Dry Eye Evaluations

At the Alaska Dry Eye Center, we offer comprehensive dry eye evaluations. We start with a short questionnaire to determine what symptoms you're experiencing, how long you've been experiencing those symptoms, and if you have tried anything to relief your dry eye issues, such as drops. Using that questionnaire, we can determine how to proceed and what diagnostic tests we can perform. 


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Diagnostic Testing

LipiScan Gland Imager

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The LipiScan Dynamic Meibomian Gland Imager is the first dedicated high definition gland imager designed to allow our doctors to image meibomian gland structure efficiently. The scans are fast and easy; they take less than 15 seconds per scan. The LipiScan is an essential part of every Dry Eye Evaluation. 

Schirmer's Test

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Schirmer's test evaluates how quickly your eyes can produce the aqueous layer of your tears. Our doctor's will place a small piece of filter paper on the inside of the lower eyelid and will leave the paper for 5 minutes. The results are read by seeing how far down the paper your tears have traveled. 

TearLab Osmolarity System

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The TearLab System is designed to test the osmolarity, or saltiness, of your tears. When your tears are too salty, they can cause damage to the front surface of your eyes, causing the irritation, redness, burning, and other symptoms you may be experiencing. 

Gland Expression

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Gland expression is the best way for our doctors see the quality of the oil you're producing and to find specific glands that may be blocked. Our doctors use specialized forceps to gently squeeze the lid to push the oil out of the glands.

Tear Breakup Time

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Testing your Tear Breakup Time is measuring how quickly your tears begin to evaporate. We do this by placing a florescent dye on the eye and observing through the slit lamp how quickly the dye separates.

InflammaDry

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InflammaDry tests your tears for the presence of inflammation. Inflammation may increase as dry eye progresses into a chronic condition, and if left untreated, can potentially damage the cells on the surface of your eye.  By using the InflammaDry test, we can determine if there is an above normal level of inflammation on the surface of your eye.