Millions of people suffer from Dry Eye Disease
Yet in the majority of cases dry eye disease goes undiagnosed. Often, this is because sufferers misunderstand the symptoms. People with these symptoms assume they are caused by external irritants or that they are just part of life. Measuring osmolarity, an important sign of ocular surface health, is beneficial for doctors in diagnosing and managing dry eye disease.
You may have dry eye disease if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Blurry Vision
- Light Sensitivity
- Excessive tearing/watery eyes
- Tired/fatigued eyes
- Stringy mucous in or around the eyes
- Foreign body sensation
- Contact lens discomfort
- Scratchy, feeling of sand or grit in eye
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 ophthalmologist. Only your eye doctor can properly diagnose your problem and treat it appropriately. Now, thanks to breakthrough technology from TearLab, patients can easily be tested and have objective results immediately.
Your ophthalmic technician 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 no larger than the period at the end of this sentence. Through the effectiveness of TearLab testing, your doctor can begin treatment immediately.
To read more about TearLab osmolarity testing, click here.