Q: What is the reason for the inability to close the eyes of terminally ill patients who are chronically sick?
The objective of the above question is to emphasize the importance of the passionate care of terminally ill patients. Cachexia causes the loss of retroorbital fat pad, and the orbit falls too posterior in its socket. This leads to constant exposure of conjunctiva even when the patient is sleeping or sedated. Damage can be prevented with the use of ophthalmic lubricants or artificial tears.
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