A Better View

When my sister was in elementary school, she started always sitting in the front row of desks at school. One of her teachers noticed this habit and arranged a meeting with my parents. This caring teacher told my parents that she thought my sister needed glasses. When my sister visited an optometrist, this professional diagnosed her with a severe case of astigmatism. He also informed my parents that she was nearsighted as well. Due to her eye issues, my sister had to start wearing glasses all of the time. Her new glasses helped her tremendously in school. She no longer had to sit in the front of the classroom in order to view the notes placed on the board. On this blog, you will discover the importance of getting your kids’ eyes checked by an optometrist before enrolling them in school.

3 Tips to Prevent Dry Eyes When Wearing Contact Lenses


Contact lenses are a simple solution for improving your vision. They are a great alternative to bulky glasses but come with their own host of problems if they are not used properly. Contact lenses work best when the eyes are properly lubricated or moist. If your eyes dry out while wearing your contact lenses, this will lead to discomfort and irritation. The tears in your eyes act as a barrier between the contact lens and your actual eyeball. Without this lubricated barrier, you are left with two dry surfaces that are rubbing against each other, which can be very distracting and fatigue your eyes. As a result, there are a few tips you should use in order to prevent your eyes from drying out while wearing contact lenses.

Moisturize Your Contact Lens before Applying Them

If your eyes have trouble remaining moist while wearing contacts, you can moisturize your contacts before applying them. There are lubricating solutions that are specially designed for moisturizing contact lenses in order to prevent irritation and discomfort. This extra step will not prevent your eyes from completely drying out after several hours, but it will give your eyes a moist and soft surface to adhere to at the beginning, and then you can use eye drops as needed.

Use Eye Drops

Eye drops are designed to mirror your natural tears since they are effective at preventing your eyes from drying out. If you have trouble producing natural tears, eye drops work well to prevent dry eyes. Eye drops usually need to be administered several times throughout the day depending on how bad your dry eyes are. However, unlike your natural tears, all eye drops are not compatible with every contact lens. As a result, it is important to consult your optometrist before using eye drops.

Use a Lubricant Eye Gel

Lubricant gels can be used to coat your eye. Gels are not liquid like artificial tears. Instead, they act as a moisturizing barrier. The gel keeps your eyes moist while also protecting it from external elements. Once you coat your eye using the gel, you can apply your contact lens. The gel provides a soft surface for your lens to adhere to without causing any discomfort to your eye. Eye gels usually last for hours so you do not run into the trouble of having to reapply it several times throughout the day.

Experiencing dry eyes while wearing contact lenses can be painful and uncomfortable to deal with. Therefore, use these tips to make sure that your eyes always remain moist and lubricated while wearing your contacts. Contact an optometrist like Robert A. Marini, OD for more tips.


5 November 2015