Aging eyes at risk for irritating condition

Getting older can bring many changes to the health of our eyes. Dry eye is a common condition that many adults over the age of 50 experience. Dry eye occurs when the quantity and/or quality of tears fails to keep the surface of the eye adequately lubricated. A mix of oils, mucus and water, tears keep the surface of the eye smooth and protects it from irritants and germs. The risk of developing dry eye increases with age due to a natural decrease in tear production and changes in tear composition. People with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and rheumatism, are more prone to eye dryness. Due to hormonal changes, menopausal women can suffer from dry eye. Some medications that older adults take are also linked to dry eye. Antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, hormone replacement therapy to relieve symptoms of menopause, and medications for anxiety, Parkinson’s disease and high blood pressure have been associated with dry eye.
Older adults with dry eye experience a scratchy sensation or a feeling that something is in the eye. According to the National Eye Institute, other symptoms of dry eye include stinging or burning, blurred vision, excess tearing followed by period of dryness, discharge, pain and redness. In addition to being uncomfortable, dry eye may lead to eye infections, eye inflammation, vision problems, damage to the surface of the eye and difficulty performing daily activities.
Solutions for dry eye
There are several solutions for dry eye that may bring relief to sufferers and help them see without discomfort. Mild dry eye symptoms may be treated with over-the-counter medications such as artificial tears, gels and ointments. Artificial tears help lubricate the eye and relieve irritation caused by dry eye. They can be used on an as-needed basis and quickly relieve dry eye symptoms. If the eyes are inflamed or infected, medicated eye drops or ointments may be prescribed by a physician. Surgical options may benefit some people with severe dry eye. Plugs made of silicone or collagen may be inserted by an eye care professional to partially or completely block the tear ducts at the inner corners of the eye to keep tears from draining from the eye. Left untreated, dry eye can endanger the health of older adults and impact their quality of life. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs of dry eye and seek solutions as soon as possible.
Turenne PharMedCo Medical Supply Services offers several products that can provide relief for dry eye and a number of other eye conditions. To learn more contact us at: 1-866-710-7626.

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