Managing dry eye symptoms while wearing contact lenses can be challenging, but it’s possible with the right approach and the guidance of an eye care professional. Dry eye syndrome occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or when tears evaporate too quickly, leading to discomfort, redness, and blurry vision. At Inner Harbour Optometry in Victoria and Saanich, BC, our team is here to help you find the root cause of your dry eyes and provide you with the help you need to see clearly.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye syndrome, also known as dry eye disease, occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears or when the tears produced are of poor quality. Tears are essential for maintaining the health and comfort of the eyes, and any disruption in their production or composition can lead to dry eyes. Several factors can contribute to the development of dry eye, and a few are included below:
Living in a dry or windy environment can increase tear evaporation and contribute to dry eye symptoms. Sometimes, dehydration is the root cause of dry eyes. Reducing caffeine and drinking enough water may help relieve dry eye symptoms.
Computer Vision Syndrome
Computer vision syndrome symptoms include dry eyes, red eyes, and headaches after looking at your screen for a long time. If your dry eyes get worse when your computer usage time increases, your dry eyes are likely tied to computer vision syndrome.
Dry Eye Treatments
There are several things that you can do to relieve dry eyes. If your dry eyes are caused by looking at a screen, taking breaks for a few minutes every half hour can help relieve your symptoms. Using a humidifier in your workspace can also help provide relief. You should talk with your doctor about changing your prescription if you’re taking certain medications (antihistamines and ulcer medications).
Dry Eye and Contact Lenses
When you wear contact lenses, dry eye can be a major issue. You should switch to using your glasses when looking at a screen for long periods. It’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with our optometrist to discuss the types of contact lenses that will be easier on your eyes.
Visit Inner Harbour Optometry for Eye Care
Living with computer vision syndrome and irritated eyes can be tough, especially when you wear contact lenses. At Inner Harbour Optometry in Victoria and Saanich, BC, our optometrist is here to help you get the help you need for dry eyes. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at (250) 920-0755. We look forward to supporting your eye health for years to come.