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Contact Lenses and Dry Eyes

Contact lenses leading to dry eyes

Every contact lens wearer knows the feeling of when their contact lenses start to feel dry. You feel redness and itchiness. You start to squint just to keep your eyes a bit moister. Our Flagstaff doctors say that this is the number one complaint that they receive in relation to contact lenses. Daily contact lenses have become more and more popular in recent years which has helped eleviate some issues realted to dry eyes and contact lenses but we are still seeing daily weaeres complaining of dry eys.

When you are outdoors you will feel the effects of the wind or the weather. When indoors, the eyes become dry from items such as the air conditioning or heat. Smoke, dust, and other particles in the air also dry the eyes out. In addition, the contact lens wraps around the eye and causes it to “breath” less which dries out the tear duct.

What can be dont to keep your contact lenses from going dry?

We reccomened a number of drops that will help lubricate the eye. Certain brands such as Dalies Total 1 are designed to lubricate the eye. These lenses are extremely breathable, with a water gradient technology that approaches 100% water on the outer surface, leaving your eyes moist throughout the day. They are designed with over 80% water content, nearly the same as the surface of your eye.

In general, it is important to remember to let your eyes breath. Do not wear contact lenses longer than needed. Try blinking more frequently to give the eyes a chance to rest and breath.