Our eyelids act like windshield wipers whenever we blink, cleaning the front surface of our eyes. Our tears are like windshield wiper fluid. They are essential for lubricating and cleaning our eyes. Unfortunately, as we age our production of tears begins to decline.
Seniors are likely to develop a condition known as “dry eyes”. As tear production declines you may start experiencing eye irritation, redness, mucous in your eyes, blurry vision, and light sensitivity. This condition is more common in older women than men, particularly after menopause.
There are some simple remedies that can help dry eyes. You can use over the counter eye drops and increase the humidity in your home. Wear sunglasses when you go outside. It is important to protect your eyes from the wind as well as the sun. Keep yourself hydrated and try to decrease your screen time.
If lifestyle adjustments don’t resolve the problem, it is time visit one of our ophthalmologists. The symptoms of dry eye can be caused by other, more serious, vision problems. It’s important to get a thorough vision exam if you are experiencing ongoing dry eyes that don’t respond to home remedies.
If your visit reveals that your symptoms are related to dry eyes, your doctor can prescribe medications or treatments that will manage the condition. You don’t have to struggle with irritated eyes and blurry vision. If lifestyle adjustments aren’t working for you, schedule an exam at Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. We will screen you for more serious conditions, test your tear production, and find a solution that will make you comfortable.