Are Contact Lenses Causing My Dry Eyes?

Dry eye syndrome sufferers would often visit us here at our practice and ask if their constant use of contact lens has to do with it. Frequent use of contacts typically lead to dry eyes because it tends to absorb moisture from the tear films. This is why it’s extremely important to keep your contacts soaked and hydrated overnight.

Dry eye syndrome is not entirely caused by contact lenses though. It should be noted that the excessive tearing is actually your eye’s natural reaction to lack of lubrication. The stinging sensation is a result of overly exposed nerves in the surface of your cornea. Lack of lubrication or irritation may result from the following:

  • the environment around you such as dust, air pollutants, and cigarette smoke
  • use of certain medications which causes dry eye as one of its adverse effects: antidepressants, antihistamines, birth control pills
  • dehydration which could be a result of drinking too much coffee, alcohol, and soda
  • too much time spent in front of computers or similar devices that can reduce blinking frequency

How to Deal with Dry Eye Syndrome
Figuring out the underlying cause is one of the important elements of our dry eye syndrome treatment plan here at the Roholt Vision Institute. Call us at 330-305-2200 or 1-800-481-9545.   We look forward to helping you improve your vision and consequently improve your quality of life!

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