The process of diagnosing dry eye disease is very delicate, and it’s not just merely a quick look at the eye to say it’s dry or not. We follow a very systematic approach to patients with dry eye.
We start by asking questions to narrow it down–is this a kind of dry eye, or is it another disease? Then we proceed with some comprehensive diagnostics.
This is to find out if you have dry eye or not, and what sort of dry eyes, because you could have, for example, evaporation of your tear film that gives you dryness, or it could have not enough water produce inside the eye.
So this is a kind of comprehensive work out to find out exactly what’s going with your eye.
This helps us to diagnose the dry eye disease but also helps us to monitor your response to treatment throughout the course of following you up in the clinic.
Then there is a thorough examination on the machine called the slit lamp, where we assess the surface of the eye, what other things contributing dry eyes, and at the end, help to put the right diagnosis and guide you through the best treatment options.