Strategies to Prevent Dry Eyes

Eye drops for dry eyesAccording to a study published in the journal of Ophthalmic Epidemiology, approximately 680,000 people between 15 and 64 years wear contact lenses in Australia. It is known that a significant percentage of contact lens wearers suffer from complications associated with dry eyes. This may come as little surprise to anyone who wears contact lenses, which are named as one of the chief culprits causing dry eye.

Contact lenses cover the iris, thus occasionally preventing the proper amount of tears from reaching that area of the eye, and thus, subsequently causing dry eyes. This is characterized by redness, an excess of blinking, and sometimes foggy contacts and blurred vision.

What causes dry eye?

Disposable soft contact lenses are particularly prone to create dry eyes when worn past the recommended time line. Most modern contact lenses are made up of water in great percentage. When the lenses have been worn for an extended period of time, they begin to lose some of the water within the plastic lens. When this happens, the lens will automatically try to absorb water from the tears naturally produced by an individual’s eye. Certain activities can worsen this effect, including exposure to heat, cigarette smoke, and wind.

Preventing dry eye

In order to prevent dry eyes, there are several steps you can take to ensure your contact lenses are as comfortable as possible. 

Although dry eye can be common with contact lenses, you can easily take measures to make contacts completely comfortable to wear.





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