1. What Can I Do About Dry Eye and Contacts?
Contact lenses offer a convenient way to take care of your eyesight, without the need to wear glasses throughout the day. But some patients feel conflicted because they are worried about dry eyes and contacts. If you are already suffering from dry eyes, are you a good candidate to wear contact lenses?
Dry eye symptoms don’t eliminate your ability to wear these vision correction lenses. The best thing that you can do is talk to an experienced optometrist about treatment options that will allow you to maintain comfort while wearing contact lenses.
2. Proper Care of Contact Lenses to Reduce Dry Eye Symptoms
Even though dry eyes can make it a bit more challenging to wear contact lenses, you can follow a few simple rules to avoid dry eye issues. Properly caring for your contact lenses is essential so that you don’t exacerbate your dry eye problems:
- Always Wash Your Hands: Never touch your contact lenses without thoroughly washing your hands first. Every single time you need to touch your lenses, it is important to have clean hands. This practice reduces the risk of transferring infection-causing pathogens to the lenses.
- Don’t Sleep in Your Contacts: When you wear contact lenses while sleeping, it reduces the amount of oxygen that is available for your eyes. Sleeping with contact lenses can also affect your tear film, which makes your dry eyes worse. The healthiest practice is to remove your contacts before going to bed.
- Follow Time Recommendations: A fresh pair of contact lenses can go a long way to improve your comfort. Don’t try to use your lenses beyond the recommended wear time. Always follow the eye doctor’s instructions regarding the timeline for throwing away the old lenses and opening a box of fresh contacts.
- Use Artificial Tears: One of the easiest ways to maintain the moisture of your eyes is to use artificial tears throughout the day. Even if your eyes don’t feel dry at the moment, these drops can help with the prevention of dry eyes later in the day.
- Give Your Eyes a Break: Don’t wear contact lenses during every moment of the day. It can be helpful to give your eyes a break. For example, let your eyes breathe for a bit by taking your contacts out a few hours before bedtime.
- Try Different Lenses: If you are continuing to have problems with dry eyes and contact lenses, then talk to your eye doctor about options. There are many brands and contact lens designs available. Switching the lenses could be the right solution for your eyes.
3. Dry Eyes After Taking Contacts Out?
Do you find that the dry eye symptoms are noticeable after taking contacts out? Even though your eyes feel fine when the contact lenses are worn, you might experience discomfort after wearing the lenses.
It is essential that you follow the recommendations listed above so that you can protect your eyes throughout the day, ensuring that enough lubrication is available to avoid dry eyes.
Our goal at Vision Boutique is to help you find the right solution for vision correction lenses. We are here to help with the selection of lenses that will ensure your comfort and vision throughout the day.