If you wear contacts and they do not feel comfortable, you may end up not wearing them. If you do not have glasses to replace them with, you could strain your eyes, which can cause headaches. Before this happens, below are some tips on how you can make them comfortable on your eyes.
There is a contact lens called orthokeratology that you wear only at night. The lenses temporarily reshape your corneas to reduce things like astigmatism, hyperopia (farsightedness), and myopia (nearsightedness). When you wake up in the morning and take the lenses out, you will see normally. Because it only reshapes your corneas temporarily, you will have to wear the lenses every night. You have to clean and care for these lenses in the same way you do regular contacts. Talk with your optometrist to see if these lenses are right for you.
When your tear ducts drain tears away from your eyes, it causes your eyes to become dry, and therefore your contacts will be dry. To deal with this problem, your optometrist may suggest punctal occlusion. This process is inserting a small piece of acrylic or silicone that is called a punctal plug into your ducts to decrease your tear drainage. This will keep the moisture from the tear ducts on your eyes so your contacts will stay moist. This is a simple procedure, and your eye doctor will likely insert them into your eyes while you are in their office.
Your optometrist will likely have you try eye drops before they install this device to see if they will work.
Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes
Some contact lenses work better for someone that has dry eyes. Sometimes deposits build up on contacts over time, making them uncomfortable. To deal with this problem, daily disposable contacts may work well, as you insert a brand new pair of contacts each morning before the deposits have time to build up.
Silicone hydrogel contacts may be another option for you. These contacts allow more oxygen to get into your eyes, which makes the moisture to stay in your eyes longer.
You should also make sure you are getting your contacts clean when you clean them. Dust, dirt, deposits, etc., can cause them to not feel comfortable. Use the solution the doctor gave you, or purchase some hydrogen peroxide to clean them with. If you have questions on the best way to clean them, talk to an optometrist such as Dr Ron Sealock.