Best Contacts for Dry Eyes
While glasses have a fashionable cachet and LASIK is an effective surgery for refractive errors, many people still prefer wearing contact lenses. They’re easy to put on and take out, and they allow you to see clearly. Yet as anyone who wears contacts can attest, it can be extremely uncomfortable if you suffer from eye allergies and dry eye while your contacts are on.
Dr. Daniel J. Tepper has helped numerous patients in the greater Chicago, IL area who wear contacts and suffer from dry eye. The team at Wicker Park Eye Center would like to offer some advice on what contacts you should wear if you suffer from dry eye syndrome.
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft contact lenses tend to be the most ideal type of contacts for patients who suffer from dry eye. The flexible material of soft contacts allows the eyes to breathe, which can help reduce irritation and discomfort associated with dry eye.
Scleral Contact Lenses
Scleral contact lenses are hard contact lenses that are breathable. They are also known as rigid gas-permeable contact lenses. The diameter of these contact lenses is much larger than traditional contacts, covering the entire corneal surface to help prevent the eyes from drying out.
Note the Lens Material and Water Content
In addition to the type of lenses worn, our Chicago eye doctors may also consider the material of the contact lenses. Some patients may respond better to certain lens materials than others.
Many soft contacts are made from hydrogel, yet there are alternatives available. Silicone-based hydrogel contacts prevent water evaporation better than traditional hydrogel contacts. We can discuss these matters in more detail during your visit.
Picking the Right Contact Lens Cleaning Solution
Sometimes your contacts are just fine and what you should really consider is your contact lens solution. There may be ingredients in your cleaning solution that cause eye irritation, or that adversely affect your soft contact lenses. We can go over these matters with you during your visit as well, and make recommendations based on the contacts that are ideal for you.
Managing Dry Eye with Liquid Tears
If you do suffer from dry eye while wearing contacts, you can reduce the irritation by using liquid tears. These lubricating eye drops will offer much needed relief.
You generally do not need to remove your contacts while using liquid tears. Just make sure that you use eye drops that are preservative-free and made specifically for people who wear contact lenses.
Treatments for Dry Eye
If changing your contact lenses doesn’t offer enough relief, we also have numerous ways of treating dry eye syndrome. Specially formulated eye drops may be used, as can punctal plugs and more invasive procedures.
When you visit our practice, we will make sure to diagnose the cause of your dry eye and develop the right treatment plan for your problem.
Contact Wicker Park Eye Center
If you live in the Chicago area and would like more information about corrective lenses, managing dry eye, and other aspects of care, be sure to contact our skilled team of eye doctors and vision specialists. You can reach our office by phone at (773) 832-8048.