3 Ways to Make Wearing Contact Lenses More Comfortable

Health & Medical Blog

One of the biggest problems that many people have with contact lenses is that the lenses can become uncomfortable to wear. In many cases, the discomfort is a result of the wearer's eyes becoming irritated or very dry. Listed below are just a few ways to make wearing your contact lenses a bit more comfortable for you.

Take Supplements

One of the leading causes for dry eyes is the fact that a person's tears can often evaporate quite quickly when they are wearing contact lenses. The easiest way to resolve this issue is to begin taking nutritional supplements that can improve the quality of your tears so that they stick around longer and keep your eyes moist and your contacts comfortable. Supplements that contain omega-3 fatty acids are a good choice for improving your production of quality tears.

Punctal Plugs

Another major reason for discomfort when wearing contact lenses is dryness as a result of your tears draining away through the tear ducts. Due to the tears draining away quickly, your contact lenses and eyes are not able to hydrate properly. However, your eye doctor can place punctal plugs in  your tear ducts to slow the draining of your tears so that your eyes and lenses can remain moist for longer.

If you are concerned about the comfort of wearing punctal plugs in your tear ducts, your eye doctor can apply plugs that will dissolve on their own after a few days so that you can give them a trial run and decide if you are comfortable with them. If you do decide to proceed with punctal plugs, your doctor can apply permanent ones that will remain in place until you have him or her remove them for you. 

Daily Disposables

Finally, you will want to consider transitioning from normal contact lenses to daily disposables. This type of contact is designed to be thrown away at the end of the day so that you can wear a fresh pair the next morning. The benefit to this approach is that the particle and mineral buildup that is often the cause for irritated eyes will not have had time to accumulate to the point where it affects you.

Contact your eye doctor today in order to discuss possible solutions for your contact lens–related discomfort. By utilizing supplements, punctal plugs, and daily disposable contacts you can potentially limit or eliminate the cause of your contact-lens discomfort.


27 July 2016