Diagnosing Dry Eye in Ludington

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Dry eye is a common condition that can cause discomfort and affect your daily routine. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as red, irritated, or dry eyes, it may be time to seek professional help. 

At the Dry Eye Center of West Michigan, we are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye, offering modern tools, technologies, and strategies to bring you the care you deserve.

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I was having issues seeing clearly. My eyes were itchy and sometimes crusty and bloodshot. I was seen by Branning and diagnosed with dry eyes. I was able to get Lip A Flo treatments, followed by OptiLight treatments. The difference was noticed immediately. Clear vision, not itchy and crusty, and the whites of my eyes are a brighter white. I am so thankful for the improvements I have experienced and the follow-up appointments. Thank you so much for my clear vision and the high-tech equipment and knowledge of all staff.

Dr. Branning changed my life. Before seeing her, I spent 18 months feeling miserable with dry, red, burning eyes. I couldn’t go outside in the spring or summer because my eyes were so sensitive. I felt scared too. I had seen many ophthalmologists. No one understood why I was miserable and unresponsive to medications. 

When I saw Dr. Branning, she told me why and what was wrong with my eyes. She performed a comprehensive diagnostic workup. She went so far as to imagine my meibomian glands and measure ocular inflammation! 

Dr. Branning offered me a range of treatment options, including regenerative therapies like IPL. My eyes have greatly improved because of Dr. Branning. And I have great peace of mind knowing she is guiding my care. She is a brilliant educator, excellent at what she does, and cares about her patients. I drove over 4 hours to see her. It is worth every minute and cent of gas money!

I have been dealing with a severe dry eye condition for more than 20 years. During that time, I have undergone three eye surgeries and been seen by seven eye doctors for treatments. My eyes are usually red, swollen, burning, and blurry, with acuity ranging from 20/20 to 20/200. I would use 1-2 bottles of serum eye drops per day as well as other medications. 

I was referred to Dr. Branning for Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment. At my first visit, Dr. Branning said that I had one of the worst cases of dry eyes that she had seen in more than 30 years. At that stage, they were too bad to start the treatment. In the two months before I could receive the IPL treatment, she was able to get my eyes to improve significantly. After receiving my first two IPL treatments, I have no red eyes, no swelling, no burning, and clear vision. Now I only use one bottle of serum eye drops every 3-4 days and only at night. What an improvement! Dr. Branning has been a “miracle worker” for me!

I recently completed IPL treatment for dry eye with Dr. Branning and Dr. Goodwin. I am SOOOOOO happy with my results!! I hesitated at first to schedule as I didn’t think my symptoms were “that bad”, but boy was I wrong! I noticed results after the first treatment! I now understand why people come from all over Michigan for this state-of-the-art treatment! Their knowledge and expertise were over the top! As a side note, this also improved my complexion! My skin tone looks amazing, and I’ve even lost some “age spots”! Thank you, Drs. Branning and Goodwin!

Common Dry Eye Causes

Dry eye can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Aging
  • Certain medical conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid complications, etc.)
  • Prolonged use of digital devices (laptops, smartphones, etc.) 
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Hormonal changes (for example, menopause)
  • Long-term contact lens use

Understanding the underlying cause of your dry eye can help us to create an effective treatment plan.

Dry Eye Diagnostic Technology

To diagnose dry eye, our doctors use innovative diagnostic technology. We start with a validated questionnaire called a SPEED score. In addition, we use TearLab, InflammaDry, meibography, and the Keratograph 5M to get a comprehensive understanding of your condition. We gather a thorough history detailing CPAP use, beauty products applied to the face and eye, allergies, past ocular surgeries, and much more to understand your needs.

Our doctors are dedicated to continuously learning and providing the most up-to-date methods to treat our patients.

TearLab is an objective, quantitative point-of-care diagnostic test that provides precise and predictive information. The TearLab Osmolarity System is intended to measure the osmolarity of human tears, or the total amount of dissolved substances in tears, to aid in the diagnosis of dry eye.

InflammaDry is a quick and noninvasive test that measures the level of inflammation in your tears. 

This information is important because it can help determine the underlying cause of dry eye and inform the development of an effective treatment plan.

The Keratograph 5m is a device that provides a detailed analysis of the health of your cornea and tear film. This information helps us to better understand the underlying causes of your dry eye and develop a customized treatment plan.

Meibography allows us to evaluate the morphology of the meibomian glands, located in the lower and upper eyelids, and to determine whether they fulfill their function of providing the necessary fats to limit tear evaporation. It is a noninvasive technology that allows your doctor to take images of the meibomian glands and assess the amount of gland atrophy.

Get Started on the Road to Comfortable Vision

If you’re experiencing symptoms of dry eye, don’t wait to seek professional help. Contact the Dry Eye Center of West Michigan today to schedule an appointment and let our experienced team help you get the relief you need. 

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  • 409 West Ludington Avenue
  • Ludington, MI 49431

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  • Monday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:15 AM 5:00 PM
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  • Friday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
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