If you suffer from dry eyes, you know how uncomfortable and irritating it can be. You may have tried various eye drops or artificial tears, but nothing seems to help. If you wear contact lenses and suffer from dry eyes, it may be time to see what other options are available. Luckily we offer several contact lenses at River City Vision Center in Jacksonville, FL, designed specifically for people with dry eyes. You can schedule a consultation with our optometrist to identify which type would be best for you.
What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCS, is a condition that causes symptoms such as red or watery eyes and irritation. This happens when the eyes do not produce enough tears or tears don't produce the right consistency to lubricate and protect the eyes.
Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome
Symptoms of dry eyes can be mild or severe. Some common symptoms include:
- Red, irritated and itchy eyes
- Eyes that feel gritty or scratchy
- A burning sensation in the eyes
- Soreness of the eyes
- Frequent need to blink
- Normal vision is blurred after staring at a computer screen or reading for a long time
- Dry eyes may be accompanied by blepharitis
Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes
Contact lenses that provide moisture can help treat dry eyes. You can talk to your eye doctor about the following options:
1. Soft Contact Lenses
Soft contact lenses with a high water content can be helpful for dry eyes. They retain moisture, which helps to keep the eyes lubricated. These lenses are permeable, which means they allow oxygen through the eye.
2. Hybrid Contact Lenses
Hybrid contacts provide the benefits of both soft lenses and gas permeable contacts. Like soft contacts, they have a high water content for retaining moisture. They also have a thin gas permeable center for providing oxygen to the eye. This gives your eyes a breathable outer covering and moisture on the inside.
3. Gas Permeable Lenses
These contact lenses are like the ones that most people use for dry eyes. They provide oxygen to your eyes, but they do not have high water content. They may not be ideal for you if you have severe dry eye syndrome.
4. Scleral Lenses
Scleral lenses are generally larger than soft or gas permeable contacts. They cover the entire corneal surface, keeping the delicate tissue moist and healthy. In some cases, scleral lenses may be recommended as a treatment for moderate to advanced dry eyes or those caused by RGP contact lenses.
Visit Us for Contact Lenses for Your Dry Eyes
Contact lenses are a great option to provide your eyes with the proper lubrication moisture. Contact us at (904) 696-2027 to schedule an appointment at River City Vision Center in Jacksonville, FL, to find out which contact lenses are right for you.