Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes

Do you suffer from dry, scratchy eyes? Do you wear contacts? It could be possible that your contact lenses are causing your dry eye syndrome. Dry eyes are common among those who do or do not wear contact lenses; however, the symptoms among those who do wear contacts may be more severe and uncomfortable. Symptoms of include irritation, redness, and itchy eyes.   


A method to deal with contact lens-induced dry eye is to schedule an appointment with an optometrist or ophthalmologist for treatment. Our ophthalmologist at New Century Ophthalmology serving Oxford, NC, and Raleigh, NC, can help with your condition, contact lens, and eye care needs. 

Could Your Contact Lenses Be Causing Dry Eye? 

Contact lens-induced dry eye occurs when the front of the eye is partially blocked from allowing oxygen from entering the eye. Though contact lenses are now designed to allow significant amounts of oxygen to permeate the eye, those who wear contacts still experience dry, gritty, itchy eyes. 

Contact lenses may need to remain moist, allowing them to stay soft and maintain their shape. However, in addition to lack of oxygen, contact wearers may have trouble producing tears, leading to dry eye syndrome. Additionally, to maintain their integrity, the contact lenses may absorb the tears, which can cause the eye to lose the moisture needed to remain properly lubricated. 

Relief from Dry Eye with Contacts

Several methods can help provide relief for dry eyes with contacts. Some of the following can give you relief from dry eye symptoms: 

  • Eye drops - Over-the-counter or prescription eye drops can relieve dry eye discomfort and help refresh your eyes. 
  • Daily disposable contact lenses - Also called dailies, are worn for a single day and tossed at the end of the day. Ultimately, wearing a fresh pair of contacts daily may help reduce the protein deposits that may build up on the eye’s surface, causing dry eye. 
  • Silicone hydrogel contact lenses - These lenses are incredibly breathable, allowing them to be worn for extended periods while helping reduce dryness. 
  • Vitamins - Some over-the-counter vitamins can help provide nutrients to the eyes, improving eye health, reducing dry eye symptoms, and increasing contact lens comfort. 

Get Eye Care for Dry Eye from Our Ophthalmologist

If you have been suffering from dry eye syndrome and wear contact lenses, it is recommended to schedule an eye care appointment with an optometrist or an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment. Our optometrist at New Century Ophthalmology in (919) 693-6661 Oxford and (919) 861-4494 Raleigh, NC, can help with your dry eyes. Call us for an appointment.

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