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Age-Related Dry Eye: Causes and Solutions

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Addressing the Challenges of Dry Eyes As We Age

As we age, our bodies undergo various transformations, including changes in our eye health. One common age-related condition that many individuals encounter is dry eye syndrome. Understanding the factors contributing to this condition and how to manage it effectively becomes increasingly crucial as we age.

Dry eye syndrome in older adults often arises from a combination of factors related to aging and other external influences.

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Exploring Age-Related Factors Contributing to Dry Eye

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  • Tear Gland Function

    Our tear gland function may decline as we age, leading to reduced tear production. This decrease in tear volume can result in dryness and discomfort.

  • Environmental Factors

    Seniors may encounter different environmental conditions that exacerbate dry eye symptoms, such as increased indoor heating or air conditioning systems.

  • Medications That Can Cause Dry Eye

    Certain medications commonly prescribed to older adults, such as hypertension tablets, can have side effects that contribute to dry eyes. It's essential to understand how these drugs may impact your eye health.

  • Underlying Medical Conditions

    Age-related health conditions, such as diabetes or autoimmune diseases, can also increase the risk of dry eye syndrome. Managing these conditions is integral to overall eye health.


Eye Comfort Strategies as We Grow Older

Age-related dry eye does not have to be a constant source of discomfort. With the guidance of eye care professionals, seniors can explore various treatment options to alleviate symptoms and improve their quality of life.

  • Customized Treatment Plans

    Eye care specialists can create personalized treatment plans tailored to address the specific needs of seniors with dry eye syndrome.

  • Lifestyle Modifications

    Simple adjustments to daily routines, such as incorporating humidifiers in living spaces or using preservative-free artificial tears, can significantly improve eye comfort.

  • Medication Management

    In cases where medications contribute to dry eye, healthcare providers can explore alternative treatments or adjustments to minimize side effects.

  • Regular Eye Exams

    Routine eye exams are essential for monitoring age-related eye conditions, allowing for early detection and intervention when necessary.

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- Nov. 04, 2023
Thank you Jaden for for going above and beyond on getting everything fixed with my glasses. I apprec... iate you so much!
- Aug. 09, 2023
We had a great visit with Dr.Bell today! She answered all my questions and was very patient with my ... son. Very impressed with the entire process.
- Dec. 10, 2021
Dr. Bell & Dr. Beard are both Very knowledgeable, caring and explain so that you can understand, and... if you don't understand they will take the time to help you! I have had 2 separate serious eye incidents and they fitted me right in on the day the incidents happened! The office staff has gone above and beyond without my asking. Thank you Plymouth Family Eyecare
- Oct. 09, 2018
My first experience on visiting an eye Dr. here in the USA for over 20 years.Great Dr. staff and ser... vice.Looking forward to seeing them again. Keith
- Apr. 09, 2018
Great place,super friendly.
- Mar. 01, 2018
Dr. Bell and staff are amazing! Always go above and beyond for their patients.
- Feb. 18, 2018
Friendly staff,very helpful and caring
- Dec. 31, 2017
Love love love the team at Plymouth Family Eyecare ! They take great care of my children's eyes 🙂

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Dry Eyes in Plymouth

Our optometry practice in Plymouth

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Medicare
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • United Healthcare
  • VSP

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Plymouth Family Eyecare Prioritizes Your Vision and Comfort

As we journey through life, aging brings changes to our bodies, including our eyes. By understanding the causes and effective management of age-related dry eye, you can enjoy improved eye comfort and clarity, enhancing your well-being in your golden years.

Call Plymouth Family Eyecare today to schedule your comprehensive eye exam and discuss personalized dry eye strategies.

(574) 935-3937