Smith Optometry, P.C      

Dry Eye Testing

      Our eyes need tears to remain healthy and comfortable.  If your eyes do not produce enough tears, you will develop dry eye.  If your tears evaporate too quickly, you will develop dry eye.  
     Meibomian Oil glands (on your eyelids) not functioning properly will contribute to your tears evaporating faster from your eyes.  Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is responsible for 86% of all dry eye patients. 
     Scheduling an appointment for a dry eye workup will reveal the cause of your dry eye condition.

     When a patient arrives at our office for a Dry Eye Assessment, our testing will          investigate:

     1/ How long it takes for your tears to dry up.

     2/ How quickly you make your tears

     3/ The volume of your tears

     4/ The quality of your tears

     5/ If there is inflammation found in your tears 

     Once all the testing is completed, a treatment plan will be created to address 
     your dry eye condition.  


     Dry Eye Disease is a chronic medical condition that requires follow up care
     and consistent treatment.  Implementing the proper treatment plan will 
     improve eye comfort and prevent progression of the disease.

     Treatment options for Dry Eye are:

     1/ Prescribing lubricating eye drops, gels and/or ointments.

     2/ Implementing proper eyelid hygiene and maintenance

     3/ Prescribing therapeutic medications

     4/ Prescribing oral supplements

     5/ Perform Meibomian Gland Expression procedure to unclog the oil
         glands on your eyelids.  This procedure allow for tears to remain longer on
         your eye and not evaporate so quickly from you eye.

     6/ Perform Punctal Plug Occlusion procedure to preserve the tears you have.