Chronic Illness

Test for Dry Eyes

Do you have dry eyes?  Many people do.  We’re bombarded with commercials for dry-eye treatments.  Some of these are OTC and some require a prescription.


I just recently was sent by the specialists to have a tear test for part of my Sjogren’s (possible) diagnosis.  I had read many articles about Sjogrens and how the Schirmer Eye Test could diagnose or help to diagnose the disease.  My eye doctor said that he believed the eye test could be used to help diagnose Sjogrens, but not be the only test used.

He examined my eyes and did the Fluorescein Eye Stain procedure.  He placed a tiny drop of Fluorescein in each eye and then looked at my cornea surface with a blue light.  He examined the tear film to see the dryness and if there was any damage.  He also tested the blinks and gave me a score of 4 for one eye and 5 for the other.

He concluded by telling me that my eyes were very dry, and he would assume that this could add to a Sjogren’s diagnosis.  He created a written letter to my specialists, with his conclusions about the health of my eyes.  Then, I was offered two choices of OTC drops that would provide relief.

He gave me some good advice to help prevent additional dryness.  My instructions are to: not use ceiling fans, set car air settings to go to the floor, stay hydrated, and use the drops.  If my eyes get worse, then he will re-evaluate and prescribe stronger eye treatments.

Monday, I will be having a lip biopsy.  This test will also aid in the Sjogren’s diagnosis.  Tuesday will be my consultation with the specialist to see what he believes is any new diagnosis, based on all the tests he’s ordered so far.  I’m pretty anxious to see what all the tests show or don’t show.  Of course, the goal is to see if a diagnosis could lead me to a treatment plan that could help with any of my symptoms.


I’m eager and nervous at the same time.  I’m very thankful that these tests were scheduled to be completed in December, so that I would have insurance to pay for these large bills.  I know many others are also focused on test-taking while insurance is working well.  I hope that any of you in my shoes will be able to get the medical help that you need.

Hubby and I have prayed much about the tests, traveling to tests, and the results.  God has blessed us with many safe trips to doctors and great staff, who were willing to help us with scheduling.  We’ll continue to pray for His help in all things.  Do you have upcoming tests that you want prayer for?

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:16

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert and don’t offer medical advice.  This post contains my experiences and opinions.  If you have a medical problem, please consult your personal physician.

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