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Murat Dogru, Katsushi Ishida, Yukihiro Matsumoto, Eiki Goto, Misaki Ishioka, Takashi Kojima, Tateki Goto, Megumi Saeki, Kazuo Tsubota; Strip Meniscometry: A New and Simple Method of Tear Meniscus Evaluation. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2006;47(5):1895-1901. doi: 10.1167/iovs.05-0802.
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purpose. To investigate the applicability and efficacy of a new and simple method of quantification of the volume of tear meniscus, termed “strip meniscometry,” in the diagnosis of the dry eye syndromes in a prospective controlled study.
methods. One hundred eyes of 50 patients with dry eye (19 males; 31 females) aged between 18 and 76 years (mean, 54.3 years), as well as 80 eyes of 40 normal subjects aged from 15 to 70 years (mean, 50.8 years; 12 males, 28 females) were recruited in this study. The patients and the control subjects underwent strip meniscometry for 5 seconds, tear film lipid layer interferometry, tear film break-up time measurement, and ocular surface vital staining with fluorescein and rose bengal dyes and the Schirmer-1 test.
results. Strip meniscometry scores correlated with tear quantity and stability, ocular surface staining scores, and lipid layer interferometry grades and improved after 2 weeks of punctal plug occlusion.
conclusions. Strip meniscometry is a swift, noninvasive, promising new method that is expected to find application in the diagnosis and evaluation of the outcome of treatment of dry eye syndromes.
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