Why do my contact lenses get dry when I drink alcohol?
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Why do my contact lenses get dry when I drink alcohol?

Why do my contact lenses get dry when I drink alcohol?

Raise your hand (or your glass) if you have ever been frustrated by your contact lenses drying out when you drink alcohol.

It can be daunting for contact lens wearers to stay awake when trying to enjoy a long night of drinking. Not only are you out and about into the wee hours of the evening, but your contact lenses are also uncomfortably dry, which makes you wish that last call came sooner.

What is the exact reason your contact lenses dry up when you drink alcohol?

It is a known fact that alcohol causes dehydration. Allaboutdryeye.com points out that if you become dehydrated, your eyes will become dry and irritable. Even a small amount of alcohol can increase and exacerbate symptoms in dry eye patients.

It makes perfect sense. Alcohol causes dehydration and your eyes are one of the primary body parts to be affected by dehydration.

Dry eyes can be more pronounced if you wear contact lenses and your contacts start to dry out too.

If you are concerned that you may become dehydrated while consuming alcohol, look out for the following symptoms:

  • A dry, sticky mouth
  • Sleepiness or tiredness
  • Thirst
  • Decreased urination
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or light headedness

Using contact-safe rewetting drops is a smart way to prevent irritation caused by dry eyes. Make sure to drink plenty of water before consuming alcohol to avoid dehydration. You will also want to ensure that your contact lenses are not outside their expiration date. Combining old contact lenses with dehydration is a recipe for discomfort!

Lastly, when you are drinking with friends at your local pub, there is a good chance you might be around smokers. Allaboutvision.com states, “If you smoke, you are at increased risk for dry eye syndrome, as well as other problems such as muscular degeneration.

The majority of drinkers can agree that the worst part of alcohol consumption is the hangover the next day. If you are consuming too much alcohol, your contact lenses are likely to become extremely dry, which is a sign you are in for a rough morning ahead.

Pacing your alcohol intake, staying hydrated with water, avoiding smoke and applying reliable rewetting drops are all ways you can avoid dryness during your night out.