Nearly everyone experiences times when their eyes feel dry at least once in a while. Often those who find themselves with itchy eyes just once in a while will submit to their occasional dry eye day, grab some artificial tears from their local drug store, and wear their glasses for the day rather than their contact lenses. That's fine here and there, but what happens when dry eyes are the rule rather than the exception? Turns out there are contact lenses that actually help the situation, rather than hurt it. At Marshall EyeCare Physicians, we'll work to get to the bottom of why you are experiencing chronic dry eye and help you find the right solution to manage it.
What is Dry Eye?
Having chronic dry eye isn't just about your eyes feeling dry. It's about your tears. Dry eye is a condition that stems from your eyes' ability to make quality tears. Sometimes they eyes make very small amounts of tears, and sometimes the tears are there but are poor quality. There are several potential causes of dry eye. These include:
Decreased Tear Production
Decreased tear production is something that may happen for many reasons such as
- Medications such as antihistamines, blood pressure medications, and antidepressants
- A side effect from laser eye surgery
- Medical conditions including diabetes, thyroid issues, lupus, and vitamin A deficiencies
- Being over 50
- Being a woman, especially during hormonal changes such as pregnancy or menopause
- Lack of vitamin A or Omega-3 fatty acids
- Wearing traditional contacts
Increased Tear Evaporation
- Not blinking enough when reading, driving, or using the computer
- Eyelid issues
- Dry air, wind, or smoke
It's Not All about Eyes Feeling Dry
There is more to dry eye syndrome than the sensation that your eyes are dry. Common symptoms include:
- Watery eyes
- Blurred vision, eye fatigue
- Stinging or scratching sensation in the eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Eye redness
- Stringy mucus in the eyes
How to Make Contacts Work
If you want to wear contacts with dry eye syndrome, there is a number of ways that this is feasible. Options include
- Soft contacts made from silicone hydrogel are made to retain more moisture than regular contacts
- Some types of daily wear, single-use contacts
- Scleral Contacts - A larger diameter contact lens that guards against the drying
- Ortho-K contacts - contacts that reshape corneas while you sleep so that you can retain good vision while you are awake, without contacts.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you wear contact lenses or want to, the first step is to come into Marshall EyeCare Physicians for a contact lens exam. During the exam, we will be able to identify various options that may be available to you. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us at Marshall EyeCare Physicians in Holmdel, NJ at 732-837-3332.