Contact Lenses can often make your eyes feel dry. If you already suffer from dry eye syndrome, the wrong lenses can exacerbate the problem.
Generally speaking, soft contact lenses are better for patients with chronic dry eye. Soft contacts allow oxygen to pass through so that your eyes can better breathe. They also hold water, which in turn will help to keep your eyes wet.
Contact lenses made from silicone require less wetness and also allow oxygen to pass through easily. Even though these lenses are more expensive, they may be worth it for someone who suffers from chronic dry eye syndrome.
Scleral lenses, which are custom-fitted for even irregular corneas, are also very effective in keeping your eye moist.
Replacing your contacts on a regular basis help to ensure that your lenses stay moist. Therefore, daily disposable lenses are probably the best and most comfortable option for dry eye sufferers.
Finally, lubricating eye drops can help with dry eye syndrome can also help your dry eyes while wearing contacts. It’s important to make sure that any drops you use are meant to be used while wearing contact lenses. You can ask our eye doctors for more information.
Of course, if your dry eye or eye irritation becomes too severe, remove your contacts, and schedule an appointment with our optometrists immediately.