Working With The Nursing Home Patient, Cont.

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By Zoriana N. Mangione, Quality Care Opticians, Ballston Lake, NY

 

THIN SKINNED

Even if the frame is generally a good fit, there are several considerations that affect frame comfort for the nursing home population. Mature skin is extremely thin and lacks the fatty deposits in the bridge area that was once more abundant. This means that the bridge of the nose has a greater tendency to get painful red marks from bent or poorly adjusted nose pads. One would be amazed at how quickly the red marks turn into open sores or cystic formations, which can sometimes even cause blocked tear ducts.

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