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How to Manage Dry Eye Syndrome when Wearing Contact Lenses

How to Manage Dry Eye Syndrome when Wearing Contact Lenses

, by nanmoon, 4 min reading time

Managing dry eye syndrome while wearing contact lenses can be challenging but is possible with the right strategies. Use rewetting drops designed for contact lenses, opt for lenses made for dry eyes, limit wear time, and avoid environmental triggers like dry air. Maintain good lens hygiene and consider other treatments like scleral lenses, which provide constant lubrication and reduce irritation. Consult your eye care provider for personalized recommendations.

How to Manage Dry Eye Syndrome when Wearing Contact Lenses

Dry eye syndrome (also known as keratoconjunctivitis Sicca) is a condition where the eyes do not produce enough tears. Or, the tears that are produced are of a poor quality. The result is a lack in moisture and lubrication of the eye's surface, which can lead to irritation, discomfort, and even permanent damage.

The severity of the symptoms of dry eyes syndrome can vary. These include a burning sensation or stinging in the eye, itching or redness, light sensitivity, blurred or clouded vision, or a feeling of grittiness. The body may try to compensate by causing excessive tears.

Dry eye syndrome may be caused by various factors. These include age, hormonal changes and environmental factors, such as wind or dry air. It can also be caused due to certain medical conditions like autoimmune diseases. Dry eye syndrome can be difficult to manage while wearing contacts. It is a problem that many people face every day. They may even stop wearing contacts or feel helpless.

Is it possible to manage dry eye syndrome while wearing contacts?

Yes! Yes!

Dryness and discomfort can be relieved by using rewetting droplets or artificial tears that are specifically designed for contact lens wearers. The drops can be applied as many times as necessary, but you should use those that are compatible for your contact lenses.

You can use contact lenses that are designed specifically for dry eyes. Some lenses are designed to make people's eyes more comfortable. These lenses typically are made with materials that help retain moisture and add additional lubrication.

Limit your contact lens wear: If you find that you have significant discomfort while wearing contact lenses or that they are dry, you should limit how long you wear them. Consult your eyecare provider to determine the best time to wear your specific lenses.

Avoid environmental triggers. It is also helpful to avoid environmental triggers such as air conditioning and windy conditions. Use a humidifier to maintain moisture in your workspace or home.

Maintaining good hygiene can help reduce dry eye symptoms. Keep your contact lenses clean and disinfected regularly. Avoid rubbing the eyes as this can cause irritation and dryness.

Consider other treatment options. In some cases your eye care professional may recommend an additional treatment option for dry eye syndrome. This could include prescription eyedrops or a procedure designed to block the tear ducts and improve the tear quality. Talk to your eyecare provider about all of the options.

What Are Scleral Lenses, and How Can They Help Dry Eye Syndrome?

Scleral contact lenses are a special type of lens. They are larger than regular lenses and rest directly on the sclera of the eye. These lenses are designed with a reservoir between the lens surface and the cornea to help relieve dryness. They also provide a more stable view.

Scleral lens are especially useful for those who suffer from severe dry eye syndrome and other eye conditions such as corneal irregularities, scarring or corneal irregularities. Scleral lenses don't come in direct contact with your cornea like traditional lenses. This reduces irritation and discomfort.

Scleral lenses provide constant lubrication, reducing dryness and irritation. Scleral lenses are also larger than normal contact lenses, which can improve the visual acuity of people with irregularly shaped corneas. This includes those with keratoconus, or other corneal disorders.

Scleral contact lenses can be fitted more precisely to an individual's eyes than disposable lenses. For the best results, you should work with an eye doctor who has extensive experience in prescribing and fitting scleral lens. To prevent infection and to maintain comfort, it is essential that scleral contact lenses are cleaned and maintained properly.


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