Dry eye syndrome is a condition affecting 5 million Americans. If you have dry eye, contacts can become extremely uncomfortable. However, you do not have to resign yourself to glasses for the rest of your life. If you live in Boston, Medford, or Natick area we can help diagnose and treat dry eye syndrome and fit your contacts at Lickteig Family Eye Care.
Diagnosing Dry Eye
If you have dry eye, you may experience pain, burning, or a gritty feeling in your eye. If you wear contact lenses, the symptoms may get worse when you are wearing your contacts. You may experience blurry vision or eye fatigue as well. If you frequently experience the symptoms of dry eye, speak with your optometrist. They can perform a dry eye assessment and recommend the proper treatment.
Dry eye occurs when your eye doesn't produce enough tears, or the quality of tears is too low. When your eye is functioning properly, the tears create a film that keeps your eyes moist. When they are not producing enough tears, adding contacts can make the situation worse. However, choosing the right type of contacts can make a big difference.
Disposable contact lenses are more comfortable for dry eye sufferers. Many people choose daily disposable soft contact lenses. Monthly disposable lenses are an option as well, but you might find that you need to change them more frequently than the manufacturer states. Silicone hydrogel lenses are often recommended for patients with dry eye. Besides a high moisture content, the lens should be breathable. Oxygen will help maintain the proper moisture balance.
Lifestyle changes can also be helpful if you have dry eye. Omega-3 and omega 6 supplements may help increase tear production. Limiting screen time can help manage dry eye symptoms. Take breaks from electronic devices to avoid eyestrain. Wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun is also beneficial. Quitting smoking can be helpful as well. It is important to keep your contacts clean. Removing build-up from contacts can help prevent dry eye, but your cleaning solution may irritate your eyes. Changing your cleaning solution might help reduce your discomfort.
Eye drops can help you manage dry eye. You may find it helpful to apply eye drops before you put your contact lenses in. There are two types of eye drops for dry eye. Those that replace your natural tears, known as artificial tears, and drops that increase your natural tear production. If you have a moderate dry eye or your eyes are sensitive to preservatives, choose preservative-free artificial tears. If your dry eye is severe, you may need prescription eye drops.
Call Lickteig Family Eye Care Today!
If you are struggling with contacts because of dry eye in Boston, Medford, or Natick, contact Lickteig Family Eye Care. Our optometrist will perform an exam and dry eye assessment, then work with you to choose treatments that fit your condition and lifestyle.