Dry Eyes & Contacts
Over 30 million people in the United States wear contact lenses. Sometimes, you can develop a condition called dry eye syndrome where your contacts can become uncomfortable. “Dry eyes with contacts is what we call it when eyes don’t produce tears properly or don’t make enough fluid to keep your eyes lubricated and comfortable,” said Dr. Joe Wende, Medical Director for ContactsDirect.
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. Here are some of the best contact lenses for dry eyes*:
These are one of the best contacts 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 to be 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 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.
These contact lenses have a unique ultra-smooth surface technology that creates a protective surface 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 that 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.
If you have dry eyes, switching to a different type of contact lens is a good place to start. Take care of your lenses and try out these brands of contact lenses that will help your eyes stay moist and comfortable. Make sure to always follow your doctor's advice before trying a certain pair of contact lenses, but hopefully the days of discomfort and blurred vision are gone.
*Always be sure to discuss the right type of contact lenses for your specific needs with your eyecare professional.