Elmquist Eye Group provides Dry Eye diagnosis and treatment services at our Fort Myers and Cape Coral locations. We have provided some information below about our Dry Eye diagnosis and treatment services.

How is Dry Eye Syndrome Diagnosed?

Dry eye syndrome is an ocular surface disease that can affect a patient’s quality of vision and overall ocular comfort.  A comprehensive eye exam can help determine whether the symptoms that you are experiencing are related to dry eyes.   There are other tools available to help diagnose and treat this common condition. With the help of the TearLab Osmolarity test we are now able to grade the severity of a patient’s dry eye syndrome. The TearLab is performed by collecting a minute sample of the patient’s tear. The sample is smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.  It is collected by placing the tip of a small hand held device on the patient’s lid margin. This procedure is painless and takes seconds to perform.  The sample is then tested and the salt content in the patient’s tear is determined.

The link below will direct you to a video that demonstrates how the test is performed:

http://www.tearlab.com/products/patients/videos.htm

Ask us about the TearLab Osmolarity Test System at your next office visit. Our technicians will help you determine whether testing is recommended with your symptoms.

How is Dry Eye Treated?

Eye drops called artificial tears may be used to lubricate the eyes and help maintain moisture. These are available without a prescription. There are also prescription eye drops available.  In more severe cases, autologous serum tears may be recommended. These are drops that are formulated by extracting the serum in a patient’s blood. The components of these tears are natural and similar to those in a patient’s natural tear, making them very safe to use.

Another method includes the conservation of tears. Tears drain out of the eye through a small channel into the nose. It is possible to close those channels either temporarily or permanently helping conserve your own tears and make artificial tears last longer.

Dry eye disease is treatable and you don’t need to suffer. If you have been diagnosed with dry eyes or if you are concerned you may have dry eyes, please call our office at 239-936-2020 to schedule an appointment to discuss your options with one of our doctors.