What You Can Do About Dry Eyes While Wearing Contact Lenses

Contact lens wearers are all too familiar with one of those unsightly little lines that appear on the ends of our noses. It’s a fact that we’re always wearing our lenses at some time or another, but some people simply accept it as part of using contact lenses. That’s unfortunate, because those ugly lines could easily be treated and prevented. Here are a few helpful tips that should help you avoid those nasty “C” shaped lines.

 

Change out the solution in your lens case daily

 

The single biggest culprit among contact wearers is dry eyes. Dry eyes plague millions of people, and the condition can be made worse by extended contact with a contact lens that has been worn down. When your contact lens begins to feel waxy or dry, gently squeeze it and gently blow your nose. If the waxy feeling doesn’t go away in a few seconds, try flushing the area with some water or a wet towel. The moisture will remove any excess moisture and provide a few helpful lubricants that should make your contact lens feel a little more comfortable.

Another major cause of dry eyes is allergy-related issues. One of the most common allergic reactions is an itchy rash near the eye. This can be an especially problematic issue if you have an itchy nose as well. Typically, just the nose is allergic, but if it’s the eyes that are affected, try taking a nasal steroid spray or antihistamines before putting the contact lens in. It may also help to use an ice pack to soothe the skin around the eyes before putting your contact lens in.

It’s also important to keep contact lens wearers hydrated. If you become dehydrated, you’ll find it more difficult to stay properly hydrated in high altitudes, which means that contact lens wearers who are used to walking tall will often need to shorten their stride when going higher. While you should never skip a drink, you should aim to sip at least a half glass of water per day. The water will hydrate the eyes, keep them moist and prevent irritation. It will also decrease the risk of swelling near the eye.

 

 Never sleep in your contacts

 

The final consideration for keeping your contact lens wearers hydrated is to try to avoid the sun as much as possible. UV rays from the sun have been shown to play a major role in the development of contact lens eye problems like dryness. So although it may be good to go out in the sun a couple times a week, don’t do it for too long. And when you do put your lenses on, wear sunglasses! Even the sun’s UV rays can lead to painful blisters.

Hopefully, these tips will help give you some insight into what you can do to prevent having dry eyes while wearing contact lenses. Don’t forget that even though these tips will take care of some of the factors that can lead to irritation, they’re by no means foolproof. You’ll still need to check in with your eye doctor to make sure there are no other issues that could be causing your contact lens issue. And while treating your irritation, don’t neglect your overall health. Try to make sure you get plenty of sleep, eat a balanced diet, and enjoy moderate exercise on a regular basis.

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