How to Prevent Dry Eyes When Wearing Contact Lenses

How to Prevent Dry Eyes When Wearing Contact Lenses

Anyone who has had to deal with dryness in the eyes knows the strains. This problem can put on daily life. Your eyelids are in burning pain, your eyes feel like they are on fire, and often they are overly sensitive to light. Interestingly enough, when your eyes are watery, it means they can be dry as well.

Naturally, there can be many causes and risk factors related to dry eyes. However, contact lenses can cause or intensify the symptoms if they are not suitable for your eyes.

What is a dry eye and what are the factors?

Commonly known as dry eye syndrome or the more technical name “keratoconjunctivitis” can encompass one or more symptoms related to the overall surface of your eye. Just some of the factors and causes for it can include hormonal imbalance, pregnancy, diabetes, pollution, dusty environments, side effects of prescribed medicine, and so on.

Lenses and dry eyes

Contact lenses are inserted on the tear film on-top the cornea and the iris. Given the fragile nature of our eyes, if your lenses are not prescribed correctly in accordance with sight sharpness and eye shape, or if during the production of the lenses there are sharp edges in the material, the tear film may be damaged and the lenses may significantly irritate the surface of the eyes. Moreover, contact lenses with higher than usual water content disrupt the liquid of the tear film. Sometimes, due to external factors such as strong windy environments or heat, the lenses may lose water. What happens is, for the lenses to maintain their shape, they end up pulling liquids from the tear film itself, which is damaging to the eye.

Therefore, when selecting lenses for you, it is advised to pay attention to appropriate materials: Hydrogel lenses are characterized by a considerably higher water content that that evaporates faster. The result is dry eyes at a faster rate. Avoid using drops of preservatives, because they can cause eye irritation even more.

A specialist should prescribe an ointment to be applied over, or under the eyelid before sleeping every night.

In some other cases, surgical intervention may be required to prevent significant damage, allowing more tears to be stored on the surface of the eye.

If you chronically have to deal with red and dry eyes, It is not generally recommended to wear eye contact lenses for extended periods of time. In order to manage and avoid eye strain, it would be best to use glasses when using the computer, staring at a phone screen, or any type of staring at a screen for an extended period of time. Just as little as one or two days without your eyes under strain can help with the symptoms. In case you are sick with a cold or a virus, you should avoid wearing contact lenses to help prevent the spreading of bacteria in your eyes.

Special care should be applied when cleaning your glasses. The best way to do that is to research the best solutions, suitable for lenses specifically, and to rinse them carefully.

Every so often, it is advisable you replace or sterilize your lenses’ container to avoid nasty bacterial infections. Even so, the solutions presented may be useful to manage the already existing symptoms of dry eyes, rather than outright prevent them entirely. If you understand and avoid the causing factors,

One solution to this problem is wearing special eye contact lenses to protect your eyes. One day contact lenses is a solution which is affordable.

One day contact lenses are designed for people who want a healthy, easy way to wear contact lenses, hassle-free. The concept is simple, you put them on in the morning, in the evening you are done with them and throw them away. You do not need a container or a solution for them, and you do not need to worry about their long term maintenance. Perhaps one of the safest ways to correct eye problems, one-day lenses are, for example, a safe way to prevent the accumulation and spread of bacteria that can cause infection, burning and other problems. Advantages for daily-use lenses

Let’s say you have switched to glasses, and you do not want to hassle with the maintenance and risks that come involved with wearing lenses long-term. Enter, daily lenses. They are perfect for a number of activities which require you to be flexible.

For travel, camping, hiking, and outdoor activities, and for sports activities where glasses are not appropriate. For being on the move, the comfort lies in that you do not need to worry about having space and appropriate environment for your lenses’ solution and containers.

As a general principle, it is believed that the hard-type lens options are better for managing and preventing red-eye problems and dry eyes, rather than the soft lenses due to their water content being lower, thus not depleting the eyes of hydration.

As a general rule, you should always maintain and be on the lookout for the sources of air in your home or work spaces, and ventilate properly. Ventilating consistently as well as changing and maintaining your air conditioner’s filter is crucial for preventing and treating eye problems, plus a myriad of other health problems. Drinking enough water can prevent you from becoming dehydrated, do not forget that your body and all of its crucial functions run on water. Two liters a day is usually enough for your average person, but that can vary depending on body weight, height and so on.

I would recommend a diverse, rich diet with vitamins and essentials. Recent studies have shown that eggs, for example, are a perfect component of a healthy diet, and eggs are proven to improve eye function.

Getting enough sleep and regular exercise, as well as stretching, is also important, don’t forget that muscle strain especially in the neck area can cause eye problems, everything in the body is connected. A good tip about reducing strain when working on a computer is to blink often in intervals and to take frequent breaks(every hour at least).


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