Keep your eyes and lenses fresh and moist all the time
These drops, also called artificial tears or lubricating eye drops, act exactly like natural tears and offer immediate relief from dry eyes. They are used by contact lenses wearers to provide moisture for dry eyes. It can be due to fatigue, pollution, allergy, dehydration or smokey bars, as well as being in an air-conditioned environment. These things can make your eyes feel very dry and crusty.
If you are a contact lens wearer, this can make your eyes feel extremely uncomfortable. For more information about the consequences of dry eyes, see here. The good news is that there is a range of products that can save the day, we have in our collection the best in lens friendly eye drops and contact lens rewetting drops. These will keep your eyes and lenses moistened and healthy. You can use them whenever you need them, and they provide relief and comfort for hours.
Eye dryness is common when you work in front of a computer. Contact lens wearers are more at risk than any other type of lens. These cases call for the use of eye drops which are similar to human tears. They can lubricate both rigid and gas-permeable contact lenses and amortize lenses. They are extremely helpful in the case of eye irritation and tiredness that can result from extended contact lens wear.
These products behave very similarly to natural tears, making them extremely safe and comfortable. Non-prescription eye drops are safe to use unless you have an allergy to any of the ingredients. Drops that provide good protection and eye hydration are available to people with dry eyes syndrome.
Keep in mind that dry eye symptoms can persist and should be referred to your eye doctor. They can rule out any possible infection or other issues that could cause your dry eye symptoms. It is important to not ignore persistent symptoms, especially in the case of your eyes.
Lubricating drops for your eyes are safe to use as often and as long as you like if they don't contain preservatives. Artificial tears that contain preservatives may be cheaper and actually last longer. This happens because they stop the growth of bacteria in the bottles. However, some people can experience worse dry eyes. This is because you might also be allergic or sensitive to some kinds of preservatives used in these products.
Because some of these kinds of products can damage your contact lenses, it is a bit more difficult to find the right drops for you. Fortunately, you can safely try our collection of rewetting drops specifically designed for your contact lens type if they are feeling dry. You should consult your doctor before applying any other type of drops. Preservatives as we have mentioned are best avoided.
Even though most bottles contain some kind of preservative to stop bacteria growth once they have been opened, this does not guarantee that there will be no contamination. Ophthalmologists recommend that you dispose of any bottles within three months. Some manufacturers put their products in single-use tubes that don't contain any preservatives. Hyabak however uses an innovative dispenser that reduces contamination and does not require the use of any preservative. They are immensely popular and highly recommended.
Drops containing preservatives should be avoided if any of the following is true for you
It might be worth trying different brands of contacts and drops if you're new to using them. If none of the products provides relief, you might consider trying one or more artificial tears ointments. These may temporarily blur your vision so it's best to apply the ointment right before bed. It is not recommended to use ointment while wearing your contact lenses. These contact lenses are not for sale. For this solution, you will need to consult your optician.
Be aware that some products claim to treat the redness. These products can temporarily reduce the appearance of redness in your eyes. Drops that claim to eliminate redness are best avoided if you're trying to soothe irritation.
Many causes of mild or moderate dryness in the eyes can be treated using products from our collection. Dry eyes can occur due to serious eye issues, as I mentioned earlier. Talk to your eye doctor if your eyes are repeatedly dry when you visit your optometrist. Diagnosing the cause of your dry eyes will allow you and your doctor to choose the most appropriate drops and other treatments. Keep in mind that your eye health should be checked every year, just as a regular GP appointment. If you are still trying to figure out ways of dealing with dry eyes it's worth reading this guide.
There are certain things that you should do, and some that you shouldn't do when you use eye drops.
If you still haven't seen any relief after a few days, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor (ophthalmologist) to discuss other options. There are many treatments for dryness. However, it is best to seek advice from an eye doctor if you want more comfortable eyes. Our articles section provides more details on contact lens use.
All drops in our selection are lens friendly, so they can safely be used without causing any damage to your contacts. Make sure you have at least a couple of bottles on hand so that you are always ready to offer relief when you need it.