Dry Eyes

Dry Eye Testing

There are two primary tests to determine what is causing the dry eye symptoms; The Shirmer y la Tear Break-Up Test.

 

 

 

A dry eye patient often develops dry patches on the cornea and the conjunctiva, tears then become unable to “stick” or bind to the eye’s surface.

*  Schirmer test

Measuring the volume of your tears, in this test blotting strips of paper are placed under your lower eyelids, after five minutes your doctor measures the amount of strip soaked by your tears.

*  Tear Break-Up Test

Determining the quality of your tears, in this test your doctor looks for staining patterns on the cornea and measures how long it takes before your tears evaporate.

 

Treatments

* Artificial Tears *

 

Not all eye drops are the same, Oasis TEARS Lubricant Eye Drops coat, lubricate, and moisten delicate eye tissue, with each blink of your eye, a special substance in Oasis TEARS combines with the active ingredient, glycerin, to keep tears on the eye surface for a long time.

* Punctum Plugs *

A punctal plug is a small medical device that is inserted into the tear duct to block it, this prevents the drainage of liquid from the eye. Punctal occlusion not only keeps more volume of tears in your eyes, it also helps improve the  health of the eye surface over time. This enables the dry patches to fade and the tears to begin properly coating the eye. Punctal occlusion is the next best option when artificial tears aren’t enough to control the symptoms of dry eye.