Stoney Creek Eye Care & Eyewear Boutique - Dr. L Bahoshy & Assoc.
15 Mountain Ave S #110 Stoney Creek ON L8G 2V6 (905) 662-8863

(289) 205-2338

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Do Contacts Dry Your Eyes Out?

Contact lenses can be a popular choice for many users, offering a comfortable and convenient alternative to traditional eyeglasses. However, amidst their numerous benefits, contact lenses are not without drawbacks. A common concern among contact lens wearers is the sensation of dry eyes

Contact lenses can contribute to dry eyes or worsen dry eye symptoms. But you don’t have to give up wearing contact lenses. An eye exam can help your eye doctor determine the underlying cause and recommend ways to promote healthy eyes and vision with contact lenses.

All About Dry Eye

Dry eye is a surface ocular disease that occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or tears that evaporate too quickly. An imbalance in the tear film can result in inflammation and irritation. Several causes of insufficient or poor-quality tears include age, hormonal changes, prolonged digital screen use, environmental conditions, certain medications, and health conditions. 

Dry eye can be mild or severe. Common symptoms of dry eye can include the following:

  • Redness
  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Grittiness
  • Scratchiness
  • A feeling of something foreign in the eye
  • Excessive tearing 

How Contact Lenses Cause Dry Eye

Water, oil, and mucous make up the tear film. These components lubricate the eyes, protect them from foreign material, and provide a smooth, even eye surface by preventing tear evaporation. While contact lenses are safe to wear and enhance vision clarity, they sit directly on the tear film and can interfere with its natural ability to hydrate the eye’s surface.

When worn, contact lenses separate the oil and water layers in the tear film, increasing the risk of dry eye in the following ways:

  • Increased evaporation of tears
  • Decreased tear thickness and volume
  • Delayed spreading of the oil layer
  • Increased friction between the contact lens and eye surface epithelium

Certain contact lens materials may also increase dehydration of the tear film, and a poor fit can irritate the eye further, worsening dryness.

Symptoms of Dry Eyes from Contacts

Contact lens wearers experiencing dry eye syndrome might notice symptoms such as:

  • A stinging or burning sensation in the eyes
  • Redness and irritation
  • A sensation of having something “gritty” in the eye
  • Blurred vision, especially toward the end of the day
  • Increased sensitivity to light

Preventing & Managing Contact Lens Related Dry Eyes

A man holding a bottle of lubricating eye drops over his right eye.

If you are experiencing dry eye symptoms while wearing contact lenses, there are several measures you can take to alleviate the discomfort. 

Choose the Right Contacts

Make sure you’re wearing the right contact lenses for your unique needs. A contact lens exam helps you find the correct prescription, size, and fit of contact lenses for your eyes. 

Maintain Good Lens Hygiene

Proper cleaning and handling of your contacts can prevent the buildup of deposits and allergens contributing to eye irritation and dryness. Remember to remove, clean, and disinfect your lenses based on your wear schedule and use a cleaning and disinfecting system your eye doctor approves.

Use Rewetting Drops

Lubricating eye drops or artificial tears, specifically designed for contact lens wearers, can provide temporary dry eye relief. Use preservative-free products recommended by your eye doctor. 

Limit Screen Time

Prolonged use of digital devices leads to a reduced blink rate, exacerbating dry eyes. Practice the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Stay Hydrated

Overall hydration plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy tear film. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help alleviate dry eye symptoms.

Optimize Your Environment

Use a humidifier in dry indoor environments and wear sunglasses as a barrier against harsh winds and sun exposure, which can increase tear evaporation.

Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes

Your eye doctor can recommend contact lenses for dry eye to reduce symptoms and discomfort based on your eye health, lifestyle, and prescription. 

Changing the Lens Type

Opt for lenses made from materials designed for high breathability and moisture retention. Silicone hydrogel contacts are often recommended for their oxygen permeability, which can help reduce dryness.

