Some Dry Eye patients benefit from wearing wet contact lenses. For example, these patients may have extreme corneal sensitivities, or their eyes may produce mucous filaments. They may have other conditions that cause corneal pain or discomfort.
The wet contact lenses act like barriers. They protect the corneas and keep them moist. Patients who need, and are able to wear, the lenses typically report improved symptoms and quality of life scores. When their symptoms subside, they are able to resume many normal day-to-day activities.
Like all contact lenses, wet lenses are available via prescription. You may need to work with your optometrist to find a pair that fits comfortably. Be sure the lenses don’t exacerbate your symptoms. You may need to try a few pairs before you find a pair that works for you.
When wearing wet contact lenses, it’s very important to follow your doctor’s and manufacturer’s instructions. If instructed, be sure to replace them every day. It’s best not to sleep with contact lenses if you have Dry Eye.
Dailies Total1® is a readily available brand. They come in single and multi-focal versions.