Eye Drops And Contact Lenses: Can You Use Them At The Same Time?

For the most part, wearing contact lenses instead of glasses is super convenient. Some individuals, on the other hand, report feeling discomfort or dryness in their eyes while using them. If this is the case for you, eye drops may help relieve your symptoms.

There are many different types of eye drops for specific sorts of contact lenses, as well as certain eye diseases, such as dry eyes - when your tears aren't enough to keep your eyes moist.

This article identifies the best eye drops for various types of lenses.

Eye drops for soft contact lenses

There are several varieties of eye drops on the market, both prescription and over-the-counter. Some of these may be safely used by individuals who wear contact lenses, while others are not. It's always a good idea to consult with your doctor or optometrist before putting anything into your eyes.

The following are a number of the various types of eye drops for contact lens wearers that are accessible:

Prescription eye drops

These are used to cure a particular eye problem and must be followed precisely as directed.

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Dry eye treatment

Artificial tears are used in eye lubricating formulations to solve dry eye. Some of them are suitable for wearing with contact lenses, whereas others aren't.

Contact lens eye drops

Rewetting drops are more likely to be required by individuals who wear monthly or bi-monthly contact lenses. This is because deposits tend to accumulate on the lens's surface with frequent usage, irritating eyes. Daily disposable contacts users are less likely to cause eye discomfort and, as a result, require these drops.

What are rewetting drops?

Rewetting eye drops make wearing contact lenses more pleasant. These are clearly identified as being appropriate for soft contact lenses and generally available near the lens cleaning solutions on shop shelves.

These eye drops are used to keep your eyes hydrated. They assist in the removal of contact lenses and lubricate your eyes. The lens can become stuck and vision might get foggy if there isn't enough lubrication.

Rewetting drops can be used as often as needed. To improve comfort, optometrists might recommend that you use rewetting eye drops on a regular basis.

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Eye drops for hard contact lenses

Contact lenses that are gas permeable can last a year or more if properly cared for and given the prescription does not change.

Gas-permeable (hard) contacts can be treated with rewetting drops to remove particles from under the lens and reduce friction against the cornea. Hard contacts can be rewetted with rewetting drops to help extend their wear time by hydrating the eyes' lenses.

How to use eye drops safely

When inserting eye drops into your eyes, make sure you don't touch the dropper tip with your finger or eye.

If you wear contact lenses, you will need to take them out before applying prescription eye drops. After that, you'll have to wait 15 minutes before putting your contacts back in.

While wearing the lenses, refitting or lubricating eye drops for soft and hard contact lenses may be administered to the eyes.

Can you use allergy eye drops when wearing contact lenses?

Some allergy eye drop ingredients may irritate the contact lens and cause it to fail. As a result, over-the-counter allergy eye drops are not advised while wearing contact lenses.

The label of any eye drops you use with your contacts should clearly indicate "for contact usage." If you're not sure, ask your optician.

What eye drops can't be used with contact lenses?

If you have dry eyes, speak to your doctor or optometrist about prescription drops that are meant to be used with contact lenses. Using the incorrect kind of dry eye drops might result in blurred vision and cloudiness of the contact lens.

Artificial tears may also assist in the reduction of red eyes. These drops narrow blood vessels, causing vasoconstriction (narrowing of blood vessels). These types of eye drops can promote the formation of deposits on the contact lens surface, as well as resulting in an increase in redness and discomfort. Contact lenses should not be used with red eye-reducing solutions.