When do Contact Lenses Expire?
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When do Contact Lenses Expire?

Over 30 million people in the United States wear contact lenses. Sometimes, you can develop a condition called dry eye syndrome where your contacts become uncomfortable. “Dry eye syndrome is what we call it when eyes don’t produce tears properly or don’t make enough fluid to keep your contacts lubricated and comfortable,” says Dr. Joe Wende, Medical Director for Contacts Direct.

Dry eyes can be caused by several issues, such as damage to the tear glands or skin around the eyes, autoimmune conditions, medicines, hormonal changes, allergies, and aging eyes. Dry eyes may cause pain, burning, a gritty feeling, or blurred vision.

But you don’t have to give up wearing contact lenses if you have dry eyes. Contacts Direct carries many contacts designed specifically for dry eyes. It’s important to always be sure to discuss the right type of contact lenses for your specific needs with your eyecare professional.


Some of the best contacts for dry eyes include:

CooperVision

These are a great option for dry eyes because they are made of a high-water hydrogel material and contain molecules found naturally in human cell membranes. These molecules attract and surround themselves with water and keep Proclear lenses moist and comfortable after 12 hours of wear. These lenses are the only brand currently approved by the FDA to carry this label: "May provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear." They come in a variety of designs including a daily disposable lens, bifocal contact lenses, and toric contact lenses for astigmatism.

Acuvue Oasys

ACUVUE OASYS contact lenses feel comfortable all day long, even in tough surroundings. Digital devices and environments with either cold air conditioning or dusty, dry air can cause discomfort and irritation to eyes. ACUVUE OASYS contact lenses with HYDRACLEAR PLUS technology provide smoothness and wettability to help reduce the feeling of tired or dry eyes, so you can perform at your best all day. These contacts are also FDA-approved for overnight wear for up to one week, if approved by your doctor.

AIR OPTIX AQUA

These contact lenses have a unique, ultra-smooth surface technology that creates a protective layer of moisture that resists deposits better than other contact lenses for consistent comfort from day one to day 30. AIR OPTIX AQUA are high-oxygen-transmissible lenses, making them ideal for wearers who keep contacts in for an extended period of time. AIR OPTIX AQUA contact lenses provide clear vision and consistent comfort, a protective layer of moisture at the surface that resists deposits all month long, and up to five times more oxygen than traditional soft contact lenses for white, healthy-looking eyes.

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