Can people with dry eyes wear contacts?

Usually. Contact lenses usually can be worn in patients with dry eye. The dry eye has to be treated prior to initiating wear though. See your eye doctor.
Yes. Start with artificial tears routinely (one drop 4 times a day every day), oral omega-3's, and warm compresses. Next, medicated drops (restasis, mild steroid drops, NSAID drops) or punctal occlusion may be helpful.

Related Questions

What can I do about dry eyes and wear contacts?

Dry eyes. No contraindication. Talk to opthalmologist to choose best remedy. Read more...
Dry eye. Your description sounds like dry eye. Initial treatment is frequent artificial tears during the day, ointment at night, warm compresses a few times a day, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. If no improvement, you should see an eye doctor for further evaluation. Read more...

Very dry eyes when I don't wear contacts. Why is that?

Dry eyes. Dry eyes can be caused by a number of problems including excessive use of smart phones, computers, medications, air conditioning, hormonal fluctuations. Keep a diary of your symptoms, that will help to pin point the cause. Try using artificial tears. If that does not help see your ophthalmologist to get a thorough examination. . Read more...

Have dry eyes only when 1st waking. I use 1 drop travatan z in p.M. & wear contacts during day. What drops could I safely use for dry eyes.?

Non preserved best. For daily use, preserved artificial tears, of which there are many, work well. Eyemds like the refresh brand given its long track record (no financial interest. Use no more than 4x/d as they have a preservative that can cause an allergy. Nonpreserved at are best as no preservative present, can be used as often as needed, though cost more. Read more...
Artificial tears. See an ophthalmologist for complete evaluation. Read more...
Dry eye. I would try refresh or systane eye drops during the day and ointment at night. Warm compresses and fish oil supplements can also be beneficial. Read more...

I have very dry eyes, especially at night. Can't wear contacts any more. Have seen opthomologist, tried drops, etc. I'm 53 and have ra. Need solution.

Lacrimal plug. You should see an ophthalmologist who inserts punctal lacrimal plugs. This plug is easily inserted into the lower punctum under topical anesthetic drops. The plug stays there permanently and prevents normal tears from draining into the nose and throat. Thus the normal tears bathe the eye constantly. It is removed only if you rub your eye. Read more...
Dry eye. See a dry eye specialist to consider Restasis and punctal plugs. This may help your contact lens intolerance and dry eye symptoms. Read more...

What could cause severe dry eyes? My eyes have been really dry for the past couple of weeks, and I don’t know why. I haven’t started any new medications, I don’t wear contacts and I don’t have any allergies. So what could be causing this?

Dry . Dry eyes can be caused by numerous things. A complete eye exam is necessary to determine the causes. Usually artificial tears and lid hygiene will help to reduce your dry eye symptoms. If all the above fails, consider placing punctal plugs in your eye to reduce dry eye symptoms. Summer is starting and california is a dry climate. This can make dry eye worse. Try over-the-counter artificial tears first and see if this helps your dry eyes. Read more...
Dry eye. New onset dry eye needs evaluation by a cornea specialist. You may have an undiagnosed autoimmune disease or eye disease which needs treatment. Read more...

Have severe dry eyes (daily restasis + eye drops). Want to wear contacts more often but right eye hurts after 2 hrs. What are my options?

Dry eyes on drops. For severe dry eyes a rheumatologist might help further with systemic medication, punctal plugs to keep eye drops on the surface and gas permeable contacts might help as well. Read more...
Dry eye. If you want to wear contacts, i would consider lower and possibly upper punctal plugs to increase your tear film. I would continue frequent artificial tears and Restasis as well. I would also change to acuvue oasys, proclear, or daily soft contact lenses. Read more...

I have excessive dry eyes from sjrogrens sydrome. I use eye gel drops w/ no help & wear contacts. I blink so hard I have premature wrinkles below eyes.

Tough disease. This is a tough one to deal with. Sjogren's disease is defined by its dry eye and mouth. Contracts cause more drying by their nature of reducing the permeability of tears. You can add punctal plugs to your regiment, daily preservative free tears and consider Restasis as a medication intervention. Read more...
Stop. The contacts. Try punctal plugs and restasis, or, mild steroid drops. Read more...

I have really dry eyes. I drink a lot of water and I wear daily contact lenses most days. My eyes are constantly dry and itchy. Why?

Use artificial tears. It is common for contact lens wearers to complain of dry eyes. To improve your symptoms: use artificial tears to lubricate your eyes a few times a day, take breaks from reading and increase blinking, don't wear your contacts in dry environments (airplane), avoid sleeping or napping in your lenses. If the symptoms persist consider changing your contacts to a more oxygen permeable material. Read more...

What is the best contact lenses if dry eyes?

Dry eyes. Proclear lenses seem favoured. Talk to opthalmologist to choose best remedy. Read more...
Contacts for dry eye. I like either oasys or proclear lenses for dry eye patients. Read more...