Contact Lenses and Dry Eyes

Many people that benefit from contact lenses also suffer from dry eyes when using them. In order to minimize this symptom, it is important to always follow the eye doctor's instructions regarding length of wear and cleaning. Persistent dry eyes can be countered with eye drops and other remedies. It is important for contact lens wearers that suffer from dry eyes to not sleep in their lenses even if they are extended wear lenses. It is also advisable to give the eyes a break from lenses and wear glasses for some days in-between the use of contact lenses. Dry eyes can be a symptom of a more serious problem and it is always a good idea to discuss the situation with one's eye doctor if the irritation persists. There are some people for whom contact lenses are not the best option due to symptoms such as dry eyes.

 

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  1. Is it better for people who suffer from dry eyes to wear glasses?
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    Some people will prefer to only wear glasses due to their dry eyes and itchiness as they do not want to cause any further damage or discomfort. Even those that opt to wear lenses often use glasses for several days of the week or when the dry eyes are especially uncomfortable.

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  2. Are allergy symptoms worsened by the use of contacts?
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    Some symptoms, such as dry and itchy eyes are definitely affected by wearing contact lenses. It is vitally important that all instructions be followed and that the lenses are never worn overnight or for long periods of time.

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  3. Can prescription medicines for dry eyes be used with contact lenses?
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    Doctors typically recommend soft lenses for their patients that suffer from dry eyes. It is possible to use prescription medicines formulated for dry eyes while also using contact lenses. Every situation differs and it is always best practice to check with one's eye care professional.

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  4. Are contact lenses carriers of bacteria?
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    Yes, contact lenses, due to the frequent handling that they receive are often carriers of bacteria. This is why it is of great importance to handle lenses very carefully and wash them thoroughly. Single-use contacts are a great option for those that suffer from bacterial infections caused by handling the lenses.

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  5. Are there any non-medicinal remedies to relieve the pain and discomfort of dry eyes?
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    A warm, wet washcloth placed loosely over the eyes can provide temporary relief. Utilizing air purifiers can also help the situation. Ensure that contact lenses are cleaned thoroughly and properly if this is proving difficult, one-use contacts may provide an alternative. 

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  6. What are the hazards of wearing contact lenses when dry eyes are already a problem?
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    It is never a good situation to rub and itch one's eyes, especially when wearing contact lenses. It is possible for the lens to scratch or otherwise damage the surface of the eye if they are rubbed repeatedly.

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  7. If a person already suffers from dry eyes will contact lenses make the situation worse?
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    Dry eyes can be exacerbated by contact lens use but that is not always the case. The use of artificial tears can offer temporary relief from this disorder. Artificial tears and other eye drops are safe to use with contact lenses.

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  8. What causes dry eyes?
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    There are many factors that contribute to dry eyes, including allergies, colds, dust, and pollen. As well as lenses that are not cleaned properly or are worn for too long of a period of time. 

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