Specialized dry eye care right here in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Dr. Kelly Oliver has spent the last 10 years perfecting her skills in the treatment and management of dry eyes and meibomian gland dysfunction. Please call us at 847-358-2020 to schedule an appointment.

About  Kelly Oliver, OD

Doctor of Optometry

Dr. Kelly Oliver earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Loras College.  There, she worked at a local optometry office where she discovered her
true passion for optometry.  Dr. Oliver then began studies at the Illinois College of
Optometry where she graduated with honors.  Dr. Oliver is currently a member of both the Illinois Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.
She also completed mission work in Costa Rica where she treated over 1,000 underprivileged patients.

Dr. Oliver has also had the opportunity to practice side by side with several successful optometrists and ophthalmologists in a number of different specialties including ocular disease, traumatic brain injuries, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and dry eyes.
Dry eyes is one of the most common conditions seen in the optometry field.  This is a treatable condition that Dr. Oliver feels very passionate about.  Our Dry Eye Center here at Gustafson Eye Care, headed by Dr. Oliver, continues to drive patients to our practice.  Glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular  degeneration are also commonly seen ocular conditions that, if not treated properly, can produce more severe symptoms over time.  Dr. Oliver has dedicated significant time to understanding each of these diseases and she continues to manage and treat patients every day.  The equipment and technology at our office helps her stay at the forefront and assures that patients are receiving the best care possible.

Dr. Oliver also appeared on an ABC 7 New Special Report outlining the importance of pediatric examinations and its impact in the classroom.

Dr. Oliver and her family reside in Lake County.  She has lived in the area her entire life.  Dr. Oliver is going to provide optometric services on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.


Your lids and the oils they produce are very important when it comes to keeping your eyes moist, white, and comfortable. The vast majority of dry eye issues are related to problems with the oily glands in your lids.


Fortunately, there are some great new treatments for dry eyes due to meibomian gland dysfunction. Our office is the first in Chicago-land to incorporate Equinox Low Level Light therapy. Equinox Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) is a non-invasive, pain and stress-free Meibomian Gland & Dry Eye Treatment for all patients regardless of skin type. Additionally, we have Lipiflow which is fast becoming the standard of care for MGD with studies demonstrating its safe and effective results. LipiFlow was designed to minimize patient discomfort during a 12 minute in-office treatment that most patients describe as a gently massaging of the eye lids.

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The tear film on the outer surface of the eye consists of three layers largely responsible for everyday visual comfort. When the tear film is compromised, the eye surface becomes easily irritated with symptoms that may include redness, excessive watering, scratchy feelings and general eye discomfort. The top oily layer of the tear film is the protective coating that keeps the middle watery layer intact. When oil production is inhibited, the watery layer of the eye surface is left exposed. This is the root cause for the majority of those with Dry Eye.

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Dr. Thomas Gustafson

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Dr. Kelly Oliver

Dry Eye Guru!

Dr. Rachel Hutchins

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Dr. Mark Buranosky

Cornea and Cataract specialist. Overall nice guy!

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