"I can't wear my contacts as long each day as I'd like."
End-of-day discomfort has long been a challenge for contact lens wearers. A real breakthrough in this area is silicone hydrogel lenses. These new-generation soft contacts transmit greater amounts of oxygen to the eye than traditional lenses, and some silicone hydrogels are less prone to dehydration.
Another strategy to combat contact lens-related dry eye is switching to a soft contact lens that has a lower water content than your present lens. High-water lenses sometimes dehydrate more easily in a dry environment, causing discomfort. Your eye doctor also may recommend a brand of soft lens designed specifically to reduce dry eye problems.
Changing from soft lenses to gas permeable contacts also may reduce dryness symptoms.
Page published in February 2019
Page updated in January 2021