Welcome to Elite Eye Care

serving the greater des moines metro for 10 years

Our vision is at Elite Eye Care is to improve your quality of life by providing the highest level of eye care possible.

We utilize the latest optometric technology to offer exceptional service for patients of all ages.

front office

(515) 987-3937

[email protected]

1350 SE University Ave

Waukee, Iowa 50263


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Hours of Operation

Elite Eye Care


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-2:00 pm





Meet The Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr. Ethan Huisman
    OD, FAAO

    Dr. Huisman was born and raised in Pella, Iowa. He attended Pella High School and graduated with honors from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. In 2001, Dr. Huisman was awarded his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. During his training at ICO, Dr. Huisman received Clinical Honors while completing internships at the Grand Rapids, MI, Veteran’s Hospital, the Chicago Cornea Consultants, St. James Olympia Fields Hospital, IL, and the Pediatric Services at Illinois Eye Institute and University of Chicago Clinics. Dr. Huisman also received the Biocompatibles Award for Innovative Research in Contact Lenses.

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  • Dr. Heidi Bell

    Dr. Heidi Bell, OD, FAAO, FCOVD grew up on a farm in Grand Junction, Iowa. She is a proud Cyclone, graduating with honors from Iowa State University. In 2012, Dr. Bell completed her Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, graduating Cum Laude. She received Clinical Honors and was the recipient of the 2012 Alcon Case Report Award while completing her rotations at Advanced Eye Care in Omaha, NE, the Santa Fe Indian Hospital in Santa Fe, NM and The Eye Center at SCO in Memphis, TN. During her time at SCO, she received an award for clinical excellence during her 3rd year and the Outstanding Clinician Award upon graduation.

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  • Dr. Kelsi Sawatzky

    Dr. Kelsi Sawatzky is from Ankeny, Iowa. She completed her undergraduate degree at Wartburg College, where she also competed on the women’s golf team. In 2017, Dr. Sawatzky graduated with honors from Indiana University School of Optometry in Bloomington Indiana. During her fourth year at IUSO she completed internships at Gundersen Eye Clinic in Decorah, IA, Truhlsen Eye Institute in Omaha, NE and Jesse Brown VA hospital in Chicago, IL. At her rotations, she gained invaluable experience with ocular disease, dry eye, specialty contact lenses and pediatric eye care. 

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Hear What They're Saying About Us!

  • "We've been patients at Elite Eye Care for 5 years now and couldn't ask for better care. We highly recommend them."
    Nancy M.
  • "This was my first time visiting Elite Eye Care. I found the staff to be professional, welcoming and friendly."
    Melinda B.

Featured Articles

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  • Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

    Similar to a bruise under the skin, a subconjunctival hemorrhage happens when a small blood vessel located between the sclera (white portion of an eye) and the conjunctiva (lining on the surface of an eye) breaks and covers the sclera with blood. Unlike broken blood vessels located under the skin which ...

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  • Decorative (Plano) Contact Lenses

    Colored contact lenses allow you to temporarily change your eye color whether or not you need to correct impaired vision. In this way, you can create a more subtle eye appearance, wear a crazy design for special occasions, or just enjoy a new eye color. Will Colored Contacts Change the Way I See? Yes, ...

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  • Wandering Eye

    A wandering eye is a type of eye condition known as strabismus or tropia, and it may be caused by damage to the retina or muscles that control the eye, stroke or brain injury, or an uncorrected refractive error like farsightedness. With a wandering eye, one eye deviates or wanders in a different direction ...

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  • Reading and Writing

    For many adults, reading and writing come so naturally that they seem almost effortless. However, reading and writing are actually complicated skills that take significant effort to learn. For example, reading involves recognizing letters, associating letter combinations with their corresponding sounds, ...

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  • Lazy Eye

    Lazy eye, also referred to as amblyopia, is a condition that develops in infancy or early childhood, and it typically starts when the focus in one eye is more enhanced than the other. The eye with less focus might be impaired due to a significant amount of farsightedness or astigmatism, or something ...

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