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Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region is now an Accredited Dry Eye Center

Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region announced that it has installed TearLab® Osmolarity Systems in Albany, Clifton Park, Schodack and Troy locations and its staff has been fully trained on the use of this breakthrough technology for the objective diagnosis of Dry Eye Syndrome. Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region was the first Accredited Dry Eye Center in the Region to provide TearLab testing for Dry Eye Syndrome.

With winter on its way, the effects of the cold, blustery wind, low humidity and indoor heating can dry out the thin film of tears that bathes and protects our eyes. For 40 million Americans, the problem is bad enough that they suffer from something called Dry Eye Syndrome. Symptoms often include eyes becoming dry and itchy or, at the other extreme, produce excessive quantities of tears. In its mild to moderate forms, it can impact vision and the ability to go about daily activities. In its more severe forms, Dry Eye Syndrome can lead to permanent loss of vision. Often times, patients complain of dry eye symptoms without receiving much relief.

The TearLab Osmolarity System uses the latest technology to measure tear osmolarity (ratio of solids versus liquids in tear). Patients can receive test results during their visit confirming the diagnosis indicating the severity and their doctor can begin a treatment plan immediately if necessary.

Dr. Allen Zieker, an ophthalmologist, LASIK and refractive cataract surgeon and President of Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region, explained, “In our group practice, we are committed to providing our patients the highest quality of care in Dry Eye testing and treatments. Equipped with the TearLab Osomolarity Systems, we can now use quantitative data at the point of care to aid in the diagnosis of Dry Eye Syndrome and to improve our ability to manage these patients.”

About Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region

Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region has over 40 years of experience delivering, full-service eye care to the Capital Region. With practices in Albany, Clifton Park, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Schodack and Troy, New York, they provide the latest in diagnostic technology, treatment protocols and minimally invasive surgery, if appropriate for conditions such as, dry eye syndrome, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic eye diseases, macular degeneration and neuro ophthalmology.

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