Wearing contacts with dry eyes?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’ve been wearing rgps since I was 15, and know what you mean about scatchy eyes. Systane is one of the few that works for me. You’re supposed to remove your contacts first, but I usually just leave them in.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would try BioTrue one day lenses by Bausch and Lomb. They are brand new lens and most of our patients love them. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I second Systane.I don’t have an issue with my eyes drying out with contacts (even when I wear them for a month+ without ever taking them out.. yeah, my Dr. wants to beat me and has since i was like 14). that aside, the times I’ve had allergies and the medications were drying me out to the point I had to take my contacts out, Systane has really helped. I’ve used it with my contacts in and not noticed it filming them over or making them uncomfortable.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@chouette:  Try switching your solution to Clear Care. BUT BE VERY VERY careful with it. It is a hydrogen peroxide solution, so you CAN NOT PUT it directly in your eyes. It will clean the deposits off of you contacts MUCH better then a standard saline solution. With in turn is MUCH healthier for your eyes.

 

ETA: Maybe also discuss daily contacts. That might be the answer to your problem… but they are a bit more $$

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@chouette:  clear care will remove protein build up and enzymes. It will not help with dryness. Also, it is not to be used with daily disposables. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@chouette:  NOPE. with clear care what you have to do is insert your contacts carfully in the little holder that they provide and then it goes into a tube.. youll fill the tube with the solution and CAN NOT put your contacts back in for a min of 6 hours. there is a little metal disk on the bottom of the holder that neutralizes the peroxide.. so after 6 hours its just water. Now if you want you can still rinsse them but its not necessary.

 

if for some reason you know you will need your contacts before the 6 hours, then i would just use regualr solution.. 

 

Oh and also, this might sound like a broken record, make sure you are changing them when your suppose to. If i remember correctly, they are a monthly lens.. make sure they are being changed.. and DO NOT sleep in the lenses!!!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m an eye doctor, but this does not qualify as a professional opinion.  You should definitely still go see your regular optometrist/ophthalmologist for your eyecare needs.

 

Biofinity is a Silicon Hydrogel (SiHy for short) lens and not everybody responds well to it.  You may consider trying a daily lens as some PPs above have recommended.  I would try Acuvue 1-day Moist first (not a SiHy lens).  Biotrue is a new product and calls itself a “hypergel” lens…anyways, some like it, some hate it.  When I wear it, I feel mildly undercorrected even though I’m wearing the indicated power, it’s weird.   

Acuvue 1-day moist is a great starting point.  Acuvue True Eye Dailies are another good daily lens, but it’s also a SiHy, I recommend trying 1-day moist first. They say ProClear dailies by Coopervision is one of the best lenses for dry eye too…but it too is a SiHy lens.  I personally couldn’t stand it.  But that doesn’t mean you won’t like it!

Clear care is awesome, I wish everyone used it.  No preservatives, better disinfection, and better protein denaturing.  Just make sure you let it sit for 6 hours before putting them in.  The Hydrogen Peroxide solution is neutralized to pure, unpreserved saline after 6 hours, so you don’t need additional cleansing solutions/saline unless you have a hard time putting them in and need additional saline. 

Do you wear a lot of makeup?  Make sure you get that makeup off REALLY WELL every night.  EVERY NIGHT.  I can’t tell you how many patients come in with makeup from days before smeared all over their lids.  And then they ask why their eyes burn so much.  Use a Q-Tip and clean along the lashes so you can unclog those tear gland (google: Meibomian Glands)!  Johnson&Johnson baby soap is a good one for washing just around the eyes.

 

Also…Hot Compresses.  Heat up a rice sack or wash cloth to as hot as you can stand it (Do not burn yourself) and let it sit on your eyes for 5 minutes.  Then gently massage your eyelids to get your glands (see: Meibomian Glands again) drained. 

If you practice proper lid hygiene + hot compresses + artificial tears for 2 months and have no improvement, then you may want to ask your eyecare professional about Restasis.  It’s expensive…but some people say it really works!  But some people say it doesn’t do squat.  It’s completely dependent on the patient and the etiology of the dryness, so it’s hard to tell if it will work for you without trying it for a few months. 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My eye doctor told me to take fish oil for my dry eyes…but honestly I’m not sure if that was just a sales pitch or what. He also told me I should try to eat fish at least 3-4 times a week, even though it’s only recommended to eat like 12 oz./week if you’re a woman of child-bearing age, lol. I only wear my contacts if absolutely necessary since my prescription isn’t that high anyway.  :/

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I use Genteel eye drops (I think that’s what they’re called – I can always check). My eye dr gave me a few trials so I keep the small bottle in my purse and bought a full size for at home. I have Acuvue Oasys for most of the time, but several of the dailies. I think the dailies are pretty good, adn don’t seem to dry me out as much. I get dry eyes due to some health issues and it’s made worse by some meds I’m on. I’ve found that not wearing them several days in a row helps – so I wear my glasses most of the time.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I can attest to not putting Clear Care in your eyes. I grabbed it instead of the saline bottle one day. After 10 min of rinsing my eyes  I could see again, but contacts were impossible for about two more days, and they still hurt for about a week.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My brother had that problem and he switche the dailies and has been fine ever since.

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