Chattanooga Downtown

(423) 468-3305

Collegedale

(423) 468-3305

Huntsville

(256) 880-8058

Madison

(256) 233-5454

Rogersville

(256) 247-5252

Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes

Many Americans wear contact lenses and prefer contact lenses for convenience. However, wearing contacts can cause dry eyes or be challenging for those who suffer from dry eye syndrome. Regardless of whether they wear contact lenses, those who suffer from dry eyes can consult with their optometrist for an eye exam and treatment. 

Our optometrists at Pathway Eye serving Athens, AL, can help patients with dry eyes in Huntsville, AL, Madison, AL, and Rogersville, AL, Alabama. We also serve patients in Chattanooga, TN, and Ooltewah, TN, Tennessee. 

Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes

What Causes Dry Eyes?

Many who suffer from dry eye syndrome experience various symptoms, that may include pain, burning, and a gritty feeling in the eye. Some people experience blurred vision and trouble wearing contact lenses.

Common causes of dry eyes include: 

  • Damage to the tear glands
  • Damage to or disease of the skin surrounding the eyes
  • Autoimmune diseases, syndromes, and conditions
  • Medications, such as antihistamines
  • Hormone changes
  • Aging
  • Allergies
  • Wearing contact lenses for an extended period

Are There Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes?

There are several options for contact lens wearers who suffer from dry eyes, including the type and brand of contact lens they wear. The doctor may recommend using a contact-friendly eye drop to lubricate the eyes. However, contact lenses may help with dry eye, including soft contact lenses made of a flexible fabric, which allows oxygen to pass through to the eye. 

Dailies are contact lenses worn for a day and then thrown away at the end of the day. Wearing a new pair of contacts daily helps prevent protein deposits from building up on the lenses or the eye’s surface, making the eye feel dry. 

These lenses help reduce dry eye symptoms compared to different contact lenses. Thus, the eye doctor may prescribe these lenses for those struggling with dry eye syndrome.

Schedule a Contact Lens Eye Exam with an Eye Doctor on Our Team

If you suffer from dry eyes and wear contact lenses, call an eye doctor on our team to schedule an eye exam. An optometrist on our team can diagnose dry eyes and prescribe appropriate contact lenses to help reduce the symptoms. The optometrists at Pathway Eye in (256) 233-2393 Athens, AL, are ready to help patients with dry eyes find relief. Call us to schedule an appointment. We accept patients from (256) 880-8058 Huntsville, AL, (256) 233-5454 Madison, AL, (256) 247-5252 Rogersville, AL, Alabama, and (423) 468-3305 Chattanooga, TN, and (423) 468-3305 Ooltewah, TN, Tennessee.