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Dry eyes can make it hard or even impossible to wear standard contact lenses. This is a problem for those who have this condition but don't want to have to wear eyeglasses. Luckily, there are alternatives that can allow you to keep your glasses-free looks without the discomfort associated with average contact lens types. Here are some options you can find here at Mills Eye Care in Mooresville, NC.
There are many brands of these contact lenses, and they use a variety of methods to counter the effects of the lenses on your dry eyes. Bausch + Lomb's Ultra lenses are made from silicone hydrogel, and they feature a technology the company has named MoistureSeal. This helps seal moisture in for up to 16 hours per day.
Dailies Total 1, by Alcon, combat the problem of dryness a different way: Their lenses are made so that the moisture within them is most concentrated on the fronts and backs of the lenses, so your eyelids and eyeballs are in contact with the wettest parts.
CooperVision Proclear lenses are made in a variety of forms. This allows them to handle astigmatism or bifocal prescriptions as well as dry eye. Like Bausch + Lomb's offering, they are made of a high-moisture hydrogel.
These are just some of the many soft, extra-moist options that are available. Your eye doctor may recommend them or another type after your contact lens exam.
These lenses bypass your overly-dry corneas altogether, and that allows your corneas to remain bathed in a tear film even when the lenses are in use. They accomplish this feat by resting on your scleras – the white parts of the eyes – and vaulting over the corneas. As you would expect, these lenses are a bit bigger than most. This can have the added benefit of helping them stay in position.
Ortho-k is a system for providing excellent vision without the need to wear any lenses (or glasses) during your waking hours. With it, you wear special contact lenses to temporarily reshape your corneas while you're asleep, and remove them when you wake up. During the wear time, your eyes are closed, so there is no evaporation to contend with.
To learn the best solution for your dry eyes, and a prescription for lenses that will work for you, schedule a contact lens fitting for dry eyes with our optometrist. Just give us a call here at Mills Eye Care in Mooresville, NC at (704) 664-9121 to get started.