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Coping with Dry Eye

Senior Care in Far West Houston TX: Coping with Dry Eye

Senior Care in Far West Houston TX: Coping with Dry Eye

Dry eye is a condition that occurs when a person’s eyes don’t produce enough tears or the tears they do produce aren’t of a good quality. The result is eyes that are red, sting, burn, or itch. They may even water a lot, which is the eye’s reaction to the irritation and inflammation that comes with dry eye. It’s a problem that can impact your aging relative’s quality of life. It can make it difficult to read, drive, or use a computer. Knowing how to cope with dry eye symptoms can make them more comfortable. Below are some tips for coping with dry eye.

Use Over-the-Counter Eye Drops

There are lots of non-prescription options for eye drops that can lubricate the eyes. Some people may only need to use them once a day, but others may have to use them several times per day. There are different kinds of eye drops available. The Mayo Clinic recommends considering the following when choosing a product:

  • Preservative vs. Non-Preservative: Eye drops with preservatives have a longer shelf life. They are a good option for people who don’t have to use drops often. Using them several times per day can irritate the eyes. Non-preservative drops come in small single-use vials. They are a better option for people who use drops four or more times per day.
  • Drops vs. Ointments: Ointments work for longer than drops because they are thicker and coat the eye. However, they can cloud vision, so they should be used only at bedtime.
  • Drops for Redness: Eye drops that reduce redness can cause irritation, so they should not be used to treat dry eye.

Senior care can remind older adults to use eye drops, but make sure they don’t use them too often. They can also drive the senior to the pharmacy to purchase drops or ointments.

Warm Compresses

Dry eye can be caused by clogged oil glands. Wet a clean cloth with warm water and place it over the older adult’s eyes for a few minutes. Press gently at the corners to help unclog glands. A warm compress can also ease irritation and make the eyes feel better.

A senior care provider can prepare the warm cloth and wet it often to keep it warm.

Eat More Fish

Eating fatty fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids can help support the glands that produce the fatty oil found in tears. Fatty fish includes salmon, sardines, tuna, trout, and mackerel. Older adults can also get omega-3s from vegetable oil, walnuts, and flaxseed.

Senior care providers can help older adults to plan meals that include good sources of omega-3s. They can also take your loved one grocery shopping and prepare meals for them.


If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Far West Houston, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.

Donna Wrabel, LMSW

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