Dry eye is a common condition in which your eyes don't produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist, or the tears that you do produce are of poor quality and evaporate quickly. The symptoms of dry eye are uncomfortable, and may include a sensation that there is something in your eye, burning or stinging feeling, irritation, excess watering, blurry vision, and red, itchy eyes. If you have the symptoms of this condition, our optometrist at New Vision Optical Boutique in Wilmette can offer a variety of treatment options to reduce them.
Treating Dry Eye
There are a few treatment methods for dry eye. The one that your optometrist chooses would depend on the severity of your condition. This is comprised of:
- Artificial tears
- Medication to help your produce more natural tears
- Punctal plugs to block the tear ducts, keeping the natural tears in the eye longer
Contact Lenses and Dry Eye
While the above treatments are helpful, there are other methods in treating dry eye for people who contacts. Many people find that their traditional soft lenses dry out within the first few hours of putting them in. Fortunately, there are a few contact lenses available that can be worn comfortably if you have dry eye.
- Daily Lenses: These lenses are worn just once and thrown away at the end of the day. Most daily lenses have 60 percent water content, which can keep your eyes moist all day. Also, the water content in the lenses keeps bacteria and debris from building up on the lenses, which can also help with dry eye. Air Optix, Proclear 1 Day, and Biofinity are just a few of the daily lenses available when treating dry eye.
- Scleral Contact Lenses: Scleral contacts differ from all other lenses. Traditional contacts rest directly on the cornea, which can cause the eyes to dry out faster. Scleral contact lenses rest on the white of the eye, also known as the sclera, and vault over the cornea. Because the lens isn't directly on the cornea, they may keep your eyes from drying out.
If you are suffering from dry eye, our optometrist at New Vision Optical Boutique in Wilmette can prescribe contact lenses or provide other treatments that can help you retain the moisture in your eyes throughout the day. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (847) 251-3330.