Dry Eye Disease (Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca) is often not diagnosed correctly because the symptoms are similar to other conditions such as allergies, eye strain, and fatigue. Our doctors will take a full health history, do a thorough eye evaluation, and perform diagnostic tests to properly diagnose your dry eye and determine the severity of your dry eye. Your NTEC eye doctor will then tailor a treatment plan specifically for you.
At North Toronto Eye Care of Ontario, we offer a number of diagnostic tests and evaluation procedures that we use to properly diagnose your Dry Eye Disease:
Meibomian Gland Tests:
- LipiScan™Dynamic Meibomian Imager: Measures the meibography glands through an imaging device.
- Meibomian Gland Evaluator™: Gland secretions can be viewed through a slit lamp. Used with initial diagnosis as well as a tool to track treatment response.
Standard Patient Evaluation of Eye Dryness (SPEED™) Questionnaire:
The SPEED™ questionnaire rates the patients symptoms in three areas: Symptoms, Frequency, and Severity.
A dry eye test that has a rapid response and measures the level of MMP-9 in the patient’s tears. MMP-9 is common in patients with dry eye and causes inflammation in the eye which, if left untreated, may cause damage to the eye. The test is performed by collecting a small about of tears from your lower eyelid.
Tests the health of the tear film and the severity of the dry eye. A small amount of tears is collected and tested to determine your tear osmolarity level and thus the stability of your tear film.
Using a temporary dye to stain your eye, the doctor can look at the cornea and conjunctiva to determine the health of the surface of the eye.
Tear Breakup Time (TBUT):
Using a flourescein strip, your eye doctor can test for evaporative eye disease. To measure your tear breakup time, flourescein is added to the tear film and is viewed with a cobalt blue light.
The Schirmer Test:
A common dry eye test to measure tear production to determine if your eyes are producing enough tears to keep the eyes moist. The test is performed by placing a test strip inside your lower eyelid. While you keep your eyes closed for 5 minutes, the strip will measure your tear production.
There are options for the treatment of Dry Eye Disease. To experience relief, contact North Toronto Eye Care for a full dry eye evaluation; we can help you to determine the best treatment options unique to your vision needs. For more information or to request an appointment, contact one of our Ontario eye clinics today!