Best Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes

17th Mar 2020

If you wear contact lenses you must have experienced itchiness and an annoying redness around the rims of your eyes at some level while wearing contact lenses. This feeling is known as dry eyes in medical terms. Whether you buy contact lenses online or from a doctor you are likely to experience this problem unless you take some precaution and wear specific contact lenses that help to avoid dry eyes. There are several ways you can get dry eyes like exposing your eyes to direct air conditioning or heat, drinking less water, especially in the winter season, focussing on a screen for a long period of time, some medication or a medical condition, etc. There might be some pretty small reasons like poor fitting that can cause dry eyes.

The problems with dry eyes are not just the itchiness and having difficulty with the vision, it can get worse. If not treated properly it can lead to eye inflammation, corneal abrasions, ulcers, the decreased tear level can cause serious infections that can be sight-threatening. There are some lifestyle changes that we can adopt to avoid dry eyes if your doctor rules out serious infections.

First of all, try to keep yourself hydrated properly. Moreover, studies have shown that a diet that contains a rich amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can help with the inflammation and increase the production of tears.

There are colored contact lenses, circle contact lenses and many more that help with dry eyes as well. When deciding a pair of contact lenses for dry eyes people often make the mistake of buying contact lenses with a high content of water. Contact lenses with high wettability increase the dry eyes problems as it absorbs water from eyes to keep itself moist. So the lower the wettability level the higher the comfort. The best approach is to use soft contact lenses that allow an ample amount of oxygen to reach the cornea of the eyes. Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are the best contact lense. They are made with a wetlock technology that keeps the eyes moist for a long period of time and is the most breathable contact lenses in the market.

Some of the best contact lenses for dry eyes are Bioinfinity contact lenses for monthly use, Proclear, Acuvue Oasys, Air Optix, Dailies Total 1, Dailies AquaComfort Plus, Bausch & Lomb’s ULTRA Lens, and many others that you can decide with the help of your doctor.

There is also the option of scleral contact lenses that cover the entire eye. The sclera is the white area of the eye that is visible. These are RGP contact lenses that cover the entire front of the eye and helps with keeping the contact lenses moist.

Ortho-k contact lenses are specially designed contact lenses that are only worn at night to help with the dry eye problem. These contact lenses reshape the front of the eye while you sleep and correct the refraction errors of the eyes at night. Since you won’t be wearing contact lenses during the day time, you won’t experience any discomfort.

Another most opted for a method to relieve the dry eye problems is with the help of eye drops also known as artificial tears. Artificial tears are a great way to relieve the problem for some period but there are some drops that can last for a long duration.

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