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5 Simple Solutions For Contact Lens-Induced Dry Eyes

According to allaboutvision.com, “Dry eye syndrome is a common problem among contact lens wearers and non-wearers alike. But symptoms of dry eye can be more pronounced if you wear contact lenses and your contacts start to dry out. Dry eye is a common cause of contact lens discomfort.” For anyone who has ever worn contact lenses for any length of time, they are well aware of the itchy, scratchy, dry sensations that can occur.

Solutions for Dry Eyes due to Contact Lenses

  • Try a different brand of contact lens and/or related contact lens care products/solutions. Sometimes it’s just a matter of trying something different that may be more comfortable for your eyes.
  • Get an eye exam. An eye doctor can evaluate the cause of your symptoms and the best way to increase comfort while wearing your contacts.
  • Try a daily disposable lens. The phrase "contact lenses for dry eyes" refers to new technology that reduces contact lens-induced dry eye symptoms, which are the leading cause of people discontinuing contact lens usage.
  • Use eye drops. Sometimes contact lens-related dry eyes can be treated with the use of eye drops also known as rewetting drops or artificial tears. Make sure they are non-preserved and NOT Visine or Clear Eyes.
  • Try a Hydrogen Peroxide care system. Some people have adverse reactions to multi-purpose solutions and would do better with solutions that provide a deeper clean.

Since dry eye is the main reason people stop using contact lenses, contact lenses manufacturers have invented a variety of products to address this issue for consumers:

Your eye doctor also can tell you about other possible remedies for contact lens-related dry eyes, including eye vitamins, flaxseed or fish oil supplements, and prescription eye drops like Xiidra for dry eye relief. Review your contact lenses solutions with your eye doctor to see if they can recommend any changes. Do you experience dryness with contact lenses? Have you found anything to be really helpful?

One Love,

Dr. Jenna

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