May 2006
Volume 47, Issue 13
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ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2006
A Correlation Between Tear Film Break–Up Patterns (TFBUP) and the Schirmer’s Test
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • E. Marsters
    ORA Clinical Research and Development, North Andover, MA
  • G.W. Ousler, III
    ORA Clinical Research and Development, North Andover, MA
  • M.R. Schindelar
    ORA Clinical Research and Development, North Andover, MA
  • M.B. Abelson
    ORA Clinical Research and Development, North Andover, MA
    Harvard Medical School and Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships  E. Marsters, None; G.W. Ousler, None; M.R. Schindelar, None; M.B. Abelson, None.
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2006, Vol.47, 277. doi:
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      E. Marsters, G.W. Ousler, III, M.R. Schindelar, M.B. Abelson; A Correlation Between Tear Film Break–Up Patterns (TFBUP) and the Schirmer’s Test . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2006;47(13):277.

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Abstract
 
Purpose:
 

This study examined the relationship between tear film break–up patterns (TFBUP) and Schirmer’s Test scores in patients diagnosed with dry eye.

 
Methods:
 

One–hundred and four patients with a reported history of dry eye underwent examinations including tear film break up time (TFBUT), TFBUP evaluation, and Schirmer’s Tests.

 
Results:
 

Mean Schirmer’s scores for each TFBUP are listed in the table below. The distribution of Schirmer’s scores for each TFBUP is statistically different (p = 0.01). Fractured (p = 0.001), amorphous blob (p = 0.02), and wispy (p = 0.04) patterns had significantly higher Schirmer’s scores when compared to the linear pattern.  

 
Conclusions:
 

This data suggests a correlation between TFBUP and the Schirmer’s Test.

 
Keywords: cornea: tears/tear film/dry eye • cornea: clinical science • clinical (human) or epidemiologic studies: outcomes/complications 
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