if you have dry eyes, can you wear contact lenses?

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  1. profile image52
    marlee1posted 10 years ago

    if you have dry eyes, can you wear contact lenses?

  2. Jeff Berndt profile image88
    Jeff Berndtposted 10 years ago

    It's easier to keep your contacts in if you're not actively weeping. smile

    But seriously, if your eyes are chronically dry, you will probably find contacts to be more uncomfortable than they're worth. Ask your optometrist for the science-y reasons.

  3. Blazing Blogs profile image59
    Blazing Blogsposted 10 years ago

    Its in interesting question. Dry eyes condition is commonly misunderstood. One may think it means your eyes are dry, Infact dry eyes actually means your eyes are producing excess tears. Unfortnately these tears are mainly water and do not contain the essential oils for lubrication. thus leading to dry eyes

    To answer your question contact lenses can be very unfomfortible with dry eyes as a layer of tears always forms below the contact lense. If this layer dries up you will get a very gritty feeling in your eyes. The good news however is that many opticians can supply contact lenses with a low water content some as low as 30% ( as the general rules is that the lower the water content the longer the contact lense willhold on to moisture) This will help with dry eyes. I would suggest that you try Acuvue Oasis or even Proclear Compatibles

  4. angela_michelle profile image100
    angela_michelleposted 10 years ago

    I cannot wear contacts because my eyes are too dry. Every so often I will wear a pair when I go to a wedding or something like that, but then I end up with an eye infection.

  5. Akanksha Lal profile image61
    Akanksha Lalposted 10 years ago

    Yes, if your eyes are dry, wearing contacts might hurt you. My eyes are not dry in general, but do become dry on some days.

    But maybe using a contact lens with greater water content along with re-wetting eye drops can help. I use monthly disposable lenses and find them better than the permanent ones(yearly)

    A doctor is the best person to answer this, but maybe you can try with good brand eye drops.
    Do not continue if your eyes become red or if your eye itches after applying the lens.If you don't have any irritation, i think you can safely wear lenses.

  6. eyewearspy profile image58
    eyewearspyposted 10 years ago

    We all know that, having a Dry eye is a very common illness  of the tear film that is due to a deficiency of tear volume or excessive tear evaporation. This can causes damage to the surface of our eye leading to discomfort and irritation. For the best you can do is consult on an eye specialist for safety of your eyes, if you want to wear contact lenses.

  7. cadybrons profile image60
    cadybronsposted 7 years ago

    Yes you can. But its important to first treat the dry eyes to prepare it to accept the contact lens. Secondly, there really are a lot of good contact lenses available today that are specifically meant for dry eyes. You can check out the contact lenses at http://www.killeeneyecarecenter.com/.

  8. profile image53
    GraysonValadezposted 6 years ago

    Well several studies shows that more than 20 percent of Americans have chronically dry eyes. That’s the main reason why lots of people suggest they cannot wear contact lenses. But fortunately there are good contact lenses available to fit people who have dry eyes. Such lenses are usually known as soft contacts whose fine example is shown by contactlensheaven.com. They contain water, retain moisture better and do not depict as much water away from the eye that makes them comfortable to wear in dry eyes.


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