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What is an Osmolarity Test?

January 17, 2017
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Posted By: Envision Optical

What is an Osmolarity Test?

One of the biggest eye health concerns I observed during 2016 was the increasing incidence of complaints from patients regarding Dry Eyes. I was frustrated that for many patients, their experience of dry eye care was “here, try these eye drops, and if they don’t seem to work we’ll try some others”. The reality is far more complex, and the effects of the disease can have a significant negative impact on the sufferer’s quality of life.

The Gold Coast Dry Eyes Center was established in 2014 and is dedicated to getting to the cause of your dry eyes. Around 75% of dry eyes is preventable, and the treatment options are much greater than simple eye drops. At the Gold Coast Dry Eyes Center, we offer a comprehensive suite of dry eye diagnostic tests to accurately diagnose whether you have dry eyes, as well as the type and severity of your dry eyes.

One of the diagnostic tests we do to help diagnose dry eyes is a TearLab Osmolarity Test. Often dry eye symptoms are not dry eye at all.  The TearLab® Osmolarity test will help determine if dry eye is the problem or if there is something else going on.

How does it work?

The TearLab® Osmolarity Test takes a tiny tear sample from each eye and generates your osmolarity number in seconds. It’s quick, and painless, and gives your doctor a meaningful measure of the health and stability of your tear film.

This number helps grade your dry eye as mild, moderate, or severe. A specific treatment plan can then be recommended that works for you and your dry eye condition.

The best way to diagnose dry eye however is to make an appointment at our Dry Eye Clinic for a comprehensive dry eye exam. A number of tests will be conducted to determine your exact condition and required treatment plan.

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