Unfortunately as a contact lens wearer you are predisposed to dry eyes due to the thin material on your retina
obstructing oxygen from the eye. Despite modern day contact lenses being designed to allow larger amounts of oxygen
to permeate the eye, wearers can still experience dry, gritty eyes especially towards the end of the day. This is
known as contact lens-induced dry eye (CLIDE).
Suffering with dry eyes is one of the leading reasons why lens wearers give up and turn back to glasses. However,
there are many alternatives that can stop you making that step straight away.
The best treatments for dry eyes caused by contact lenses are:
Eye drops, sprays and washes
Silicone hydrogel or low water content contact lenses
Daily disposable contact lenses
Sticking to the cleaning routine advised by your optician
Eye Drops, Sprays and Washes
Online suppliers like Vision Direct or offline retailers such as pharmacies, chemists and supermarkets often
sell eye drops, sprays and washes that are suitable for the treatment of dry eyes caused by contact lenses.
Eye drops such as
are among the many choices of eye drops that can be applied safely with
contact lenses in to reduce discomfort and refresh eyes.
However, if you're finding over the counter eye drops aren't working for you consult your optician as they may be
able to supply an alternative to cope with a more severe case.
Eye Vitamins can increase the amount of nutrients your eyes receive daily and therefore not only improve eye health
but decrease contact lens discomfort. The best eye vitamins include supplements like lutein, zeaxanthin, Vitamin A,
Vitamin C and omega-3 which have all been proven to demonstrate a positive change.
At Vision Direct we stock some of the UK's leading ocular vitamins including:
PreserVision Original Soft Gels.
Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses
Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are made from the latest and most innovative contact lens material available. They
are becoming a popular choice for soft lens wearers, not just because they're good for dry eyes sufferers but
because they offer higher levels of comfort than traditional soft hydrogels. A silicone hydrogel lens permits up to
5 times more oxygen to reach the eye than its predecessor.
In some cases a silicone hydrogel lens is so breathable that it can be worn continuously over an extended period of
time, making tiresome lens cleaning routines a thing of the past.
Speak to your optician if you're interested in silicone hydrogels to ease the discomfort of contact lens-induced dry
eye or if you want the freedom to sleep in your lenses and not be tied down to tiresome cleaning routines.
Some of the best silicone hydrogel's on the marketing include: 1-Day Acuvue Trueye, Biofinity, Acuvue Oasys and Air
Low Water Content Lenses
It is a common misconception to think that the higher the water content in a contact lens the more comfortable the
lens will be. For some wearers, especially those that suffer from dry eyes it can have the reverse affect as the
moisture in the lens can draw the eye's natural tears away, high water content lenses can also become dehydrated
more quickly due to environmental factors.
For soft contact lenses, water content usually ranges between 38% to 79%, so if you think lower water content in
your contact lenses could make a difference please seek advice from your optician.
Daily Disposable Contact Lenses
Daily disposable contact lenses or dailies as they're also known are a great option for dry eye sufferers. Because
they're only worn for a single day and then thrown away there is less time for deposits and dirt that can cause
discomfort to build-up, and less time for the lens to dry out as a result of improper cleaning routines.
Some of the most popular daily disposables recommended for dry eyes are: Focus Dailies AquaComfort Plus, Proclear 1
Day and 1-Day Acuvue Moist.
Stick to the cleaning routine recommended by your optician.
If you wear monthly or two-weekly lenses you'll be using a contact lens solution to clean and store your lenses. If
you've differed from the original solution recommended by your optician this could be why you're suffering from dry
eyes. For example if you're wearing silicone hydrogel lenses, not all multi-purpose solutions are designed to clean
these so make sure the solution you're using is correct. We recommend that you always use the solution prescribed by
your optician to avoid this problem.
Some dry eye discomfort however, can be caused by the preservatives in solutions, if you're finding your eyes feel
irritated and you've not swapped solution, speak to your optician they might recommend a preservative-free lens
solution that is often improves lens comfort for people with sensitive eyes.
Contact Lens Dry Eye Care Products: