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
- Eye vitamins
- 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 Blink Contacts, Hycosan and Artelac Rebalance 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.