Dry eyes

Examination

A few types of examination can be carried out to patients that suspected of dry eye, in order to measure the amount of tears or observe surface of your eyes by using test paper. None of these examinations are painful.

Amount examination

Schirmer's test

Schirmer's test determines whether the eye produces enough tears to keep it moist. This test is used when a person experiences very dry eyes or excessive watering of the eyes. It poses no risk to the subject. A negative (more than 10 mm of moisture on the filter paper in 5 minutes) test result is normal. Both eyes normally secrete the same amount of tears. We use anesthesia eye drop before test to prevent coming out tears by stimulating of inserting papers.

Tear meniscus test

Putting fluorescent dye in your eyes and observe your eye surface if there are enough amount of tear. This is one way of examination using property of tears that gather lower eyelid. In addition, this test is sometime carried out after inserting lacrimal plug to examine the amount of tears.


The lower part of these pictures, yellow-green part is dyed tear.

Quality examination

Tear Break Up Time test

Tear breakup time (TBUT) is a clinical test used to assess for evaporative dry eye disease. To measure TBUT, fluorescein is instilled into the patient's tear film and the patient is asked not to blink while the tear film is observed under a broad beam of cobalt blue illumination. The TBUT is recorded as the number of seconds that elapse between the last blink and the appearance of the first dry spot in the tear film, as seen in this progression of these slit lamps photos over time. A TBUT under 5 seconds is suspected dry eye.

Office Hours

Weekday,Saturday

11:30-13:45/15:00-19:30

Sunday,Holiday

11:30-18:30(no lunchtime.)

Reception Closing Time

Weekday,Saturday 19:30
Sunday,Holiday 18:30

Access

Our clinic is on the right side of "LABI (Yamada Denki)".
The clinic is on the fifth floor of the building which "Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ" is on the first floor.

5F, 1-5-6,
Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo  170-0013

It's a 1-minute walk from Ikebukuro station east exit.

TEL:03-3981-6363

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Doctor Career

Director:Yoshiko Hori

(A board-certified ophthalmologist Ph.D)
English fluent

Memberships

Japanese Ophthalmological Society
Japan Ophtalmologists Association
Japan Cornea Society
Japanese Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons
Japanese Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Career

1986: Graduate-School of Medicine of Iwate Medical University
1990: Post Graduate school of Iwate MedicalUniversity
1991: Iwate prefectural Ofunato hospital
1993: Department of Ophthalmology Iwate Medical University Instructor
1993: Schepens Eye Research Institute of Harvard University
1997: Department of Ophthalmology Tokyo Dental College
1997: Minami-Aoyama Eye Clinic
2008: Ichikawa general hospital Department of Ophthalmology Tokyo Dental College
2010: IkebukuroSunshineStreetEyeClinic(Director since 2010)

Main Research Presentations

The three-dimensional organization of collagen fibrils in the human cornea and sclera.(maiden name Komai)


 

Doctor:Yasuhiro Shinkawa

(A board-certified ophthalmologist)

Memberships

Japan Ophthalmological Society
Japanese Retina and Vitreous Society
Japanese Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons

Career

2001: Graduate-Medical Department of Kumamoto University
2002: Entered Department of Ophthalmology Kyoto University School of medicine
2002: Shimada Municipal Hospital
2008: Japanese Red Cross Society
2010: Kitano Hospital The Tazuke Kofukai Medical Research Institute
2014: Ikebukuro Sunshine Street Eye Clinic


 

Doctor: Hiromi Namikawa

(A board-certified ophthalmologist)

Memberships

Japanese Ophthalmological Society
Japan Ophtalmologists Association

Career

2003: Graduate-Medical Department St. Marianna University 
2005: Synthesis Shinkawabashi Hospital
2009: Medical Department St. Marianna University
2013: Ikebukuro Sunshine Street Eye Clinic

Main Research Presentations

"Axonal protection by brain-derived neurotropic factor associated with CREB phosphorylation in tumor necrosis factor-alpha-inducted optic nerve degeneration."(maiden name Fujino)


 

Doctor:Tetsuya Kawakita

(A board-certified ophthalmologist)

Career

1995: Graduate-Medical Department of Kanazawa University
1995~1998: Student at Ocular Surface Center
2011~: Ikebukuro Sunshine Street Eye Clinic

3 orthoptists(full time) and a nurse(part-time).