Many people think it’s their contact lenses that are making their eyes dry, but the truth is that contact lens wearers, as well as non-wearers alike, can suffer from dry eye syndrome. Wearing contact lenses, however, does make the condition more pronounced as contact lenses begin to dry out, too, making them uncomfortable to wear.
To help you deal with dry eye syndrome while wearing contacts or if you’re planning to, here’s some advice:
Consult Your Doctor
First of all, you have to deal with the source of the problem. Dry eyes can be caused by medication, inflammation or your surroundings. To get to the root of the problem and get effective solutions, talk to your doctor.
Use Rewetting Drops
Ask your vision therapy specialist about rewetting drops. The proper way to use rewetting drops or artificial tears is to use them even when your eyes are not dry. Don’t wait for your eyes to dry out and your contacts to cause more discomfort; use your artificial tears.
Rest Your Eyes
This isn’t just about giving your eyes a break from reading, watching TV or using a device with a screen; it’s also about not wearing your contacts for a few hours every day, if possible. Contacts are great for your eyesight, but they also prevent your eyes from benefiting from exposure to oxygen as well as natural tear film.
Keep Your Hands and Contacts Clean
Never touch your contacts without cleaning your hands first with soap and water. Clean hands won’t transfer bacteria and other microorganisms to your contacts and your eyes so you can avoid infection and inflammation. Avoid rubbing your eyes.
See Your Eye Doctor
Get an eye checkup at least once a year so they can evaluate your tear film, and check if your prescription glasses or contact lenses are still right for you.
For healthier eyes, visit Insight Vision Center Optometry. We offer optometry services, including scleral lenses. Call us today at (714) 486-3315, or use this form to schedule an appointment. We work with patients in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, CA.