Dry Eye and Contact Lenses

A common complaint among contact lens users is that their eyes are dry. It may be a reason that some eye care patients avoid wearing contacts at all. In fact, recent studies have shown that up to 52.7% of contact lens wearers suffer from dry eye . However, eye care patients should know there are options out there to help improve the discomfort of dry eye.

Dry eye is typically related to an insufficiency in tear film. Tear film is a mixture of water, fatty oils, proteins, and electrolytes . Tear film helps the eye stay hydrated, maintain a smooth and clear surface, and helps to prevent infections. When a patient either has decreased amounts of tear volume, or an increase in tear evaporation, that patient will suffer from dry eye. Some of the most common complaints of patients suffering from dry eye are: stinging, burning, grittiness, the feeling of something in the eye, and blurry vision.

Patients can work with their eye care practitioner to find a dry eye solution that works for them. The first step is to make an appointment with an eye care practitioner and discuss these complaints. Some patients worry that bringing up dry eye issues will mean that they will have to give up wearing contact lenses, but an eye care practitioner may be able to recommend contact lenses and a regimen that can keep patients looking and feeling their best.

An eye care practitioner may be able to direct dry eye patients to a contact lens that suits their needs. According to All About Vision , “Some brands have been found to be particularly useful contact lenses for dry eyes. Proclear lenses (CooperVision, Inc.), for example, are the only contact lenses on the market to carry the FDA-approved labeling statement, ‘May provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear.’” While there are many ways to address dry eye, patients can talk to their eye care practitioner about what dry eye solution is best for them.

For more information about CooperVision’s Proclear products, please visit our product page .

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