Dry Eye Treatment in Raleigh & Goldsboro
Many people rave about the comfort and convenience of contact lenses. Yet if you have dry eyes, you may have a totally different experience with contacts. Some people with dry eye and contact lenses find that they have a number of painful symptoms and annoying sensations. Nowadays, it is estimated that about five million Americans suffer from dry eye syndrome, which means that you are not suffering alone.
Fortunately, a wide selection of specialized contact lenses for dry eye are now available to fit you and these millions of other people! Our eye doctors in Raleigh and Goldsboro will assess your dry eye to recommend the best types of contact lenses to keep your vision clear, comfortable, and healthy.
Basics of Dry Eye and Contacts
Dry eye syndrome (DES) happens when either you do not have enough tears or the composition of your tears is weak. As a result, the amount of lubrication moisture on your eyes isn’t sufficient. This lack of moisture is what leads to problems with wearing contact lenses. The typical symptoms include redness, burning or stinging, blurred vision, sandy feeling in your eyes, swelling, and itchiness.
If you’re wondering why dry eye occurs, it can be due to a variety of reasons. One common cause is normal aging, and other culprits include side effects to specific medications, effects from a dry or windy environment, and certain medical conditions. Contrary to what many people think, contact lenses do not usually cause dry eye syndrome. However, they can exacerbate the symptoms.
Contact lenses coat your eye surface, which reduces the quantity of oxygen that gets through. This can interfere with your eye’s ability to heal when irritated. This makes a difference because a person with dry eye commonly has more sensitive corneas. Contact lenses therefore raise the risk of corneal irritation, as well as get in the way of efficient healing.
At Fox Eye Care in Raleigh and Goldsboro, our eye doctor will perform a detailed eye exam to pinpoint the exact cause of your dry eye. We will use this information to prescribe the most suitable contact lenses for your personal condition.
We Fit Specialty Contact Lenses for Dry Eye
Soft Contact Lenses
Soft contacts are generally made from hydrogel, which is flexible and breathable. Several versions of soft lenses are on the market, such as disposable dailies, standard daily wear, and extended wear lenses. Dailies can give you a very comfortable wearing experience with dry eye, primarily because they are thrown away before any irritating deposits collect on the lens surface. As far as all the other versions of soft lenses, each respective type features a different composition that facilitates high moisture retention to help you with dry eye. We stock an extensive selection of premium contact lenses for dry eye in our Raleigh and Goldsboro optical stores.
Scleral Contact Lenses
Scleral lenses are rigid gas permeable lenses that have a much wider diameter than conventional lenses. They bridge over your cornea, resting only on the whites of your eyes (the sclera). Because of the way they fit, they create a gap between your eye and the lens that fills with tears. This moist pocket can resolve eye irritation for people who have dry eyes.
Visit Our Goldsboro and Raleigh Eye Contact Lenses Center for Dry Eye Treatment
Don’t despair! Even if you suffer from dry eye irritation, it doesn’t mean you need to give up on wearing contacts. We can offer you a number of contact lens options that are appropriate for dry eye syndrome. Contact our offices to book a contact lenses eye exam today.