Dr. Jim Martin 07/24/2014

5595158_orig_1.pngEye doctors often see eye patients who are having problems with dry eyes. Figuring out what is going on with the eyes makes it easier to find a treatment that will work. Dry eyes are especially common here in the Texas Panhandle. It’s dry, windy and dusty, all making for the perfect recipe for dry eyes.

How Are Dry Eyes Treated?

Before the eye doctor examines your eyes, you need to give a complete history of your eye health as well as your general health. Also, tell the doctor about any medications you are taking or recently stopped taking. The doctor may also give you a questionnaire about the problems you are experiencing in your eyes. All of this will help in the diagnosis of what is causing your dry eyes.

After going over your medical history and discussing the problem with you, the optometrist may recommend a few tests to diagnose the underlying problem.

Tear Break Up Time - For this test, the doctor adds sodium fluorescein dye to the eye's tear film. While the patient keeps the lids open, the doctor observes how long it takes for the dyed tears to break up and cause dry spots. If it is longer than 10 seconds, it is normal.

Schirmer's test - For this test, the doctor will place a small piece of filter paper under the lower eyelid. It stays there for five minutes, collecting the tears in the eye. The further the tear collection goes down the paper, the higher the score. A score over 10 is considered healthy tear production. A score of 5 or less indicates a problem.

Lissamine green testing - When a patient has inconsistent, yet present, symptoms of dry eye, lissamine green testing can help diagnose the condition. This dye is added to the eye and starts developing a stain across the eye's surface. The lissamine dye penetrates dead and unhealthy cells, showing damage on the conjunctiva caused by dry eye.

LipiView/LipiFlow - Technology is making its mark on dry eye diagnosis. The LipiView and LipiFlow technology are an ideal example of this. LipiView measures the quality and quantity of the oil layer of the tear film across the surface of the eye. The information from LipiView can guide the doctor in creating an effective treatment plan for the patient.

Dry eye syndrome is a common issue for people as they age. If you having issues with dry eye, no matter your age, make an appointment to see an optometrist here at Broome Optical. We are dry eye specialists for people at all stages of life. We offer several treatment options that can ease the worst symptoms. Our Amarillo eye center is one of only a few places to offer LipiFlow and LipiViewtreatment for dry eye. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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