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According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), over 45 million Americans wear contact lenses, and about 49 million have dry eyes. These numbers are certainly alarming, if not downright dreadful. If you fit into both categories and wonder If you fit into both categories and wonder, can you wear contacts if you have dry eyes?, you've landed at just the right place.
Let's break the ice for you. Dry eyes and contact lenses do not go well together. Wearing contact lenses with dry eye disease can be uncomfortable because your eyes don't make tears to keep contacts lubricated.
So, do people with dry eyes always wear eyeglasses? We are sure this is exactly what you are thinking, and that's where we come in. It is possible to wear contact lenses comfortably if you have dry eyes, but you need to understand the problem first.
Dry Eye Disease significantly impacts the comfort of wearing contact lenses, while wearing contact lenses can be counterproductive to dry eyes. Here’s why:
So, can you still wear contacts if you have dry eyes, or should you stop wearing contacts with dry eyes?
Only a qualified eye doctor can accurately answer these questions after diagnosing your dry eye symptoms and investigating how effectively you are managing them. But rest assured that with the right care and handling, you can wear contact lenses with dry eyes without discomfort. Let’s find out how.
Starting Your Dry Eye Treatment is the First Step Towards Wearing Contacts Comfortably.
With more and more patients having their dry eye conditions misdiagnosed by their clinicians, it is crucial that you get a correct diagnosis of your condition and understand whether wearing contact lenses is suitable for you.
Many clinicians are not aware of the real reason behind dry eyes; hence, the diagnosis is often inaccurate. At the Centers for Dry Eye, we have done extensive research on dry eyes and understand the disease and its nuances. Our founder, Dr. James Rynerson, is known globally for his biofilm theory identifying the root cause of dry eyes. We have cured 1000+ patients of dry eyes. We want all our patients to be rid of the discomfort that accompanies dry eyes permanently, and our treatment plans are tailored to do just that.
Once your dry eyes have been treated, you can start wearing contacts comfortably. However, it's important to choose the right type of contact lenses for your eyes and to follow proper hygiene and cleaning procedures to prevent any potential infections or complications in the future.
At this stage, you have started the treatment and are experiencing a change in your condition. Your eyes have reduced redness and itchiness, and the discomfort has started waning. Can you start wearing contact lenses now? Yes, but you have to be careful and take precautionary measures in order to avoid aggravating your symptoms. Take the following steps to be safe:
Use artificial tears or other lubricating eye drops before wearing contact lenses and occasionally while wearing lenses to help keep your eyes moisturized and to reduce symptoms of dry eyes.
Select the best contact lenses for dry eyes. Disposable or silicone hydrogel lenses made of soft, flexible material or Rigid-Gas Permeable lenses can help reduce symptoms of dry eyes by retaining moisture and allowing for more oxygen to reach the eyes.
You can wear contacts if you have chronic dry eyes, but choose a lens solution with hydrating properties and a lack of preservatives. If not, your contacts can dry out fast.
If your dry eye symptoms are severe, limiting the time you wear your contact lenses can help reduce symptoms and prevent complications.
Cleaning and disinfecting your contact lenses properly, as well as following recommended replacement schedules, can help reduce the risk of eye infections and other complications associated with dry eye and contact lens wear.
At the Centers for Dry Eye, we give you a comprehensive evaluation of your condition. Based on your symptoms, our doctors will start your treatment immediately and recommend the most suitable contact lenses and eye drops to help you find relief after treatment.
We don’t just give you a plan to manage your dry eye; we help you get rid of the disease completely. Visit our website or call us at (615) 637-9393 to schedule an appointment.
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