Every so often, you see an older person with eyes like a St. Bernard. You know the look: red rims, saggy, sort of doleful looking even though the person may be in good spirits.
That look now is mine. Temporarily.
It’s a condition called Blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelids. It can happen in people of any age, but for some odd reason, seniors seem more likely to suffer it. Once you get it, you’re likely to be stuck with it for the rest of your days. But that doesn’t mean you have to look like a large, sad dog all that time.
My ophthalmologist has recommended this course of treatment: For two weeks, apply hot compresses on the eyes each night and morning. Before bed, clean the lids with warm water and baby shampoo on a Q-tip. Then apply a topical ointment (your doc can give you a prescription) to the lower rim of the eye.
It works. The treatment removes the red. Oh, it’ll eventually return, but then you just repeat the treatment.
Sure beats hanging a cask of brandy around your neck and heading for the Alps.