Schirmer's test


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Schirmer's test

 [sher´merz]
a test for keratoconjunctivitis sicca; a piece of filter paper is inserted into the conjunctival sac over the lower eyelid with the end of the paper hanging down on the outside. If the projecting paper remains dry after 15 minutes, deficient tear formation is indicated.

Schirmer's test

Etymology: Otto W.A. Schirmer, German ophthalmologist, 1864-1917

Schirmer's test

A maneuver for measuring tear production at baseline and in response to stimuli–eg, nasal irritants. See Dry eye.
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To conduct the Schirmer's Test, the clinician places a thin strip of filter paper against the inner surface of the lower eyelid, which then draws the liquid up like a wick.
Mean scores on Schirmer's test (a measure of eye-surface wetness) improved by 2.