It is frustrating to experience dry eyes while wearing contact lenses. If you follow these tips on how to avoid dry eyes with lens, the chances of developing dry eyes are largely reduced. However, in case if you start experiencing dry eyes or an already existed Dry Eyes Disease is aggravated, then you should follow the guideline below.
What can I do to relieve my dry eyes?
- Eye drop / artificial tears: use them liberally, most eye drops are available without needing prescription. They are an effective treatment for most mild dry eyes symptom as they help to lubricate your eyes.
- Immune modulators: Cyclosporine eye drops or low potency steroid eye drops can help to stimulate tear secretion to combat moderate dry eyes symptom. However, you should consult your eye doctors for these options.
When should I contact an eye doctor for dry eyes?
Long term contact lenses wearing with chronic dry eyes disease can lead to permanent corneal damage and subsequently blindness. It is very important to know when to consult your eye doctor with persistent eye discomfort and irritation if you are wearing contact lenses.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should remove your lens and consult the eye doctor urgently:
- blurry vision
- eye redness
- abnormal discharge from the eyes
- excessive watering from the eyes