Contact Lenses and Dry Eyes

Dry Eye

Many contact lens wearers use them for the convenience. It can be so nice to wake up, put them in your eyes, and get going! Yet, some wearers complain that the vibrant and comfortable experience they love during the day isn’t all-lasting. If this is you, then we have a couple of tips for you here at Astorino Eye Center.

  1. Talk to us about contact lens care, and lens care products.

Did you know that contact lenses can collect proteins over time? Our tears develop these naturally, but when they deposit on our contact lenses it can affect the wearing experience. For this reason, if you have reusable contact lenses it is especially important to use disinfecting and cleaning solutions as recommended. Only use the solutions which we have recommended. We have vetted the solutions we choose, and they go through vigorous testing before making it into the ophthalmological market.

Unsure of what we recommended you? Give us a call at 949-645-2250 and enquire about what it says in your chart.

If you’re still experiencing some discomfort then talk to us to see if trying a different solution/cleaning product might help. You might even want to try a daily disposable lens, which requires much less care. There is no chance you’ll have discomfort due to a reaction to the solution, as these typically don’t need to be cleaned!

  1. Don’t wear your lenses longer than you should!

Don’t try to save a few bucks by wearing your lenses that extra couple of days! The health impacts and risks are just not worth it. You will be surprised by how many patients we see each week with eye infections due to poor lens compliance. So if your lenses aren’t as comfortable as they should be, consider sticking to the care guidelines your optometrist has given you.

  1. Kill off dryness.

Millions of people suffer with dry eye, and the symptoms can be quite an obstacle to comfortable contact lens wear. We can check you here at Astorino Eye Center for eye dryness, and we have ways to help you feel much better! Ask us about PUNCTAL PLUGS and various eye drops which can be used to wet the surface of your eyes. Self medicating is not a great idea, and we strongly advise you to avoid this. We will help you identify which artificial tears to use while you wear your contact lenses.

  1. Do you have allergies?

Address your allergies. Contact lens discomfort can be brought about by seasonal allergies such as hayfever. Oftentimes you may want to cease wear during these periods due to the discomfort. Typical eye allergy symptoms include watery eyes, itchiness, light sensitivity, red eyes, grittiness and lid swelling. Let us know if you experience any of these; it’s important to tell us since since these allergy symptoms can mimic eye infections!

If we determine that seasonal allergies are the culprit, then we can give you strategies for allergen avoidance, or even prescribe medication. Going back to point 1, if the allergens are accumulating on your contacts then we might want to switch you to daily disposables. Let us help minimize your stress and discomfort, and give us a call if you think this is you! 949-645-2250

Author
David Greening David Greening, ABOC, BS(HONS) Ophth. Dispensing David is our resident optician, and has been in optics since 2002. He attained his Bachelor of Science degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing in Kent, England (2014). He has extensive experience, having managed his own practice for many years prior to arriving at Astorino & Associates Eye Center. He is a licensed American optician (ABOC) and is well-recognized for his quality of service, attention to detail, and patient care.

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