Are you frequently using eyedrops? New research has shown that 86% of dry eye is lipid (oil) deficient versus aqueous deficient.
Using a new instrument called an interferometer we can now measure tear lipid (oil) thickness. Having this information is fundamental to what treatments work best. In addition we also offer osmolarity testing and are a Tear Science “Center of Excellence” for dry eye. Osmolarity is a measure of dissolved tear salts. As dry eye becomes more advanced (usually due to surface drying) the osmolarity (concentration of dissolved salt) goes up. A high Osmolarity correlates well with advanced dry eye. Knowing both the level of dryness and the reason for it puts us in the best position to treat the root cause of your dry eye versus just the symptoms. Our assessment also includes testing MMP-9 an inflammatory marker associated with dry eye, eye lid function, gland function and corneal health. It’s the valley’s most comprehensive assessment for dry eye.
If you are using drops for dry eye whether prescribed or not see us for your dry eye assessment. Chances are if you have are one of the 86% of dry eye patients that are lipid deficient you are using the wrong drops. You may benefit from a procedure called lipiflow or eyedrops specifically formulated to replace the oil layer.