It is not uncommon for some contact lens wearers to complain of dry eyes. While it can also happen to non-wearers, the symptoms of dry eyes can be more pronounced for those who wear these corrective devices.
About Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome is caused by a chronic lack of moisture on the eyes’ surface because of inadequate quantity and quality of tears. You have this condition if your eyes become red, irritated and itchy. Sometimes, it is accompanied by light sensitivity and blurred vision.
Moisture is necessary to prevent friction between the eyes and contact lenses. With dry eye syndrome, the eyes aren’t well-lubricated, and, when the contacts rub against the eyes, discomfort and the other previously mentioned symptoms become more pronounced.
Combating Dry Eyes While Wearing Contacts
Visiting your eye doctor is the first step to determine the cause of your dry eye symptoms and to find out the best way to increase comfort while wearing contact lenses. You may be prescribed lubricating eye drops or artificial tears to relieve the symptoms, especially if it is caused by inefficient tear glands.
Also, know that your doctor won’t discontinue your contact lens wear and have you switch to eyeglasses. In fact, you can switch to a different type of contacts that are specifically designed to reduce dry eye discomfort. Soft contacts are made of hydrogel and are available in either disposable or extended wear types. Those that are silicone-based, meanwhile, retain moisture longer than regular ones.
When you need contact lenses, our exceptional eye care team at Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry is always ready to help you pick out the quality lenses that you need. Trust us for your other eye care needs, including comprehensive eye exams, vision therapy and cataracts treatment. Call us today at (703) 573-1200, or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve Virginia residents, including those living in Falls Church and the surrounding communities.