Dry Eyes and Contact Lenses: They CAN go Together

Dry Eyes and Contact Lenses: They CAN go Together

dry eyes One of the most common complaints that eye doctors hear is about dry eyes. This problem is not caused by wearing contact lenses, but it sure can be exacerbated by them.  Dry eye syndrome is getting more attention now, which is great because many people suffer needlessly, and some may be afraid that they will have to revert back to wearing eyeglasses if they tell their eye doctor about their concerns.

Here’s the good news: you don’t have to give up your contact lenses to feel more comfortable! There are several ways that dry eyes can be remedied, and we can help you discover which is right for you.

Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes

Rather than discontinuing your use of contact lenses altogether, you can try switching to a new type of contact lens, one formulated for dry eyes. Makers of contact lenses are now using new technologies that minimize the symptoms of dryness related to contact lens wear. Multiple manufacturers have developed lenses made with a silicone hydrogel, which is gentler to the surface of the eyes.

Orthokeratology is another option for contact lens wearers, and it may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie. This method of lens correction involves wearing a customized lens only while you sleep. When the lens is worn, it is reshaping your cornea and ocular surface so you can see clearly, without contact lenses or glasses, during the day. Orthokeratology may correct certain refractive errors, such as nearsightedness.

Finding the Right Solution

Often, the problem with dry eyes and contact lenses boils down to the products that are used in cleaning solutions. When we work with patients to obtain the right contact lens type and prescription, we also discuss the most appropriate method of cleaning for their particular product. Not all solutions are well-suited to any type of lens. For this reason, it is beneficial to choose cleansing and disinfecting solutions recommended by your eye doctor.

Precision Vision serves patients from Oklahoma City, Edmond, and Midwest City with the care they need to achieve clear, crisp vision. To schedule a visit with us, call an office near you.


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