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Eyes Too Dry? – Best Contacts

Dry eye syndrome is a common problem among contact lens wearers and non-wearers alike. But symptoms of dry eyes can be more pronounced if you wear contact lenses and your contacts start to dry out, too.

Probably the most common complaint eye doctors hear from contact lens wearers is, "My contacts make my eyes feel dry."

If you suffer from dry eye symptoms such as irritated, "scratchy" and red eyes when wearing contacts, switching to a new type of contact lens or care product often can make your eyes more comfortable.

Fixing the problem starts with a visit to your eye doctor so he or she can evaluate the cause of your dryness symptoms and determine the best way to increase your contact lens wearing comfort.

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Several lens manufacturers have developed new brands of contacts specifically targeted at reducing the risk of contact lens-related dry eye discomfort and complaints. Popular brands of contact lenses for dry eyes include:

Dailies Total 1. Manufactured by Alcon, these single-use daily disposable contact lenses feature an innovative water gradient design: The water content is approximately 33 percent at the core of the lens and increases to greater than 80 percent at the front and back surface. Because of this unique design, Dalies Total 1 lenses provide "a silky-smooth surface for comfort that lasts until the end of the day," according to the company.


Bausch + Lomb Ultra. These silicone hydrogel contact lenses feature MoistureSeal technology that provides unsurpassed comfort and vision all day compared with the leading silicone hydrogel lenses, according to the company. MoistureSeal technology enables Bausch + Lomb Ultra lenses to retain moisture for up to 16 hours, the company says. The lenses also are backed with a patient satisfaction guarantee: If you are not satisfied with them for any reason, simply return any unopened boxes within 90 days and Bausch + Lomb will provide a full refund.


Extreme H2O. Marketed by X-Cel Specialty Contacts, Extreme H2O is another brand of soft lenses that many eye doctors prescribe to reduce contact lens-related dry eye problems. These high-water hydrogel lenses have unique water-binding properties that allow Extreme H2O lenses to retain virtually all their water content throughout the day, according to the company. Extreme H2O lenses are available in weekly and two-week disposable designs, including toric designs for astigmatism.


CooperVision Proclear. These popular contact lenses for dry eyes are made of a high-water hydrogel material and contain molecules found naturally in human cell membranes that attract and surround themselves with water, keeping Proclear lenses moist and comfortable after 12 hours of wear, according to CooperVision. Proclear contact lenses currently are the only brand approved by the U.S. FDA to carry this label: "May provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear." Proclear lenses are available in a variety of designs, including a daily disposable lens (Proclear 1 day), bifocal contact lenses and toric contact lenses for astigmatism.


Not all contact lens cleaning, disinfecting and storage products — collectively called "contact lens solutions" — work well with all contact lenses. In particular, many silicone hydrogel lenses require specific lens care products to optimize their comfort on the eye.


Talk to your eye doctor about which contact lens care products you're using, and bring the bottles to your visit.