Understanding Dry Eyes: How our NYC Optometrist Tests for Dry Eyes

Published on
March 16, 2023

Do you often experience itchy, dry, irritated eyes? Are your eyes constantly red and burning? You might be suffering from dry eyes. Dry eyes occur when your eyes are unable to produce enough tears to keep them moisturized. But how does our optometrist test for dry eyes? 

In this blog, we will go over the different tests that we use to diagnose dry eyes and provide effective treatment plans.

Thorough Health History

The first step in diagnosing dry eyes is to conduct a thorough health history from you. We will ask you various questions about your symptoms and medical history to get a better understanding of your condition. Additionally, we may ask you to fill out a clinical questionnaire to assess the severity of your symptoms.

Assessing the Lid Margin

After taking a thorough case history, we will start evaluating your eyes under a microscope. They will assess your lid margin and check for any blockages in the oil glands that may cause your tears to evaporate more quickly. We will also evaluate how even your lid margin is and look for any scalloping.

Assessing Tear Quality

Next, we will assess the quality of your tears by putting a green dye into your eye and using blue light to evaluate your tear film. We will also measure your tear breakup time to determine how long your tears stay on the surface of your eyes. If your tears evaporate quickly, it may indicate that you have dry eyes.

Tear Volume and Production Tests

We also conduct various tests to assess your tear volume and production. The Schirmer test measures the amount of tears produced over five minutes using a strip of paper with measurements on it. The Phenol Red test is a similar test that uses a piece of thread instead of a strip of paper. Both tests compare your tear volume to a standardized norm to determine if you have dry eyes.

Multifactorial Corneal Topographer

At Amplify EyeCare Manhattan, we have a multifactorial corneal topographer that can create HD images of your meibomian glands. This advanced technology helps us see the inside of your glands and determine if they are blocked, truncated, or atrophied. This information helps us determine the best course of treatment for you. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is when the oil glands in our eyelids do not produce enough lipids to cover the tear film which creates an environment where the tears evaporate faster and can lead to inflammation. MGD is one of the leading causes of dry eye, with one study showing that 86% of people with dry eye have MGD. 

Take Our Online Dry Eye Quiz

Take our dry eye assessment to see if your symptoms indicate that you are suffering from treatable dry eye disease https://amplifyeyecare-manhattan.com/dry-eye/dry-eye-quiz/ 

Schedule A Comprehensive Dry Eye Evaluation in NYC Today!

If you are experiencing symptoms of dry eyes or are concerned about your eye health, schedule an appointment with us by calling (212) 752-6930. We will conduct a thorough evaluation of your eyes, including a comprehensive assessment for dry eyes using state-of-the-art technology. Based on our findings, we will develop a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs and improve your eye health. Don't wait any longer to take care of your eyes, schedule your appointment today!

We are conveniently located on the upper east side of Manhattan in Lenox Hill near Yorkville and Midtown Manhattan. 

Patients with dry eye visit our clinic from all over New York, and we are proud to be a leading provider of dry eye services for patients from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.

 

Testimonials


At Amplify with Dr Wernick I was seeking help for seemingly intractable, probably age-related dryness. I've seen other doctors about it, and that has been helpful, but what he explained to me about it and the careful way he answered all my questions gave me so much more of a clear understanding of what is going on (and is not) that I am more able to implement all his and others' recommendations than I was before. And he gave me additional resources for further follow-up. I am most grateful.


Cynthia Norton

Wow! This is a great Eye Care medical facility. I was thoroughly examined by Dr. Pinkhasov for over 2 hours. She made sure to check my eyes for pretty much everything and patiently explained proper care for my eyes. They definitely know how to provide great care and treat their patients right. Now I know why they have such a great reputation and been around for so long.


Steve Fay

Dr. Kavner is a gifted diagnostician and orthoptic therapist. He treated me several decades ago for a condition similar to dyslexia. I was having migraines five times per week. I worked with him for about a year and I experienced tremendous improvement (down to 3-4 per year) that has lasted.


Mary K.

Dr. Kavner recommended two types of eye therapy for my daughter. One of them using bio-feedback. In just three sessions she is seeing considerably better. She shouted this morning: Ooh my God! I could not see these letters with my glasses on, and now I can see them without my glasses. If you are willing and able to invest in improving your vision, this is a good place to go to!


Peter G.

Dr. Kavner recommended two types of eye therapy for my daughter. One of them using bio-feedback. In just three sessions she is seeing considerably better. She shouted this morning: Ooh my God! I could not see these letters with my glasses on, and now I can see them without my glasses. If you are willing and able to invest in improving your vision, this is a good place to go to!


Kinkie F.

I have always found Dr Kavner's work, expertise and wisdom of the highest caliber. As one of the fathers of OT, occupational othomology, his depth and breadth of knowledge about the eyes' health and wellbeing of the patient is exemplary. Cannot say enough good things about him.


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