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Dry Eye Evaluations

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:

Evaluating Dry Eye DiseaseMeibomian 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.

TearLab™ Osmolarity:

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.

Epithelial Staining:

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!

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