Contact Lenses and Dry Eyes

2024-04-27 7:12 a.m.
Dry eyes with contact lenses

Dry eyes can be a common issue for contact lens wearers. This condition, known as contact lens-induced dry eye, occurs when the thin layer of moisture on the surface of the eye evaporates more quickly than usual due to the presence of contact lenses.

Causes of Dry Eyes in Contact Lens Wearers

Several factors contribute to dry eyes in those who wear contact lenses. These include the type of lens material, the fit of the lenses, and individual tear production. Lenses made from materials that do not allow much oxygen to pass through can increase dry eye symptoms.

Symptoms of Dry Eyes

Symptoms of dry eyes include irritation, redness, a gritty feeling, and a burning sensation in the eyes. Some wearers might also experience blurred vision and discomfort during lens wear.

Managing Dry Eyes with Contact Lenses

There are several strategies to manage dry eyes for contact lens wearers. Using lubricating eye drops approved for use with contact lenses can help. Choosing lenses made with silicone hydrogel, which allows more oxygen to reach the cornea, might also reduce symptoms. Additionally, limiting contact lens wear time and ensuring proper lens care are essential.

Alternative Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes

For those severely affected by dry eyes, switching to daily disposable lenses can be beneficial as these lenses are less likely to accumulate deposits that can irritate the eyes. Also, some brands specialize in lenses for dry eyes, offering models designed to retain more moisture.

Some of the most recommended contact lenses against dry eyes are:

It's important to consult with an eye care professional if you experience persistent dry eye symptoms. They can provide recommendations tailored to your specific eye health needs and contact lens usage.


  1. IOVS, Contact Lens-Associated Dry Eye Disease: Recent Advances Worldwide and in Japan
  2. AOA, Managing the care of patients with contact lens-related dry eye