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Dry Eye Diagnostics

As an Accredited Dry Eye Center, our Dry Eye Specialists are committed to offering the most advanced diagnostic testing and Dry Eyes treatment options available. Below are just a few of the Dry Eye diagnostics offered at Minnesota Eye Consultants.


This non-invasive instrument captures live images of your tear film and measures lipid content and quality. The eye is positioned in front of an illumination source that’s directed toward the tear film on the corneal surface. Light from this source passes through the tear film and is reflected into a camera.

The light reflecting back through the lens in the camera forms an interference pattern, called an interferogram. The advanced computer system then captures and records 32 frames per second, in real-time. This standardized test will quantify the lipid and help your dry eye specialist develop the best treatment strategy, which may include the LipiFlow procedure.

TearLab® Osmolarity

If there is suspicion you may have dry eyes, the Osmolarity System can be performed to measure the salt concentration within your tears. The Osmolarity Test Card, in conjunction with the Osmolarity System, provides a quick and simple method for determining tear osmolality using volumes of tear fluid collected directly from the eyelid margin.

The Osmolarity Test gives doctors information relevant to the level of inflammation in your tear film, which is an indicator of Dry Eye Disease.


A Schirmers test determines whether the eye produces enough tears to keep it moist. This test is used when you experience very dry eyes or when your eyes are excessively watering. The Schirmer’s test uses paper strips that are inserted into the lower lid for several minutes to measure the production of tears.

Both eyes are tested at the same time. The technician will ask you to keep your eyes closed for approximately 5 minutes during this test. The paper is then removed and the amount of moisture is measured.


Serving Our Community

Minnesota Eye Consultants is proud to offer patients convenient access to eye care across the Twin Cities. We have 5 locations, each with an onsite ambulatory surgery center (ASC).

11091 Ulysses St NE
Clinic: Suite 300
ASC: Suite 400
Blaine, Minnesota 55434

Important Notice for Our Patients:
Please be aware that there is significant construction near our Blaine office. Highway 65 is closed in both directions north of our office and is down to one lane south of the office. We recommend allocating extra time for your journey to ensure you arrive on time for your appointment. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
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12501 Whitewater Drive (East Building)
Suite 310
Minnetonka, MN 55343
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10709 Wayzata Blvd
ASC: Suite 100
Laser Procedures: Suite 120
Clinic: Suite 200
Minnetonka, MN 55305
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9801 Dupont Ave S
ASC: Suite 100
Laser Procedures: Suite 120
Clinic: Suite 200
Bloomington, MN 55431
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7125 Tamarack Rd
Clinic: Suite 100
ASC: Suite 200
Laser Procedures: Suite 250
Woodbury, MN 55125
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