Dry eye syndrome is a common condition of the eye that occurs if your eyes don't produce enough natural tears to keep your eyes lubricated. It can also occur if you produce poor-quality tears that evaporate too quickly. If you are suffering from dry eyes, our team at Eye Hub Optometry can provide the testing and treatment you need to alleviate your symptoms and recommend the appropriate contact lenses to prevent dry eye syndrome from occurring.
Risk Factors for Dry Eyes
Anyone can develop dry eye syndrome, but some factors can increase your risk of developing this condition.
- Age: This condition is most common in people over 50.
- Medication: Some medications list dry eye as a side effect, such as birth control, antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, acne medication, high blood pressure meds, and antidepressants.
- Medical conditions: Dry eye is a symptom of certain health issues, such as lupus, thyroid disorders, allergic eye disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and vitamin A deficiency, among others.
- Previous eye laser surgery: Any past laser eye surgery can increase your risk for dry eye.
Dry eye causes several symptoms that affect your vision and can be very uncomfortable, including:
- Feeling like there is something in the eyes
- A burning or stinging feeling in the eyes
- Stringy mucus around the eyes
- Redness of the eye
- Blurry vision due to eye fatigue
- Sensitivity to light
- Trouble driving at night
- Trouble wearing contact lenses
Contacts for Dry Eye Syndrome
Because dry eye syndrome makes it challenging to wear contact lenses, our optometrist can prescribe a special lens that won't worsen the symptoms. Common contact lenses we can prescribe for dry eyes include:
- Daily lenses: Daily lenses are soft, single-use lenses. Daily lenses are a good option for dry eyes because the contacts are thrown out after one use, and mineral deposits won't build up on the lenses the way they do with weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly lenses, which makes the eyes feel even drier.
- Gas permeable lenses: The most commonly used hard-to-fit contact is gas permeable lenses. The contacts are rigid and hold their shape. In addition, protein deposits don't build up on the contacts the way they do with soft lenses, preventing your eyes from drying out.
- Scleral lenses: Scleral lenses are custom-made contact lenses that sit on the white of the eye and vault over the cornea without touching it. Scleral lenses don't sit directly on the cornea, preventing them from soaking up the moisture in your eyes. There is also space between the cornea's surface and the lens filled with saline solution, providing moisture to the eyes.
Visit Our Optometrist in Houston, TX, for Dry Eye Treatment
If you have dry eye syndrome and want to wear contact lenses, schedule an appointment with Eye Hub Optometry for a contact lens exam. Our optometrist in Houston can prescribe the appropriate contact lenses for dry eyes, allowing you to see clearly without drying your eyes out further.