We conducted a series of experiments to examine the effect of local anaesthetic instillation on tear stability measurements. All experiments were conducted with the examiner masked with respect to treatments. We measured tear break-up time (TDUT) and non-invasive tear break-up time (NITBUT) 30s after instillation of benoxinate (0.4%) in a single masked experiment and found that NITBUT was significantly increased while TBUT was unaffected. In separate experiments tear stability was assessed 5 min after instillation of benoxinate and there was no significant effect on either TBUT or NITBUT measurements. In a control experiment to examine the effect of instilling a drop of liquid into the eye, neither TBUT nor NITBUT were affected 30s after the instillation of saline. No corneal staining was observed in any of the subjects after instillation of benoxinate. The results suggest that benoxinate does not affect the stability of the precorneal tear film, and that tear stability can be assessed after the instillation of unpreserved benoxinate.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sensory Systems