Nobody enjoys the redness, gritty feeling, blurry vision, and other symptoms that accompany the chronic syndrome known as dry eye. While wearing some contact lenses can exacerbate the symptoms of dry eye syndrome, not all of them do. At Manufacturer Direct Eyewear can help you switch to contact lenses that minimize dry eye symptoms, helping you enjoy more comfortable eyes and clearer vision.
Why Contact Lenses Irritate Dry Eyes
If you always seem to be bothered by dry eyes, you’re most likely experiencing some abnormality in your tear production or tear film chemistry. The corneas need constant protection from the elements by a film composed of water, mucous, and oils. Any imbalance in this composition and/or insufficient tear gland function will leave your corneas exposed to debris and germs, while also allowing the tissues to dry out. The most severe, untreated cases can cause serious eye damage.
Sadly, ordinary contact lenses often make dry eyes worse. Typical contact lenses prevent the tear film from actually bathing the corneas as it's supposed to do, triggering dry eye syndrome or making your existing dry eye issues even worse. Standard soft lenses are also known to accumulate protein debris, which can irritate unprotected corneas further. The longer you wear your contacts between cleanings or replacements, the more irritated your eyes get.
Your Optometrist Can Prescribe Eye-Friendly Contacts
Dry eye can qualify as a "hard to fit" condition for those individuals who prefer contact lenses to eyeglasses. Even so, you can still wear contacts as long as you're wearing the right kind. Our optometrist will analyze your eyes in detail to understand why your eyes are chronically dry, while also obtaining your current corrective vision prescription. Based on this information, we may recommend specialized options such as:
- Hydrogel contacts - Contacts made from advanced hydrogel materials help the eyes receive and retain more moisture.
- Daily disposable contacts - Wearing fresh contacts every day can minimize irritation from accumulated debris.
- Scleral contacts - Scleral lenses that cover the entire cornea have their own "reservoir" that can hold eye moisture in place and prevent evaporation.
Contact Lenses for Dry Eye in Deerfield Beach
Call Manufacturer Direct Eyewear today at (945) 570-9293 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.