The tear film fulfills several important functions in the eye. Apart of its physiologic functions like maintaining a moist environment for the epithelial cells of the cornea and conjunctiva, bacterial properties, transporting metabolic products etc., this film causes that the corneal surface has the optical quality. This smooth surface allows to apply interferometry for measurements. The paper presents tear's layer distribution on the soft contact lens and the cornea in comparison. Tv frame speed registration in the Twyman- Green interferometer was used to observe an unstable biomedical objects like the eye. The proposed method has the advantage of being noncontact and applies the low energy laser beam in interferometric set-up. This provides non- invasive testing of human cornea in vivo and enables observation the kinetics of its tear layer deterioration. The evaluation of non-invasive tear breakup time is possible by use of proposed setup. Further analysis of recorded interferograms helps to examine the matter of the breakup process and can be used for detection of the 'dry eye' symptoms.© (1996) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.