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The dry eye test is used to assess how quickly your eyes produce tears.
The dry eye test is most commonly used to diagnose dry eye. Dry eye occurs when the tear glands are unable to produce enough tears to keep the eyes moist and healthy. The results of the dry eye test can help your doctor determine whether your eyes are producing too many or too few tears. The eye maintains a stable level of moisture and eliminates foreign particles by producing tears. When your eyes are too dry or too wet, your doctor may perform the dry eye test.
The dry eye test is also known as the: tear test, Schirmer’s Test or the Basal secretion test
This test is primarily used to diagnose dry eye syndrome. This is a condition that occurs when the tear glands are unable to produce enough tears to keep the eyes moist. As a result, the eyes can’t get rid of dust and other irritants. This causes stinging, burning, and redness in the eye. Blurred vision is another common symptom of dry eye syndrome. The likelihood of developing dry eye increases with age. The condition is most common in people age 50 and older.