Dry eyes occur when tear production and tear outflow are not in balance. For multifactorial reasons, simply, you are not producing enough tears or your tears are of poor quality.
Dry Eye Testing
If we see or hear during your comprehensive vision exam that dry eye is affecting you, further evaluation should be performed to figure out the best solution for You! Below are some of tests that you will encounter to determine a proper treatment plan.
This test uses a small, measuring strip that is placed on the eyelid surface to measure the quantity of tear volume that your eye holds over a 5 minute span. It will indicate whether or not you produce and hold the proper amount of tears to keep the surface moist.
Tear Break Up
It is a method to determine the quality of your tear film. We utilize a simple, non-stinging drop of fluorescein that is placed in the eye. Your tears are then graded by the time it takes for your tears to "break apart" or become dry.
An objective test that measures your tear balance or osmolarity. It's a non-invasive lab test that is run in the office to aid with the diagnosis of dry eye.
Your meibomian glands are important to your tear quality and produce the oils or sebum needed to help keep your tears in balance. With the use of near infrared light and high powered magnification, we can measure or grade the integrity of your tear glands.
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