Contact lenses for dry eyes are specially designed to provide comfort and clear vision for individuals who experience dry eye symptoms while wearing contact lenses. Dry eye occurs when the eyes don't produce enough tears or when the tears produced are of poor quality, leading to discomfort, irritation, and blurry vision. Chico Vision Care Optometry in Chico, CA, understands the challenges of dealing with dry eyes, so we’re here to introduce you to your options.
Understanding Dry Eyes
Dry eyes are a persistent and uncomfortable vision issue that affects individuals of all ages. It’s often due to damage to the tear glands, hormone changes, and aging. Beyond the dryness, the condition can cause intense itchiness, stinging sensations, and red eyes. Wearing regular contacts exacerbates these symptoms, making eyes even more uncomfortable.
Contact Lens Options for Dry Eyes
If you struggle with dry eyes, regular contacts aren’t an option. The ideal contact lenses for dry eyes include:
These rigid gas permeable contacts (GP) feature a soft silicone material that allows oxygen to permeate and circulate within the eye. However, unlike regular GPs, scleral contacts are designed to prevent contact between the eye and the lens material and alleviate the risk of eye irritation.
Low Water Contacts
High water content contacts will aggravate the condition if you struggle with dry eyes because your eyes tend to dry out fast. On the other hand, low-water contacts lose less moisture to the environment, making them a better option.
Hybrid contact lenses are a specialized type of contact lens that combines soft and rigid gas permeable (RGP) features. These lenses are designed to provide the benefits of RGP lenses, such as clear and stable vision, with the comfort of soft lenses.
Extended Wear Lenses
Constant lens removal and insertion increases the risk of irritation and worsening dry eyes. Extended-wear contacts can be worn continuously for an extended period, reducing the need for frequent removal and insertion.
Book a Personalized Consultation
At Chico Vision Care Optometry in Chico, NC, your comfort and vision well-being is our priority. So, if you’ve been experiencing dry eye symptoms, don’t hesitate to stop by our clinic. Our experienced eye doctor will conduct a thorough examination to understand the severity of your dry eyes. We recommend the most suitable contact lenses for relief and exceptional vision quality.
If you offer us the green light, our optometrist will conduct a contact fitting exam to ensure you walk away with a pair of contacts that perfectly fit you and offer relief from dry eye. Don’t let dry eyes hinder your lifestyle or compromise your well-being. Contact us at (530) 342-9644 to begin your journey to a life free from the discomfort of dry eyes.