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Wearing Contacts With Dry Eyes

Dryness is common in contact lens wearers and non-wearers alike. Thankfully, if you suffer from dry eye symptoms when wearing contacts, today there are many lens care products and new types of lenses available, and the right combination of these products often can improve the comfort of wearing contacts. While "contact lenses for dry eyes" is not really a particular type of lens, certain lenses may relieve your dryness. Supplementing your contact lens wear with lubricating eye drops approved for use with contacts also can help. The contact lens cleaning and disinfecting products you use also should be evaluated, as different products may work better to keep your contacts moist and comfortable.
Dangers of Overnight Wear of Contact Lenses

Wearing contact lenses during sleep and poor lens hygiene can lead to vision-threatening eye infections. Studies have found that people who wear their lenses overnight are about 20 times more likely to develop microbial keratitis.

Microorganisms that cause contact lens-related eye infections include Pseudomonas bacteria and a single-cell organism called Acanthamoeba that is commonly found in tap water, swimming pools, hot tubs and other water sources. Cleaning and storing lenses properly using contact lens solutions recommended by your eye doctor is important to prevent microbial contamination of contact lenses and lens cases that increases the risk of infection.