Hi. I'm Dr. Rick and I have two decades of ophthalmology experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Yes, you could use a soothing ointment, such as lacrilube, to protect his eye from drying out and being irritated by his eyelid and lashes.
Alternatively, there is a very quick, easy, painless and effective treatment for his condition that can be done by an ophthalmologist. This can be done in the eye doctors office in less than 5 minutes or, if the doctor is willing, could easily be done in your husbands nursing home room.
It is called the Quickert suture technique and, while the classic approach involves 3 stitches, I have had success with a few as one in selected cases.
In any event, it is quick, easy, effective and 100% reversible (just take out the stitches) if needed.
Here is an article on this procedure:
So. What is the take home message? From what you have posted I think this would be a good solution to your husbands eye problem.
Does this make sense to you?
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