Optic Topic

Contact lens safety

Optic Topic by Steven A. Queenan at Regional Eye Optical – Week of August 20, 2017

Chronic dry eye can be so severe that many find it difficult to wear their contacts. However, new advancements in lens technology have led to the development of lenses that help address this problem. To begin with, soft contacts utilize materials that are designed to hold water and allow oxygen to pass through the lenses, giving the eyes a chance to breathe.

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At the same time, it should be pointed out that contacts with higher wetness levels may actually worsen dry eye because they draw water out of the eye to maintain their high wetness level. With this in mind, it is best to find the most appropriate contacts for dry eyes by trying out contacts with different moisture levels.

Silicone hydrogel contact lenses require less moisture than other contacts and allow more oxygen to pass through. Not sure glasses are for you? Ask our staff about contact lenses. Advances in optometry have produced a variety of different types of contact lenses with a range of benefits.

To learn more, please call 320-587-6309. We are located just inside Regional Eye Center at 1455 Montreal Street, SE in Hutchinson, MN. Our business hours are:

Mon. & Thurs. 8:00am – 7:30pm
Tues. & Wed. 8:00am – 5:30pm
Fri. 8:00am – 4:00pm
Sat. 8:30am to Noon (Sept-May)