a test for tear production using a strip of filter paper; a measurement of basal and reflex lacrimal gland function.
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[Rudolph Schirmer, Ger. ophthalmologist, 1831–1896]
The use of an absorbent paper placed in the conjunctival sac as a test for patients with ocular irritation and dry eye, e.g., keratoconjunctivitis sicca. The rate and amount of wetting of the paper provide an estimate of tear production.
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Schirmer testA test of tear production and the adequacy of corneal wetting in conditions such as SJOGREN'S SYNDROME. A narrow strip of filter paper is bent and hooked over the lower lid with one end between the lid and the eyeball. After a few minutes, wetting should extend for at least 8 mm. (Rudolph Schirmer, 1831–96, German ophthalmologist).
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Schirmer,Otto W.A., German ophthalmologist, 1864-1917.
Schirmer test - for tear production, using a strip of filter paper; a measurement of basal and reflex lacrimal gland function.
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