TearLab Dry Eye Diagnostics
Our clinic is an accredited dry eye centre providing the latest and most accurate diagnostics in dry eye management. Dr. Skouras is one of the few eye doctors offering the TearLab Osmolarity System in Toronto.
The TearLab Osmolarity System is the first objective and quantitative test for diagnosing and treating patients with dry eye syndrome. This system provides fast and accurate results that only requires a small amount of tear film to diagnose dry eyes.
How is Tear Osmolarity Measured with TearLab?
Tearlab is a a faster,more comfortable, non invasive tear film diagnostic than traditional testing. It requires no anesthetics and uses even less tear film than the size of the period at the end of this sentence. A technician will direct you to tilt your head to the side, allowing your tears to collect in the outer corners of the eye. She then uses a small handheld device that absorbs only 50-nanoliters of tears to provide accurate results of the content of your tears. You can watch the TearLab test here
Tearlab then generates an osmolarity number using a scale from normal, mild, moderate, to severe ,that gives accurate interpretation to the level of severity of your dry eye condition.
The osmolarity number provides Dr. Skouras with the best options for treatment, often eliminating the redundant preliminary diagnostic therapy associated with dry eye treatment in patients with severe dry eyes, and allowing treatment with more aggressive treatment options sooner. This allows Dr. Skouras to intervene early in the disease process and provide customized treatment options for individual care.
Once Dr. Skouras has evaluated your osmolarity number and provided you treatment options, a follow-up visit will be provided. Upon this visit, your tear osmolarity will be measured again providing Dr. Skouras with accurate results on your response to that treatment.