At Eyecare Professionals, we understand how uncomfortable it can be to wear traditional contact lenses when you have dry eyes. Our optometrists will help you get special lenses that will address your vision needs without causing discomfort. We also offer dry eye treatment. If you are interested in contact lenses but have dry eye syndrome, contact one of our offices in Mandan, Hazen, or Washburn, ND.
The materials used to make soft lenses allow oxygen to pass through them, enabling the eye to breathe. They are also designed to hold water-reducing dryness in the eye.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses
Rigid gas permeable contact lenses don't draw moisture from the eyes. They have a rigid layer that also allows oxygen to pass into the eye, allowing it to breathe.
Scleral lenses are considerably larger than traditional contact lenses. Due to their size, they rest on the sclera and don't touch the cornea. They are designed this way since the cornea is usually overly sensitive for people with dry eye, which causes discomfort when lenses rest on it. These lenses also have a saline solution held between the cornea and the lens, keeping the eye's surface well hydrated. Scleral lenses can be of great help for people suffering from chronic dry eye.
Orthokeratology lenses are designed to be worn overnight. They reshape the corneal shape overnight and address refractive errors such as nearsightedness, eliminating the need to wear lenses during the day. Since you don't wear lenses during the day, your dry eye symptoms are greatly reduced.
Other Dry Eye Treatment Options
Apart from wearing contact lenses, there are other types of dry eyes treatment. These include:
- Using prescription medications such as artificial teardrops and ointments, and topical eye drops
- Temporary or permanent punctal occlusion
- Surgery (permanent closing of the tear ducts that drain tears into the nose)
Get Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes at Eyecare Professionals
At Eyecare Professionals, we aim to help you get a solution for your vision needs and live a normal life. If you have dry eyes, we can help you get the right contact lenses that will not worsen your situation. We will start by conducting a comprehensive eye exam to determine the appropriate lenses. If you live in or around Mandan, Hazen, or Washburn and would like to learn more about contact lenses for dry eyes, call our team today or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.