If you suffer from dry eyes, you know how uncomfortable it can be to deal with the itchy, burning sensation that comes along with it. Fortunately, our optometrists at Michigan Eyecare Institute know several things you can do to find relief. We would like to cover some of the common causes of dry eye syndrome and what contact lens options are available to help you find relief.
What Causes Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome can be caused by many different factors. One of the most common is simply “old age”. As we get older, our bodies produce fewer tears. Other common causes include:
- medications (antihistamines, beta-blockers, etc.)
- medical conditions (diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)
- windy or dry weather
- staring at a computer screen for long periods
- wearing contacts
Dry Eye Contact Lenses
Fortunately, there are several contact lens options available to help those suffering from dry eye syndrome. Lens materials and water content play a big role in determining which lenses will be the most comfortable for those with dry eyes.
Lenses made of silicone hydrogel tend to be more breathable and retain moisture better than lenses made of other materials.
Higher Water Content
Additionally, lenses with higher water content tend to be more comfortable for those with dry eyes than lenses with lower water content. Lens size is also a factor worth considering – smaller diameter lenses allow more oxygen to reach the eye, which can help reduce the symptoms of dry eye syndrome.
Larger Lens Size
The average contact lens is 9 mm in diameter, just covering the iris. Scleral lenses, however, are 15-22 mm and cover part of the white sclera. If you're looking for a gas-permeable option that lets oxygen reach your eye's surface, go with a scleral lens.
Specialized Cleaning Solutions for Dry Eye Contact Lenses
Lastly, there are several specialized contact lens solutions available that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin that help lubricate and moisturize the eye.
Contact Michigan Eyecare Institute for Special Dry Eye Contacts
Several things can cause dry eye syndrome, but fortunately, there are just as many ways to find relief including dry eye contact lenses. If you suffer from dry eyes, we welcome you to come in for a consultation so we can help you find the right contact lenses for your needs. If you live in Dearborn, Southfield, or Livonia, please call our team today or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.