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    In-office lab testing provides diagnostic information

    Quick, quality results saves time and improves patient care


    POC protocols

    As part of implementing a dry eye or red eye office protocol, a technician, prior to the clinician seeing the patient, can easily perform a POC test. For InflammaDry and AdenoPlus tests, collecting the sample and activating the test takes less than two minutes.

    Tears from the palpebral conjunctiva are collected on the sterile sampling fleece located on the sample collector. The sample collector is then assembled to the test cassette, bringing the antigen in direct contact with an immunoassay strip, which is then dipped into a buffer solution to activate the test.

    Within 10 minutes, either one blue control line or one blue control and one red result line appear in a readout area (much like a pregnancy test). A single blue control line indicates a negative result, and two lines (a blue control and red result line) indicate a positive result: either elevated MMP-9 or the presence of adenovirus. The more intense the red line, the more antigen is present.

    POC testing allows healthcare providers to administer and receive prompt results from laboratory-quality tests in a single healthcare setting, leading to time and cost efficiencies and savings.

    Related: Incorporating lactoferrin and immunoglobin testing


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    Damon Dierker, OD, FAAO
    Dr. Dierker has helped to create a comprehensive ocular surface disease service within his practice that incorporates the latest ...


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