Too often, patients experience discomfort with contacts due to dryness and accept the irritation for the sake of wearing contacts. Fortunately, there are several remedies for contact dryness and you do not have to suffer any longer.
Dryness is common for contact wearers and non-contact wearers, alike, but the treatment maybe different depending on the person. The most common misconception is, “if it works for one it will work for all,” which is false. Every person responds to treatments and products differently and the combination of products must be adjusted for you specifically.
The symptoms of dry eye typically include burning, stinging, redness, foreign body sensation, excess tearing, and occasional blurred vision. It is estimated that 10 to 14 million in the United States experience symptoms of dry eye.
Luckily, today there are countless lens care products and new types of lenses available to aid with dryness. With the right combination of these products, patients often can improve the comfort of wearing contacts.
For some, simply complementing your contact lens wear with lubricating eye drops approved for use with contacts may alleviate the issue. Other factors necessary for review include, the contact lens cleaning and disinfecting products used. Different products may work better to keep your contacts moist and comfortable throughout the day.
Some tips to help with dry eye in contact lens wearers include:
•Change contacts as directed. It is important to note that contacts have different lengths of wear and dry eye can be an affect if contacts are used longer than the type of contact allots. For instance, use monthly contacts for one month and switch to a new pair.
•Re-soak lenses during the day. Sometimes people, who have dryness symptoms after a few hours of wearing time, may need to remove and soak lenses for a few minutes. When reinserted, most are able to wear their lenses comfortably for many more hours.
•Keep lenses clean. As protein deposits and other types of particles, buildup on the lenses they add to dryness for the eye. Make sure to clean lenses as directed and change contact lenses containers every 2 months.
•Switching lens material. There are lens for every need, and you may need to consult your eye doctor about brands targeted for your symptoms.
The most important tip to fix the problem begins with a visit to your eye care optometrists so he or she can evaluate the cause of your contact lens-related dry eye. Do not take contact dryness as a necessary pain, because in most cases it can be alleviated with the correct steps.
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