At the Laser Vision Correction Center of New Jersey, we understand the importance of maintaining healthy eyes. If patients are experiencing dry eyes, Dr. Kenneth Miller can perform a comprehensive eye exam and measure the volume and quality of tears. We will use the TearLab® system, InflammaDry®, and keratography to analyze the composition of your tears, the health of your eyelid glands, and the impact of your symptoms on the cornea. If you are experiencing burning, stinging or itchy eyes, we can help relieve your suffering. To learn more about how we evaluate dry eye, contact our New Jersey office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Miller.
The first step in diagnosing dry eye syndrome is a comprehensive examination of your eyes. Dr. Miller will note your symptoms, then examine the eye with an instrument called a slit lamp. This special microscope focuses a thin beam of light into your eye and allows the doctor a magnified view. He will evaluate the ocular surface by checking for any dry spots on the cornea. He will also check your tear break up time and the conjunctiva - the membrane that covers the eye and lines the eyelids - for dryness.
If patients are experiencing dry eyes, Dr. Kenneth Miller can perform a comprehensive eye exam and measure the volume and quality of tears.
The doctor may use colored dyes during your examination. A yellow vegetable dye called fluorescein allows him to detect any dry spots on the corneal surface that have developed due to inadequate tears. He may also use red or green dyes to aid in the detection of dying or abnormal cells in the cornea or conjunctiva.
The TearLab® system works by testing a very small sample of tears from each eye. The system determines the osmolarity, or amount of salt, in your tears. As the osmolarity in your tears increases, the cells on the surface of your eyes may become dry and damaged. High osmolarity typically indicates dry eye.
The InflammaDry® test also involves taking a small sample of tears from your lower eyelid. The system analyzes your tears, checking for elevated levels of MMP-9, an inflammatory marker that is elevated in the tears of patients with inflammatory dry eye syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other autoimmune conditions.
Dr. Miller will use a Keratograph® to analyze the topography of the corneal surface and examine the Meibomian glands in the eyelids. These glands produce the oils that keep your tears from evaporating, and can sometimes become clogged. If the Meibomian glands fail to produce enough oil, this deficit can lead to dry eye.
If you suffer from blurry vision, red or itchy eyes, or eyes that will not stop watering, you may be experiencing dry eye. Contact our office today to schedule a dry eye consultation with Dr. Miller. Using some of the most sophisticated technology available today, Dr. Miller will conduct a thorough analysis to determine if you are suffering from dry eye, and recommend a course of treatment.