Changing to Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

Switching the wear schedule from reusable monthly lenses to single-use or daily disposable contact lenses can lead to fewer dry eye symptoms. Reusable lenses can develop a build up of protein and lipids on the surface of the lens which may not be fully removed with cleaning. This will lead to dry eye symptoms. Daily disposable lenses eliminate this issue and the comfort will be consistent on a daily basis as a fresh lens is used each day.

There are also numerous brands that offer daily disposable contact lenses, with various types of materials available. Some may be more comfortable and more suitable than others for a specific patient. It is best to have your eyes checked by your optometrist with a comprehensive eye exam, who can then determine which specific lens will be your best option.

In Office Treatments for Dry Eyes

In office dry eye treatment such as IPL (Intense Pulsed Light treatment) may reverse some of the issues with dry eyes, and allow a patient’s eyes to feel more lubricated naturally, thus allowing a more comfortable contact lens wearing experience.

Personalized Eye Care for Dry Eye

While contact lenses offer many advantages, they can pose challenges, such as increased dry eye symptoms. By understanding the causes of dry eye, watching out for symptoms, and implementing preventative measures, you can enjoy the benefits of contact lenses without sacrificing your eye comfort. 

If you’re experiencing persistent discomfort with dry eyes or contact lens wear, book an appointment with Stoney Creek Eye Care to determine the underlying cause and receive personalized treatment recommendations. 

Written by Dr. Louis P. Bahoshy

Dr. Bahoshy attended the University of Waterloo, where he graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc), as well as a Doctor of Optometry (OD) Degree.

As part of his optometry training, Dr. Bahoshy completed an externship at the prestigious Omni Eye Institute in Baltimore, gaining extensive experience in diagnosing and managing ocular health conditions. He worked alongside a pediatric ophthalmologist at their satellite location in White Marsh.

While in optometry school, Dr. Bahoshy spent two summers as a researcher at the world-renowned Centre for Contact Lens Research (CCLR) at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry, learning about the latest in contact lens technology.

Dr. Bahoshy began practicing at Stoney Creek Eye Care (formerly known as Dueck Optometry) in 2001. In October 2017, Dr. Bahoshy became the clinic’s new owner, continuing the commitment of serving Stoney Creek and the surrounding community.

Today, Dr. Bahoshy is an active member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO), the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO), and the Hamilton and District Society of Optometrists. He is also an affiliate doctor at TLC Laser Eye Centres.

When not seeing patients, Dr. Bahoshy enjoys swimming, going to the gym, and spending time with his wife Cynthia, and their two young boys, Pierre and Leo.

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Our Vision in Action

At Stoney Creek Eye Care & Eyewear Boutique our trusted team of eye doctors is committed to providing you with high-quality eye care, stylish frames, and personalized attention. We offer a wide variety of services, including:

Convenient Location, Extended Hours,
and Direct Billing

We understand that life is hectic. We want to help make it a little simpler, which is why our centrally-located practice offers extended hours on Saturdays. We’re also happy to directly bill most major insurance companies on your behalf. And on top of all that? We’ve got plenty of free parking. Stoney Creek Eye Care & Eyewear Boutique will always do whatever we can to make your life a little easier, located in the Health Science Building.

Stoney Creek Eye Care & Eyewear Boutique

  • 15 Mountain Ave S #110
  • Stoney Creek, ON L8G 2V6

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  • Monday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • SundayClosed

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A truly complete eye care experience includes the best eyewear the world has to offer. Our Boutique is well-stocked with globally-recognized brands like Dior, Ray-Ban, Kate Spade, Fossil, and much more.

But of course, your eyewear is much more than just your frames. We offer Zeiss lenses; the paragon of quality lens technology. By pairing the best in optical lenses with filters and coatings for improved performance, Stoney Creek Eye Care & Eyewear Boutique is here to help you look your best, see your best, and feel your best.

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