Do contact lenses make your eyes feel dry and irritated? Have you been told that you’re not a good candidate for contacts because you have dry eye syndrome? It’s true that standard contact lenses can cause or worsen this uncomfortable, unhealthy condition but you’re not limited to standard contacts here at Omni Eye Care Center in Plano. Our optometrist, Dr. Taroyan can provide a number of specialized options for comfortable contact lens wear.
How Contacts Cause Problems for Dry Eyes
Dry eye is a common condition, especially for older individuals and people who take certain medications, suffer from auto-immune conditions, previously had eye surgery, or live and work in windy environments. The tear glands may not produce enough tears, or the tears that are produced may lack the top layer of oil necessary to keep the water from evaporating. Either way, the symptoms may include red, itchy, irritated eyes and blurred vision.
For eyes that already struggle to stay hydrated, contact lenses can make the situation even worse. Many standard contact lenses can cause the eyes to dry out more quickly, limit the amount of oxygen the irritated eye receive or feel uncomfortable on top of a too-thin tear film. But contact lens technology has advanced to the point that we can now offer a variety of specialized designs and materials that are well suited for dry eye sufferers.
Comfortable Contact Lens Options From Our Plano Optometrist
Our Plano optometrist will be happy to help you find an ideally comfortable pair of contact lenses to accommodate your dry eyes. A contact lens exam and tear film evaluation can help us steer you toward the right products for your needs. Options include:
- Soft contacts – Generally speaking, soft contacts are a good choice for dry eye sufferers because of the extra comfort they naturally provide, as well as their ability to retain water and send oxygen to the eyes.
- Silicone hydrogel contacts – These higher-end contacts are made of materials that are especially good at retaining moisture and allowing for the passage of oxygen.
- Scleral contacts – Scleral contact don’t sit directly on the cornea. This design provides a reservoir that can keep the eye hydrated
- Ortho-K lenses – If wearing contacts all day is just too irritating, Ortho-K lenses can correct your vision overnight so you don’t need to wear daytime lenses at all.
Contact Our Omni Eye Care Center in Plano, TX Today!
Don’t let dry eyes dry up your chance to wear contact lenses — call Omni Eye Care Center at (972) 985-7888 today. We have your specialized contacts!