Dry eyes can be very uncomfortable and drastically impact a person's quality of life. Unfortunately, contact lens wearers are often at a higher risk of developing dry eye syndrome, especially from extended lens wear. Thankfully, there are contact lens options for people with dry eyes that help provide clear vision and reduce the symptoms.
The eye doctors at Today's Vision in Cypress, TX, provide high-quality eye care for patients suffering from dry eye syndrome.
What Causes Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is caused by many factors, including allergies, wearing contacts too long, allergies, and some health conditions. Other common causes of dry eyes may include an aqueous tear deficiency, diabetes, delayed tear clearance, an inflation of the eyelids, lupus, and lagophthalmos (inability to close the eyes, especially when sleeping). Seeing an eye doctor can help determine the root cause of the symptoms and help provide treatment recommendations.
Contact Lens Options for Dry Eyes?
Contact lenses help treat dry eye syndrome and help keep the eyes hydrated throughout the day. If you wear contact lenses and experience dry eye symptoms, speak with your optometrist to determine the best contact lenses for your vision needs.
Soft contact lenses are the most common lenses recommended for dry eyes and are the most comfortable to wear. The silicone hydrogel used in most soft contact lenses helps reduce redness, swelling of the cornea, dryness, and corneal infections. Additionally, daily disposables eliminate exposure to contaminants and build-up, such as oils and makeup, that can settle on the lenses. By putting in new contact lenses daily, there is no build-up of these items from the previous day.
Scleral lenses are hard contact lenses that are recommended for severe dry eyes. These lenses do not touch the cornea and help avoid the risk of irritation and nerve desensitization. The scleral lenses rest on the scleral, allowing them to sit over the cornea without touching it.
Seeing an Optometrist for Dry Eyes
An optometrist can help diagnose the root cause of dry eye symptoms and help create a treatment plan. In addition, the eye doctor can help with overall eye care and recommend a contact lens best for your vision needs and dry eye treatment.
Schedule an Eye Exam at Today's Vision
If you are suffering from dry eye symptoms, call to see an eye doctor at Today's Vision. We are dedicated to helping patients in Barker and Cypress, TX, with their eye care and dry eye treatment needs. Call our office today at 281-7583083 to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors.