With the current epidemic of dry eyes, it is no surprise that over 50% of contact lens wearers fail within the first year. This is mainly due to contact lens-related discomfort. Popular disposable lenses are made from soft, water-loving (hydrophilic) materials. But these literally soak up your available tears and can aggravate dry eyes.
So, does that mean that dry eye sufferers must avoid contact lenses entirely? Not necessarily. Read on for some practical strategies for comfortable contact lens wear if you have dry eyes.
Treat dry eyes first
This might sound obvious but dry eye treatment is often ignored. Do not just reach for eye drops. All they do is mask the underlying problem and often fail.
Dry eyes in today’s digital world has become an epidemic. Even with all the innovative contact lenses and materials that have been invented in the last 15 years we seem to be fighting a losing battle. The proper treatment of dry eyes just does not come on the practitioner radar.
Finding a solution to this common problem can be complicated. It is best managed by an expert optometrist that regularly fits complex contact lenses and is also a dry eye expert.