Dry Eyes Specialist

Lifetime Eyecare

Optometrists & Aesthetic Specialists located in Jenison, MI

Do your eyes feel dry and irritated? Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common eye conditions in the United States. Lifetime Eyecare in Jenison, Michigan, is a Certified Dry Eye Center of Excellence. Allen Smith, OD, Nicole Gdowski, OD, and provide a broad range of proven dry eye treatments, including TrueTear™, LipiFlow®, and beyond. You don’t need to suffer any longer. Call today or book a consultation online.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome (DES) occurs when you don’t produce enough tears, or the tears you make are of poor quality.

Dry eyes feel uncomfortable and may burn or sting.

In some situations, your dry eyes feel worse, such as on an airplane, in an air-conditioned room, or after staring at a computer screen for hours. Dry eyes can make everyday activities less enjoyable.

Dry eyes may be brought on by a malfunctioning gland, eye allergy, or a health condition. Tears are necessary to lubricate and nourish your eyes. Left untreated, dry eyes may damage your cornea and cause other eye-related issues.


What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

Dry eyes often cause scratchy, stinging, and burning sensations in your eyes. Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Light sensitivity
  • Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
  • The feeling that something is in your eye
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Trouble with nighttime vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Tired eyes
  • Vision complaints

You also may experience watery eyes, as if your eyes are trying to wash out a foreign object.

How are dry eyes diagnosed?

Dr. Smith and Dr. Gdowski diagnose dry eyes through a comprehensive eye exam. They will:

  • Take a complete history, noting any environmental factors or medications that might be related to your condition
  • Examine your eye and eyelids
  • Measure the quantity and quality of your tears

Once your doctor has determined the source of your dry eyes, they suggest treatment options that are right for you.

How are dry eyes treated?

Dry eye treatments are designed to maintain good eye health by restoring a normal amount of tears in the eye, minimizing dryness, and relieving uncomfortable symptoms.

Eye drops are typically the first step to relieve your symptoms. However, Lifetime Eyecare offers a broad array of innovative dry eyes treatments to provide you with long-lasting relief.

  • LipiFlow®: A noninvasive treatment to unclog your Meibomian gland to improve lubrication and comfort in your eye
  • Ocusoft Retaine drops: Provide long-lasting relief for moderate to severe dry eyes, particularly with Meibomian gland dysfunction
  • Punctal plugs: Devices inserted into your tear ducts to retain eye moisture
  • Bruder moist heat eye compress: Opens oil glands to naturally restore moisture to your eye
  • Cliradex®: A preservative-free lid, lash, and facial cleanser to ease dry eye symptoms
  • Restasis®: Drops that increase tears and reduce inflammation
  • Xiidra®: Eye drops that relieve dry eye symptoms within two weeks on average
  • Prokera™: A contact lens-like membrane that treats mild to severe corneal scarring related to dry eyes
  • PRN Dry Eye Omega Benefits: In softgel or liquid form, Omega-3s EPA and DHA help maintain a healthy tear film

If you’ve struggled with chronic dry eyes, you can rely on Dr. Gdowski and Dr. Smith at Lifetime Eyecare for long-lasting and effective treatment. Call today or book a consultation online.