In the past, many people were not suitable candidates for wearing contact lenses. Thanks to improvements over the years, there are now many people who can wear contacts, even those who may not have been able to in the past.
Dry eye syndrome can make it difficult for individuals to wear contact lenses. The ability to produce tears properly is crucial for comfort when wearing some types of contact lenses. If you struggle to produce quality tears due to factors such as age, autoimmune conditions, or side effects from certain medications like birth control or antidepressants, it can be a challenge. At Eyes Over Copley in Boston, we offer a variety of contact lenses, including options designed for people with dry eyes.
While regular soft contact lenses are soft and sit on your cornea, scleral lenses are hard and rest on the white part of your eye. Scleral lenses are gas-permeable, allowing oxygen to pass through. This continuous oxygen supply makes scleral lenses more comfortable and contributes to overall eye health. Scleral lenses are larger and firmer than soft contacts, often providing better overall vision. Some individuals without other eye conditions may choose to wear scleral lenses because of these advantages.
Eye Conditions That Make Scleral Lenses Ideal
Once again, not everyone is an ideal candidate for traditional contacts. Scleral lenses can work well for people with these conditions:
• Dry eye
• Astigmatism, which relates to the curvature of your eye
• Keratoconus, a condition involving the outward bulging of the cornea
• If you have undergone laser surgery
Disadvantages of Scleral Lenses
• Scleral lenses can be four to five times more expensive than traditional contacts, which have become increasingly affordable over the years.
• These lenses may accumulate debris throughout the day, necessitating regular cleaning.
• Sometimes scleral lenses may shift out of position.
Daily Disposables or Another Type of Soft Contact Lens
Many soft contact lenses are made from silicone hydrogel, which can help reduce redness and swelling. Daily disposables have the advantage of never lasting long enough to collect any kind of build-up, which can exacerbate dry eye symptoms. Daily disposables are relatively inexpensive and easy to manage, as there's no need for cleaning. At the end of the day, you simply discard the contact lens and start fresh the next day.
Our Optometrist in Boston Offers Dry Eye Treatment
Are you looking for an eye doctor near you? If you're seeking more eyewear options to address your needs and lifestyle, Eyes Over Copley can assist you in finding the right eyewear. If you reside in the Greater Boston area and have conditions such as dry eye syndrome, we can help enhance your daily comfort. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.