While contact lenses provide more natural vision than eyeglasses, they aren't always recommended for people with dry eyes. Wearing contacts can reduce the amount of air that goes to your cornea, making it difficult for your eyes to breathe. However, there are some types of contacts that are specifically designed for people with dry eyes. At Avery Eye Clinic, we offer a range of contact lenses for dry eyes, including custom-made contact lenses. Visit us at our Conroe eye care office if you would like to learn more.
The Best Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes
Dry eyes are caused by a lack of moisture. Many issues can contribute to dry eyes, including eye allergies, vitamin deficiencies, and health conditions like lupus. While dry eyes can make it hard to wear contacts, there are some types of contacts that are comfortable for people with dry eyes.
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft contact lenses are usually made from a material called silicone hydrogel. This material is designed to increase the oxygen permeability of a contact lens, making it easier for your eyes to breathe. These contacts are often recommended for people with mild to moderate dry eye.
When you wear weekly or biweekly contacts, substances like oil may gradually build up on the lens. This can irritate the eyes and make dry eye symptoms worse. Since disposable lenses are changed out every day, the build-up isn't a concern. Daily disposable soft lenses are a great solution for most people with dry eyes.
People with more severe dry eyes may not be able to wear soft contact lenses. Thankfully, there's another option: scleral lenses. These are hard, custom-made contact lenses that won't touch your cornea. Instead, the lens rests on the sclera, which is the white part of your eye.
Not only does the design of these lenses prevent irritation, but the lens contains fluid, which helps to hydrate the eye. Many people with dry eyes find that scleral lenses significantly relieve their symptoms. Even if you've never been able to wear contacts, scleral lenses may be a good fit for you.
Find Out More About Contacts for Dry Eyes
Dry eyes can make it difficult to wear contacts, but you still have options. When you visit Avery Eye Clinic in Conroe, our optometrists will help you find the right contacts for your dry eyes. Call our team today at (800) 346-6162 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.