If you’re a contact lens wearer suffering from dryness, you’re not alone. Up to 50% of soft contact lens wearers complain of dryness. Many even give up on their lenses altogether and switch back to wearing glasses. There’s no need to resort to such extremes. With the variety of contact lenses and care products available today the need to discontinue wear because of dryness is reduced.
Causes for Dryness:
There are many causes for dryness including: allergies, age, certain medications,excessive computer use, and even pregnancy. Symptoms, other than dryness of course, may involve: stinging, burning, blurred vision, redness, and/or a gritty feeling as if something is in the eye. The best way to diagnose your particular dry eye symptoms is to see your eye care professional. He or she can test the tear film and will evaluate your particular symptoms to determine the best way to increase your lens wearing comfort.
Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses
You might want to ask your eye doctor about silicone hydrogel contact lenses . This advanced material allows for a greater flow of oxygen, which is helpful for dry eyes. CooperVision’s Biofinity line is a special kind of silicone hydrogel lens made from Aquaform Comfort Science Technology; a highly breathable and moist material designed for optimum comfort.
Suffering From Contact Lens Related Dry Eye?
Many people reach for over-the-counter eye drops when dry eye strikes. For many this is only a temporary solution and depending on the drops, some can even cloud your lenses.
If you’re suffering from contact lens related dryness, you may be interested in CooperVision’s Proclear line of lenses which are the only contact lenses cleared by U.S. FDA for the claim: "may provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms related to dryness during lens wear.” The Proclear family also includes a daily disposable which can be helpful if your dryness is due to allergies.
If you’re tired of dealing with dryness during contact lens wear, make an appointment with your eye doctor today and get back to seeing clearly and comfortably!
Nothing in this blog post is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please see your eye care practitioner.