If you suffer from dry eyes, you know how uncomfortable and irritating it can be. You may have tried various eye drops or artificial tears, but nothing seems to help. If you wear contact lenses and suffer from dry eyes, it may be time to see what other options are available. Luckily at Lens n Specs in Schaumburg, we offer several contact lenses designed specifically for people with dry eyes. You can schedule a consultation with our optometrist to identify which type would be best for you.
Types of Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes
There are a few different types and brands of contact lenses that can help people who suffer from dry eyes. They include:
These lenses are made from a material that is 90% water. It contains no proteins, which means there's no risk of protein buildup.
Air Optix Aqua Lenses
These lenses are made out of a unique material called HEMA. This stands for hydroxyethyl methacrylate, which allows the wearer to experience continuous, stable wear during the day without experiencing any eye irritation.
Acuvue Oasys Lenses
This is a newer contact lens containing a special formula that deposits lipids in the eyes when worn. It helps keep the eyes moisturized and comfortable during the day and is especially helpful for people who spend a significant amount of time on computers or other digital devices.
This type of contact lens is made from a material that contains no proteins, which means the risk for protein buildup is minimal. Biofinity lenses are also manufactured to be hypoallergenic, which helps accommodate people with sensitive skin and prevent eye irritation.
Factors to Look for in Contacts for Dry Eyes
When looking for contact lenses to use when suffering from dry eyes, you should keep a couple of factors in mind.
Oxygen permeability is the measurement of how much oxygen will pass through a particular lens material. The higher the number, the more oxygen can pass through the lens to your eyes. If you have severely dry eyes, it would be best to look for lenses with a high oxygen permeability. This will ensure that your eyes get the oxygen they need.
Water content is another factor to consider when looking for contact lenses for dry eyes. Some contact lenses are more water-heavy than others, and some materials will not retain as much moisture as well as others. This goes back to oxygen permeability. The more water a lens has, the less oxygen it will have.
The right fit is critical for overall comfort as well as good vision. Ask our eye doctor about what contact lenses best fit your needs.
Visit Us to Find the Right Pair of Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes
If you suffer from dry eye syndrome and still want to wear contact lenses, it is important to find the appropriate fit for your condition. Contact us at Lens n Specs in Schaumburg by calling us at (847) 884-7150 to learn more about how we can help.