Dry eyes and contact lenses

12th May 2015

Often around the age of 40 many of us start to lose our eyesight and when that happens you have 2 options – to wear glasses, or to wear contact lenses. It’s up to you which you choose, both contact lenses and glasses have their own advantages and disadvantages. Unfortunately for those who already suffer from dry eyes (this means the tear ducts don’t dampen the eye as much as they should) wearing glasses wont’ aggravate the problem, but, if they choose to wear contact lenses mixed with dry eyes – it can make their lives quite uncomfortable.

Lenses Online sell a range of dry eye solutions that can help. Those who have dry eyes and wear contacts will find discomfort which will lead to them rubbing their eyes and this can make the problem worse. There may be a medical reason for a person having dry eyes, but often too age can be a factor, many people – including TV and movie stars don’t like to be photographed while wearing glasses, so those even with dry eyes prefer to wear contacts for this reason.

Another reason for dry eyes – besides age or illness is caused by environmental conditions, with pollution affecting everyone. Strangely enough evaporation is another reason for dry eyes, while you would assume the moisture trapped between the eye and contact lens couldn’t evaporate it does. A lot of today’s contact lenses are composed of 50% water to help make them more comfortable (and flexible). A hot environment will actually evaporate the water from the lens, which tries to replace lost moisture from your eye – effectively sucking the water right out of your eye. It is for this reason you should soak your contact in a lens solution over night – while the main job of the solution is to sterilise the lens, it also replenishes the moisture allowing it to *fill up* again.

Lenses Online sell both contact lens cleaning solutions and dry eye solutions for your eyes. Systane Eye Drops provide lasting comfort and relief while Boston Rewetting Drops are made for those who wear rigid gas permeable contact lenses.