Tear water evaporation and eye surface diseases

Ophthalmologica. 1985;190(3):147-9. doi: 10.1159/000309511.


The water evaporation rate from the tear film of eyes with anterior surface pathology (corneal and/or conjunctival scars, meibomitis) was tested by means of the "Rolando-Refojo tear evaporimeter', which allows noninvasive and reproducible test conditions. These eyes show a statistically significant increase in tear evaporation rate compared to normal eyes. The clinical implications of this finding are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Eye Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Eyelid Diseases / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Keratitis / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Meibomian Glands
  • Middle Aged
  • Tears / physiology*
  • Volatilization