Proper diagnosis is the first step toward
|Dry eye is one of the most
under-diagnosed ocular diseases, and yet it is the most common reason
why patients go see their eye care professional.
Dry eye is a
multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in
symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear film instability
with potential damage to the ocular surface. It is accompanied by
increased osmolarity of the tear film and inflammation of the ocular
In fact, dry eye disease
occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears or produce poor
quality tears. That's why it's essential you get your tears analyzed by
your eye doctor. Only an eye doctor can properly diagnose your problem
and treat it appropriately.
We will take a sample of tears from
each eye and use the TearLab device to measure osmolarity (the saltiness
of your tears). As osmolarity in your tears increase ocular surface
cells become damaged. Your doctor will need an amount of tear fluid no
larger than the period at the end of this sentence.