Contact Lens Wear and Dry Eye Syndrome in Front of the Computer
Dry eye syndrome is a well-known phenomenon that affects almost everyone. It concerns subjects that are concentrated for several hours in front of their computer screen, Smartphone or tablet to work, play a game, chat or simply surf the Internet. This causes a variety of symptoms such as irritation, burning, tears, hypersensitivity to light, itching, eye fatigue or vision problems. These symptoms can also cause complications when wearing contact lenses.
Indeed, having dry eyes is incompatible with wearing soft contact lenses, whether they are intended for medical use to improve vision or only for cosmetics, which is the case with coloured contact lenses “cosplay” sold on our shop “Solutions-Lenses”. These have hydrophilic properties and act as sponges on the tear fluid, which acts as a protective lubricant and humidifier for the cornea. It blocks micro-organisms and foreign bodies, in particular fine dust and polluting gases, and then, another very important role, it supplies oxygen to the corneal cells.
If you suffer from dry eye and wear soft contact lenses, you amplify the problem and this poses many dangers to your eyes. In addition to the many inconveniences associated with discomfort, there are more serious pathologies such as keratitis, corneal abscess and then there is the risk that contact lenses adhere to the cornea. Also, if you feel the slightest resistance, you should not force but rather lubricate the eye with an eyewash, blink many times to get the product back on its feet and soak it in your eye. And if you still can’t remove the lenses and symptoms persist, go to an ophthalmologist or hospital as an emergency.
Dry Eye Contact Lens Wear
What can I do to avoid dry eye syndrome?
There are a few simple basic rules to follow to avoid dry eyes and endanger the health of your eyes when wearing soft contact lenses:
Set up at a reasonable distance from the computer screen or tablet, neither too far nor too close
Work in a sufficiently well-lit room
Adjust the contrast and brightness of the screen to avoid glare or eye strain when guessing characters and images
Moisturize regularly with plenty of water
Do not overheat the room in which you are or cool it too much with air conditioning, which tends to dry the air.
Ventilate the room to eliminate pollution and dust without draughts.
Place an air humidifier in the room
Do not have the breath of a ventilation system directly on your face
Do not hesitate to pose for at least 10 minutes every two hours to rest your eyes by closing them for a long time and doing blink exercises. Then, if the first signs of dryness have started (scorch, burning sensation, itching), use a moisturizing and wetting eye drops of the “artificial tears” type.
And if despite all these precautions, you still feel dry eye symptoms, you should remove your contact lenses and rehydrate them, lubricate them by bathing them for at least 30 minutes in a multifunction care lotion. And then if you feel the same effects again, in this case, remove your contact lenses and for those who need a visual correction, wear glasses.