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How to Cope With Dry Eyes in Contact Lenses

contact_lensesCoping with dry eyes while wearing contact lenses can prove challenging.

Normally a thin layer of tears forms below the contact lens. When this layer begins to dry out it may lead to discomfort and irritation.

Lens wearers may find themselves rubbing their eyes and squinting. Wearing the lenses can become near impossible. It can be painful and dangerous.

Age normally exacerbates the problem. As people age, the moisture in the eyes diminishes and this can lead to even more problems. However there are several things you can do to overcome this problem and make wearing contact lenses with your dry eyes tolerable.

One solution is to purchase the newer lenses which incorporate re-wetting technology. Several companies make these lenses. While they may cost a little more, for people struggling with dry eyes the difference is dramatic. You no longer find yourself rubbing your eyes and squinting constantly. The difference is most pronounced late in the day.

Most contact lenses are moist when they are first inserted into the eyes. As they day wears on they gradually dry out. With the new lenses they maintain their moisture all day allowing people with dry eyes to be able to wear them for long periods in relative comfort.

Another option for people with dry eyes trying to wear contact lenses is to use a saline solution to moisturize both their eyes and their contact lenses. There are a number of these products on the market. Most of them call for the person with dry eyes to place the saline solution in their eyes and lubricate their contact lenses several times during the day. The solution eliminates much of the dryness and allows the person to use their contact lenses with relative ease. It is also important for them to thoroughly soak their contact lenses at night. Once they do this they should be comfortable wearing their contact lenses.

The first step for people suffering with dry eyes who want to wear contact lenses should be a visit to your eye doctor. Many people think wearing contact lenses with high water content may be the solution to the problem. However high water content contact lenses can actually hurt people with dry eyes. Those contact lenses may draw moisture from the eye to keep the lenses wet and further exacerbate the problem. You eye doctor may be able to give you more viable options.  

Dry eyes do not have to stop you from wearing contact lenses. With help from your eye doctor you can choose from a number of viable solutions.

 

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