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DRY EYE TESTING

TearLab Osmolarity: This test measures the salt content of tears, using a tiny sample of tears collected from the eyelid margin. Tear osmolarity has been shown to be consistently elevated in dry eye disease, and is used both to diagnose dry eye and to track the success of treatment.

LipiView: This instrument captures video images with a high-tech interferometer, enabling the doctor to measure the amount and quality of the lipid (oil) layer of the tear film. In addition, the instrument records the completeness of the patient’s blinks. This information, along with other test results, is used to determine the best treatment strategy.

Schirmer testing: This is a measure of the volume (amount) of tears produced by the eyes in normal circumstances. Certain conditions can cause a significant decrease in tear production, with resultant aqueous-deficient dry eye disease. The test uses tiny strips of paper placed along the eyelid margin to measure the amount of tears produced in 5 minutes.

Fluorescein staining: This is done with a tiny amount of fluorescein dye dissolved in your tears. Fluorescein will highlight areas of surface irritation resulting from dry eye disease.

Lissamine Green staining: This highlights cells that are devitalized (unhealthy) from dry eye disease.

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