What is dry eye?
Dry eyes can be an uncomfortable, even painful, condition to deal with on a daily basis and can be brought on by a number of factors in everyday living.
Long hours at the office staring at a computer without blinking can have adverse effects on your eyes by reducing the rate at which they hydrate themselves. Your eyes rely on the moisture that blinking provides to stay moist and healthy, and will begin to dry out (as will your contact lenses) when your blinking rate is severely reduced, as is so often the case during extensive computer use.
This, in turn, leads to eyes feeling itchy, irritated and sometimes inflamed and painful.
How can I get rid of dry eye?
Fortunately, dry eye syndrome is a short-term condition, however recurrent it may be. You should find that any uncomfortable symptoms will subside once you give your eyes a break from the computer screen and catch up on some sleep.
However, faster and more effective relief can be achieved with the use of eye drops. At FeelGoodContacts.com, we stock a huge range of eye drops for dry eyes, as well as other dry eye treatments that include eye masks and sprays.
Is a higher water content better for dry eyes?
It’s actually a common misconception, even amongst contact lens wearers, that a contact lens with a higher water content will be more comfortable for eyes prone to dryness than a lens with a lower water content.
This is not true, however, as the higher the water content, the more chance the lens has of drawing moisture away from the eye. Having said that, other lens technologies can make up for this, and with most soft contacts ranging between 38% and 79% in water content, it’s always best to speak with your optician to determine which lenses are best suited to your eyes.
Daily disposable contact lenses for dry eyes
Focus Dailies All Day Comfort
One of the most popular daily disposable contact lenses on the market, Focus Dailies All Day Comfort is an exceptional lens for those that are prone to dry eyes. These contact lenses feature Blink-activated moisture technology to ensure that your eyes are refreshed with every single blink.
Dailies AquaComfort Plus
Bausch & Lomb’s upgrade of Focus Dailies All Day Comfort, Dailies AquaComfort Plus offer the manufacturer’s trademark Blink-activated moisturising technology, while offering a 69% water content.
Dailies Total 1
The world’s first water gradient contact lens, Dailies Total 1 boasts a water content that increases up to 80% at the surface of the lens. This essentially means that as the day goes on and you put your eyes to work, you can be sure that they’ll stay hydrated through your Dailies Total 1 lenses.
1 Day Acuvue Moist
The UK’s most popular contact lens, 1 Day Acuvue Moist is an exceptional option for any lens wearers that regularly suffer from dry eyes. LACREON® technology works to bind moisture to the surface of the lens, keeping eyes hydrated and refreshed all day long.
Monthly contact lenses for dry eyes
Made from naturally wettable and moisture rich material, Biofinity are monthly contact lenses designed to be worn by those with even the most sensitive eyes. The lenses manage to lock in water, delivering moisture and hydration to eyes throughout each day of wear.
Air Optix Aqua
Air Optix Aqua are impressive monthly lenses that are not only known for being incredibly breathable due to their silicone hydrogel material, but also for their exceptional water retention.
Another monthly contact lens suited to dry eyes, Proclear contact lenses were designed by CooperVision using PC Technology to aid water retention throughout the day. This essentially means that your eyes will be able to stand up to the test of extensive computer use, air conditioning and many other everyday factors that can take their toll.
What are the best toric contact lenses for dry eyes?
When it comes to astigmatism and visual correction, there are plenty of toric contact lenses that are suitable for those that are particularly susceptible to dry eyes.
Dailies AquaComfort Plus Toric
An upgrade to Focus Dailies Toric, Dailies AquaComfort Plus Toric deliver blink-activated moisture technology alongside a triple moisturising formula. This essentially means longer-lasting hydration for your eyes from morning till night.
1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism
These daily disposable toric contact lenses are some of the most advanced around. 1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism have been created with a blink-stabilised design, delivering stable and clear vision. And, made using Acuvue’s renowned LACREON technology, the lens is able to retain its moisture all day long, keeping your eyes hydrated and healthy.
The material used to make Biofinity Toric is moisture-rich and naturally wettable, meaning that the lens will stay moist and comfortable to wear all day long (if cleaned and stored in contact lens solutions). This monthly contact lens is a great choice for those susceptible to dry eye, offering a highly breathable and hydrating toric option.
Air Optix for Astigmatism
This impressive monthly toric lens is known for its breathable nature, ensured by a soft and comfortable silicone hydrogel material. Also ideal for dry eyes, Air Optix for Astigmatism retains its water content throughout the day, keeping eyes feeling good over even the longest of days.
What are the best multifocal contact lenses for dry eyes?
As we grow older, our eyes lose the ability to focus on close-up objects. Vision becomes blurry, and tasks such as reading become very difficult. This condition is called presbyopia, and can be corrected by multifocal contact lenses.
Multifocal versions of popular contact lens brands can be found at FeelGoodContacts.com and contain two or more prescriptions to aid your vision in transitioning between distances. If you need presbyopic correction and have particularly sensitive eyes, don’t worry, you’ll be able to find the ideal multifocal contacts for you.
1 Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal
1 Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal are some of our best-selling daily disposable multifocal lenses. Created with comfort and hydration in mind, these dailies feature LACREON technology to deliver all day moisture for those with even the most sensitive of eyes.
Dailies AquaComfort Plus Multifocal
Another pair of exceptional daily disposables for those who suffer from presbyopia, Dailies AquaComfort Plus Multifocal make use of a Triple Moisturising Formula. They’ve also been designed with blink-activated technology, so that eyes are refreshed every single time you blink.
Suitable for monthly wear, or as extended wear lenses (if approved for you by an optician), Biofinity Multifocal are ideal for dry eyes. Aquaform Technology, coupled with a breathable silicone hydrogel design, keeps the lenses soft, flexible and wettable, guaranteeing comfort and hydration from morning till night.
Air Optix Aqua Multifocal
This impressive multifocal contact lens is made from silicone hydrogel, ensuring eyes stay fresh, and healthy during wear. Air Optix Aqua Multifocal are renowned for their suitability to sensitive eyes, maintaining their water content throughout the day.
What are the best coloured contacts for dry eyes?
When it comes to colour contact lenses, some lens wearers find it harder to find lenses specifically suited to their sensitive eyes while delivering the stylish eye colour update that they’re after.
However, you’ll be delighted to know that at FeelGoodContacts.com, we stock a wide selection of colour contacts (both for visual correction and as cosmetic accessories), that are especially kind to sensitive eyes.
Air Optix Colors contact lenses provide the ultimate monthly colour contact lens for dry eyes. With a highly breathable silicone hydrogel design, and a 33% water content, Air Optix Colors contacts can give your eyes that vibrant or subtle colour update you’ve been looking for without compromising on comfort and safety. Enjoy a comfortable, hydrating and stylish colour contact lens that lasts the whole day in the office, or the whole night out on the town when you wear Air Optix Colors contacts.
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