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Can I Wear Contact Lenses with Dry Eyes or Pink Eye?

Dry eyes and pink eyes are one of the most common eye diseases affecting our patients today. When tear production is off, it causes dry eyes. This is especially an issue in our dry Arizona desert. Our Flagstaff Eye Doctors see tons of patients complaining of dry eyes and pink eye, aka conjunctivitis, patients a year. Many of them want to know, can I still wear my contact lenses?

The potential issue is that the contact lens tends to "suffocate" the eye. Thus, when your eye is experiencing an infection or eye disease, there is a heightened possibility of getting a scratched cornea. This is especially true if you feel the need to constantly rub your eye, even with the contact lenses out of the eyes.Woman Tired Blue Eyes 1280x480

There are various contact lens brands on the market that are geared towards those whose eyes tend to dry out as they wear contact lenses. We always push daily contact lenses as they offer the ability to wear a fresh pair of lenses on a daily basis. Acuvue Oasys and Alcon Dailies Total 1 are daily lenses that offer the user a lens that are more moist and better for those with dryness issues. Some patients opt for gas permeable lenses that retain more water.

There are various options on the market for contact lenses for those suffering from dry eyes or pink eye. If you fear you have or will scratch your cornea, it is always best to err on the side of caution and call us at 928-216-5800 to check it out. We can also discuss the best contact lens brand available for you.