Dry Eyes and Your Contact Lenses

It’s not uncommon for contact lens wearers to complain about chronic eye dryness. In fact, eye dryness is one of the reasons why many forgo contact lenses altogether and resume wearing their trusty pair of eyeglasses.

Contact lenses continuously draw moisture from the eyes to keep themselves hydrated. This is the rationale behind the need to place lubricating eye drops regularly when wearing contact lenses. However, we also explore other possible reasons that may be causing dry eyes during eye exams here at the Mountain View Medical Center.

 Apart from contact lens use, the following may be causing your dry eye symptoms:

  • Long periods of computer use – Staring at digital screens for long periods can reduce blinking times. Blinking is your body’s way ofdry eyes lubricating your eyes, so the less you blink, the greater the likelihood of experiencing eye dryness.

  • Medications – Eye dryness can be a side effect of certain medications such as antihistamines, antidepressants, birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapies.

  • Dehydration – Medical conditions that lead to dehydration can potentially cause dry eyes. Drinking too much coffee, tea, or alcohol may also lead to dehydration.

  • External environment – Dust, cigarette smoke, and dry winds can exacerbate eye dryness.

  • Eye make-up – Certain chemicals in mascara, eyeliner, and eye shadows have also been shown to play a major role in dry eyes.

Treatment of chronic eye dryness ranges from simple hydration through increasing water intake to artificial tears to punctal plug insertion. Many decide to have LASIK if their symptoms are primarily caused by wearing contact lenses.

If you’d like to learn more about your options in treating dry eye, call (907) 328-2920 or fill out this contact form to set up an appointment with us. Our goal is to help improve your vision and consequently make your life better by providing high-quality eye care services built on compassion and patient comfort.

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