Schirmer’s Test

What is it?

It
is a measurement of the amount of tears produced

What is the purpose?

Sjogren’s
Syndrome is characterized by dry mouth and eyes. This will be useful is
diagnosing Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Is there any special preparation?

There
is no special prep. Do not use eye drops or wear contacts the day of the
procedure.

How is it done?

A
strip of filter paper is folded and placed in the lower eyelid and left
for five minutes. The paper is removed and the amount of absorbed fluid
is measured. It may be repeated and eyedrops instilled.

What happens afterwards?

There should be no special
instructions.

What are the risks of this procedure?

There
are no known risks besides eye irritation that should quickly resolve
itself.

Does it hurt?

Not really, although it may be
uncomfortable.

For more information:

WebMD
Schrimer’s Test
CBS
Health Watch Schrimer’s Test

References:
Yale University School of Medicine, Patient’s Guide to Medical Test
s
Arthritis and Allied Conditions,
13th ed.,
Koopman