lenses?
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Nearly anyone who needs vision correction can wear contact lenses. Contact lenses can provide vision correction for people with nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or a combination of these issues. Finding the perfect lens for you is sometimes a process of trial and error. All of the lens parameters can be finalized only after you’ve worn the successful combination. Schedule an eye exam to talk with your optometrist about whether contact lenses would be a good vision correction option for you.
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YOUR FAMILY’S VISION BENEFITS MAY BE EXPIRING

As you wrap up the year, don’t forget about eye exams for you and your family! Booking an eye exam makes it easy to get the most out of your vision benefits, especially if they expire at the end of the year*. Not only will you save money, but our trusted eye doctors will provide thorough eye exams so you can feel good about heading into 2022. Remember, your vision benefits likely cover prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses, and you can also use your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) on eye exams and prescription eyewear. We know your time is important and our eye doctors can get you in and out of your exam in no time. Schedule your eye exam online today! *Insurance plans may vary. Consult your benefits for more details.