Contact Lenses Recommendations For Dry Eyes
If you have constantly dry eyes, wearing contact lenses is likely to amplify your dry eye symptoms. However, this doesn’t mean that you cannot wear contacts completely. After an eye exam, an optometrist can prescribe contacts that are suitable for dry eyes. At Arena Eye Care Optometry serving Sacramento and the surrounding areas, we offer exceptional eye care services, including dry eye treatment. Let’s look at some contact lens recommendations that can compensate for dry eyes.
1. Daily Disposables
Contact lens manufacturers are always developing newer and more advanced contact lenses, and almost all of that effort has been put into the soft daily disposable segment. These are lenses that are only worn once, then thrown away. In the past 15 years, there have only been a few re-usable lenses released, whereas there have been approximately 20 types of daily disposables developed. These newer designs are far more likely to be comfortable and far less likely to get dry as you wear them. There also far less likely to be associated with other complications of contact lens wear.
2. Scleral Lenses
If you suffer from severe dry eyes, scleral lenses are for you. These contacts are designed to cover the entire front part of the eye and not touch the cornea. As a result, it locks in moisture, preventing severe dry eyes, and causes no eye irritation or nerve desensitization. Due to the complexity of scleral lenses, you will need a comprehensive eye exam before they can be made for you.
3. Low Water Content Contacts
Although it seems illogical to go for low water contact lenses when you have dry eyes, it can work to reduce dry eyes. This is because high water content contacts get water from your tear ducts to stay wet, which can make them more likely to suck up the water from your eyes. On the other hand, low water content contacts don’t draw as much water from the tears, meaning your eyes will still have a way to stay moistened. Keep in mind that an eye doctor has to examine your eyes before we can determine whether low water content contacts will be suitable for you.
4. Water Gradient Contacts
These lenses have low water content on the inside and high water content on the outside. That means they stay moist like low water content lenses yet feel comfortable like high water content lenses. You literally get the best of both worlds and they are available in daily disposables as well as monthly replacement.
5. Properly Fitting Contacts
Did you know that improperly fitting contacts may cause your eyes to become dry or even worse have an infection? Getting properly fitting contacts from a reputable eye care clinic could solve your problem.
Contact Arena Eye Care Optometry in Sacramento, CA
Are dry eyes making it hard or impossible for you to wear contact lenses? Dr. Holmberg and Dr. Patel at Arena Eye Care Optometry can perform a comprehensive eye exam and determine which product can provide the vision correction you need, without irritating your dry eyes. Call our team today at (916) 419-8167 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.