If you have frequent dry eyes and are interested in trying out contacts, make sure to let our eye doctors at Steck Eye Care in Wauwatosa know. Here are a few important things you should know about contact lenses for dry eyes.
You Can Still Get and Wear Contacts with Dry Eyes
Many people with dry eyes successfully wear contacts. The key is finding the right contact material and brand for your condition. There are many different types of contact lenses, but the softest are usually made out of hydrogel, a special material that contains water. Hydrogel is very gentle and allows people to wear contacts without irritation even if they have sensitive or dry eyes.
Hydrogel made out of silicone can be especially useful for those with dry eyes, because the silicone excels at retaining water in the lens. That means water won’t evaporate as quickly, which is beneficial for people who have struggled to wear other types of contacts in the past or who have dry eyes.
The Right Contact Lens Habits
If you find that wearing contacts makes your eyes dry and uncomfortable, make sure you mention this to our optometrist. Not only can our eye doctors offer contact lenses for dry eyes, but we can also provide you with tips about practicing the right habits to prevent these dry eye problems.
For example, we may suggest you wear contacts for shorter periods during the day and switch over to glasses during the evening. If you use extended-wear contacts that are made to be left in your eyes for up to a month, we may recommend switching to daily contacts that you take out every night, which are often easier on dry eyes. It’s also important to discuss what contact solution you use. Not all contact solutions are the same, and switching to a different solution can help treat dry eye problems.
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