Have you searched high and low for the best contacts for dry eyes?
If you experience dryness when wearing contact lenses, then you probably have!
Luckily, there are now some great dry eye solutions.
Dry eyes are a common problem, both for wearers of contact lenses and those that don’t use them.
These days, there are many good contact lens solutions, as well as better quality lenses available.
By combining a new type of contact lens with a good solution, dry eyes will not be such a bother.
Using a lubricating eye drop and a high quality cleaning and storing solution is important.
A practitioner can help you find the best moisture and comfort content.
It is also a good idea to ask your eye doctor about a different lens if you’re suffering from dry eyes.
Contact lenses and water content
There really is not one particular type of lens for dry eyes, but there are certain types of contact lenses that can relieve the dryness.
Water-loving polymers make up a soft contact lens. These combinations of hydrophilic polymers hold water, to keep your contacts comfortable and moist. The soft lens will range from 38 to 79 percent in its capability of holding water.
A higher level of water in a lens does not necessarily mean more comfort. That is why it is always best to ask your eye doctor for advice.
Sometimes a lesser water content will give better comfort to dry eyes, because the higher level water contacts can lose moisture from environmental influences.
A contact lens with a high content of water can also draw the tears from your ducts to keep properly hydrated, which in turn increases the dryness.
An unusual alternative
There is now a contact lens you can wear at night. This lens gradually reshapes the eye, and will eventually enable you to see without contact lenses at all. These lenses are called Ortho-K or ‘cornea molds’.
The lens slowly flattens the cornea in a very controlled way, and reduces myopia, bringing the eyes into correct focus. This method also requires a retainer lens to be used during the daytime, to maintain the flatness of the cornea.
The Silicone Hydrogel contact lens is relatively new, and has a high permeability of oxygen. Oxygen helps to maintain good vision and eye health.
Generally lower in water content than the traditional lens, Silicone hydrogels are one of the best contacts for dry eyes. If you have trouble with dryness, and are wearing a standard type lens, your eye doctor might recommend these.
Certain brands of lenses can be beneficial to your dry eye problem.Proclear lenses are FDA approved, and have been shown to provide a more comfortable fit.
Another brand is Exctreme H20. This lens has been reported to solve the dryness issue. Ask your doctor for more information on what is best for you.
Some people have tear glands that will not produce enough tears to keep the eyes hydrated. Soft contacts can dry these out even more. Frequent blinking adds to the problem, as does using a computer all day.
Cleaning solutions and disinfectants
Disinfectants and storing and cleaning products are not all created equal. It is important to make sure you are using the right product for your specific lenses.
Some of the silicone hydrogel lenses are less comfortable when used with certain solutions commonly available on the market. Your eye doctor will give you a sample of the best solutions to use with your contacts.
Be careful to note any changes in your habits, because switching brands can cause dryness. If this happens, bring the bottles to your doctor. He will be able to determine if this is the cause of the problem.
Intolerance to preservatives
It always seems more economical and takes less time to buy the all-in-one solutions for your contacts, but this may cause dryness problems. The main problem with this type of solution is that it contains preservatives. You can become intolerant to the multipurpose solutions, and may develop more serious dry eye problems. Switching to a preservative-free program may help.
Your ophthalmologist knows your eyes best. He will be able to recommend the best contacts for dry eyes for your particular situation.