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If you have dry eyes, you probably can't wear a standard pair of contacts. However, you don't have to give up hope on wearing contacts completely. At Bright Eyes Vision Clinic, serving Otsego and Minnetonka, MN and the surrounding areas, our optometrist can help you find a pair of contacts that are comfortable for you, despite your dry eyes.
Dry eye syndrome is a condition that occurs when your eyes either don't produce an adequate amount of tears or poor quality ones. It can cause a variety of symptoms including red, itchy, or irritated eyes. Although the condition can happen whether you wear contacts or not, wearing them can make it worse.
Damage to the tear glands around your eyes can cause dry eyes and so can a disease of the skin around your eyes. Diseases like Sjogren's syndrome and other autoimmune conditions will cause dry eye. If you take antihistamines, antidepressants, birth control pills, or blood pressure medications, you might have dry eye. Hormonal changes and age can contribute to dry eyes as well.
While some soft contacts worsen your dry eye syndrome, some specific lenses feature a hydrogel formula that traps in moisture. These contact lenses maintain their moisture for up to 16 hours. You might want to try a silicone-based hydrogel lens because they don't allow water to escape as easily.
Additionally, you should opt for once-daily disposable lenses that you throw away after you wear them once. By throwing away your contacts daily, you prevent protein deposits from forming that can make your eyes feel even drier. Another plus is that you do not have to purchase solution!
Scleral lenses may provide you with more comfort than a standard pair of soft contacts. These particular contacts are larger in diameter, so they cover the entire front surface of the eye. Ultimately, this prevents your eyes from drying out. If you also have an irregularly shaped cornea, these will work better for you than a traditional pair of contacts. Additionally, they can optimize your vision more so than soft contacts.
Ortho-K, also known as Orthokeratology, is a special fitting process for gas permeable contacts lenses you wear at night. Instead of dealing with the discomfort of contacts during the day, you wear a pair of contacts while you sleep that reshape the cornea of your eyes, so light reflects on your retina properly.
Schedule an appointment for an examination for contacts and receive a prescription for ones especially for dry eyes by contacting Bright Eyes Vision Clinic, serving Otsego, Minnetonka, MN, and the surrounding area, at (763) 241-1090.