What Type of Contact Lens is Best for Dry Eyes?

Dry eye syndrome is characterized by a lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. It's a common problem, affecting a large portion of the population. Understanding dry eye is the first step in managing it effectively and finding a solution.

Understanding Dry Eye

The causes of dry eye are varied. It can be due to a decrease in tear production, tear evaporation, or an imbalance in the makeup of your tears. Certain medical conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and thyroid problems can also cause dry eye. Additionally, environmental factors such as wind, dry climate, smoke, and prolonged screen time can contribute to this condition. 

Common symptoms include a stinging or burning sensation, redness, sensitivity to light, a feeling of something being in your eye, difficulty wearing contact lenses, and blurred vision. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to consult with an eye care professional for diagnosis and treatment. 

What Are Specialty Contact Lenses?

When it comes to managing dry eye, one solution that has been extremely helpful for me has been using specialty contact lenses. These aren't your average contact lenses.

Specialty contact lenses typically refer to a range of lens designs that aren't commonly found in regular soft or rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses. They are often used to manage complex eye conditions, including dry eye. The three main types of specialty contact lenses are scleral lenses, hybrid lenses, and gas permeable lenses.

Scleral lenses are larger than regular contact lenses and rest on the white part of the eye, known as the sclera. Hybrid lenses combine the best aspects of soft and hard lenses, providing both comfort and sharp vision. Gas permeable lenses, also known as RGP or GP lenses, are rigid but allow oxygen to pass through them. Each type has its benefits, but for the purpose of this article, we'll focus on the advantages of scleral contact lenses for dry eye.

The Advantages of Scleral Contact Lenses for Dry Eye

When it comes to treating dry eye, scleral contact lenses offer several advantages. These lenses have a unique design that can help alleviate the symptoms of dry eye.

First, scleral lenses are larger than conventional contact lenses, which allows them to vault over the cornea and rest on the sclera. This creates a tear-filled reservoir between the lens and the cornea, providing continuous hydration throughout the day. This has been a game-changer for me, significantly reducing my dry eye symptoms.

Another advantage of scleral lenses is their stability. Because they rest on the sclera, they are less likely to dislodge from the eye, making them a great option for those with active lifestyles. Furthermore, scleral lenses are custom-made for each patient, ensuring a comfortable and precise fit.

Navigating Dry Eye Effectively

Dealing with dry eye can be a challenge, but it's not insurmountable. Specialty contact lenses, particularly scleral lenses, have been a game-changer for me and many others suffering from this condition. They offer continuous hydration, stability, and a custom fit, making them a great solution for dry eye.

The best contact lens for dry eyes is one that addresses your specific needs and provides you with comfort and clear vision. Consult with our eye care professionals to determine if scleral lenses are right solution for you. Visit Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates at our office in Manhattan, New York. Please call (212) 355-5145 to schedule an appointment today.