Dry Eyes with Contact Lenses

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Most contact lens fitters agree that a primary reason for a patient discontinuing contact lens wear is discomfort due to ‘dryness’.  Whether the cause is due to evaporative or aqueous deficient dry eye is irrelevant to the patient.  If a lens is uncomfortable,wearing will cease.

Addressing the underlying reasons for dryness while wearing lenses is of paramount importance to creating successful contact lens wear.  However, there are some contact lens options that may improve a patient’s wearing experience.

For patients with dryness symptoms, changing modality, material or care regimen may provide enough of a benefit to allow the patient to gain an increase in the number of hours of comfortable wear.  If a patient exhibits minimal dryness, contact lens specific rewetting drops may provide some relief and extend wearing time.  Of most value is fitting the patient with a lens that has minimal dehydration such as Proclear.  Proclear lenses are made with the only material cleared by the U.S. FDA for the claim. These lenses may provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms related to dryness during lens wear associated with Evaporative Tear Deficiency or Aqueous Tear Deficiency (non-Sjogren’s only) and are a good option for patients experiencing dryness while wearing lenses.

April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, April 7, 2011
Research shows that more women than men tend to experience moderate to severe symptoms of dry eye1 (see below for a full list of dry eye symptoms). In honor of Women's Eye Health and Safety Month, Prevent Blindness America recently released a dry eye warning, citing helpful tips to avoid irritation from dry eye, including reminders to blink frequently while using a computer and avoid hair dryers and cigarette smoke. To see even more helpful tips, visit the Prevent Blindness America website.

What is dry eye?
Dry eye is a condition in which one’s eyes do not produce enough tears, or produce tears which do not have the proper chemical composition. Often, dry eye is part of the natural aging process. It can also be caused by blinking or eyelid problems, medications like antihistamines, oral contraceptives and antidepressants, a dry climate, wind and dust, general health problems like arthritis or Sjogren's syndrome, and chemical or thermal burns to your eyes.

Symptoms may include irritated, scratchy, dry, uncomfortable, or red eyes; a burning sensation or feeling of something foreign in your eyes; and blurred vision. Excessive dry eyes may damage eye tissue, scar your cornea (the front covering of your eyes) and impair vision, and make wearing contact lenses difficult2.

If you think you may be experiencing dry eye symptoms, contact your eye care practitioner today. Click here to find an eye care practitioner near you.

1Reference: National Women's Health Resource Center
2Reference: AOA

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