Dry eyes, medically known as sicca syndrome, are usually experienced by older adults due to age. It occurs when our tear glands no longer produce enough tears or when our tears evaporate too quickly. Often, older adults produce fewer tears because of certain medical conditions or as a side effect of the medications they’re taking.
How then can we relieve possible severe symptoms of dry eyes regardless of your age? Kind Heart Home Care, your reliable provider of home health aide in Florida, recommends the following steps to prevent dry eyes among aging adults.
- Add moisture to the air
Especially during the winter season or in dry locations, make sure to add moisture to dry indoor air with humidifiers. Also, drinking 8 glasses of water a day can keep our body dehydrated – also lubricating our eyes.
- Take natural supplements
Taking Omega-3’s and Omega-6’s is a great way to help decrease dry eye symptoms because it may thicken our tears. Several home care services usually serve food with omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, sardines, tuna, and anchovies.
- Position your computer screen below eye level
For tech-savvy seniors, it is important to position our computer screen below eye level so that we won’t open our eyes as wide. This may help slow the evaporation of our tears between eye blinks.
- Use artificial tears regularly
For chronic dry eyes, personal caregivers recommend putting eye lubricants that are preservative-free, phosphate-free, and easy to use. Eye drops keep the eyes moist for a particular time due to their high viscosity.