Contact lens wearers frequently assume the only reason to use artificial tears or lubricating eye drops is if their eyes or contact lenses feel dry. And, if that only tends to happen at the end of the day, many contact lens wearers just grit it out until they remove their lenses.
So here’s 4 reasons why contact lens wears should use contact lens rewetting drops more often:
1. Float Your Lens – Your cornea sloughs off epithelial cells just like your skin does. These cells can can stick to the inside surface of your lens resulting in inflammation and irritation to your eyes. Inserting an eye drop allows your lens to float. This action helps to clean out cellular debris between your cornea and the lens.
2. Clear Your Lens – Wetting drops inserted while your lenses are in your eyes will help remove filmy build up on your lenses.
3. Rehydrating Your Lenses – Lenses that are dry cause blurry vision. Rehydrate your lenses and your optics will be better!
4. Your Eyes Will Look Better – Float Your Lens, Clear Your Lens, Rehydrate Your Lens and you are less likely to have contact lens related red eyes.
For our patients at GH Eye I generally recommend Blink Contacts or Refresh Plus Preservative Free eyedrops for use with contact lenses.
If you wear contact lenses overnight it is particularly important to “Float Your Lens” at bedtime and when you awaken. If you inadvertantly fall asleep with your lenses in, be sure to insert a wetting drop when you awaken. Dehydrated lenses that stick to your eyes while you sleep are a leading cause of contact lens related eye problems, some of which can be serious.
Be sure to call your eye doctor if you experience redness, blurry vision, eye pain, light sensitivity or discharge from your eyes.
Dr. Ally Stoeger provides annual eye examinations, medical eye care, contact lens examinations and Lasik/refractive surgery co-management in the Gainesville-Haymarket area of Virginia. GH Eye also has a superb collection of frames and high tech lenses.