August 2022: Turners Vision
Dry eye doesn’t need to mean the end for contact lenses
Anyone with dry eye knows the symptoms can be anything from a minor nuisance to a major, life-altering issue. At Turners Opticians, we’ve helped hundreds of patients gain relief from their dry eye since we launched our specialist dry eye clinic in 2013.
The problem has always been contact lenses for people living with dry eye. For most, they’ve been an absolute no-no. When ultra moist soft lenses came on the market, many of our patients happily returned to contact lens wear.
For some, though, even that wasn’t enough to keep them comfortable. That’s why we’ve been offering an alternative lens for a number of years now – the scleral lens.
A scleral lens sits gently over the whole cornea, resting on the white of your eye and keeping a liquid reservoir under the lens to keep your eye moist all day. They are available as both single vision distance and multi-focal contact lenses and are an absolute revelation for some patients.
As the name suggests, dry eye disease is a condition whereby your tears cannot keep your eyes moist. A lack of tear production or poor tear quality most often comes down to age. However, diet, medications, and certain medical and inflammatory conditions can also cause it.
The tears produced by a dry eye sufferer literally evaporate too quickly, causing the eyes to become irritated and red. Allergies, wind, and smoke all make it worse, and sufferers typically are sensitive to light, have blurred vision, tired eyes, or the sensation that there’s something in one or both eyes.
All of which leads to difficulties with contact lenses. Rigid gas permeable lenses provide great vision for the wearer, but someone with dry eyes may struggle with them.
Soft lenses are a good, comfortable choice for dry eye sufferers with extended wear or daily disposable options. While daily disposable contact lenses can be effective for dry eyes, they aren’t always the best choice.
Scleral lenses go further as they don’t directly touch the surface of the cornea, which makes them a comfortable option for anyone with dry eye. The gap between the lens and cornea creates a pocket of fluid that provides all-day moisture for the eye’s surface.
Everyone’s dry eye situation is unique, making some contact lens options more effective than others. Someone may struggle with daily disposable lenses but find another option that works better for their needs. When you see a contact lens specialist Optometrist at Turners Opticians, they are well placed to assess your eyes and , after completing a thorough eye health exam, recommend the best contact lenses for you.
Do take care of your eyes, and come to see us for your glasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses. Our expert team is ready and waiting to give you the time you deserve to look after your eye health and vision.
Please call to book a time to come in. We look forward to seeing you soon!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Ginny Allwood is an Associate Specialist Optometrist at Turners Opticians in Bristol
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