Our Dry Eye Assessment

To properly treat your dry eye syndrome, we first need an accurate diagnosis. This is done by conducting a dry eye test at our Melbourne clinics, which includes an analysis of your symptoms and a discussion of potential causes for your dry eye. This helps optometrists determine if you may be suffering from a treatable condition, and begin to create a tailored action plan to alleviate your discomfort.

Most Common Diagnosis

86% of Evaporative Dry Eye conditions have been shown to be associated with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Our optometrists will run a number of tests to accurately diagnose your condition. This includes a quantitative assessment and digital record (with images and video) of your tear film break up time, Meibomian gland quality, eye redness and lipid layer quality.

Our dry eye tests in Melbourne involve:

  • Slit lamp exam/biomicroscopy
    This exam allows our optometrists to see the surface of the eye at a microscopic level, including the eyelids, conjunctiva, iris, lens, sclera, and cornea. The retina and optic nerve can also be seen.
  • Evaluation of the tear film
    By putting a drop of a specially formulated dye into the eyes that then mixes with the tears, our optometrists can gain a clear indication of the quality of tear film.
  • Evaluation of tear production
    Strips of filter paper placed between the lower lid and eye are used to measure tear production.
  • Oculus Keratograph
    Our optometrists will assess and record the extent of your dry eyes including Meibography, Tear Film Quantification & Qualification, Lipid Layer Assessment and Red Eye Assessment.

Next Steps After Your Test

Using the information gathered by conducting the aforementioned tests, our optometrists can then device an action plan to precisely target the cause of your dry eye syndrome.

If autoimmune disease is suspected as a cause, blood tests may be required. Your optometrist will refer you to your GP to action this.

Contact Us Today

Contact Us today to arrange your comprehensive dry eye assessment or to discuss your symptoms with our friendly staff.