Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes

Specialized Contact Lenses for Dry Eye at Eye Care of Virginia

Have you recently sought contact lenses as a discreet, convenient form of vision correction -- only to be told you're a "poor candidate" for contacts due to dry eye syndrome? It's true that standard contact lenses can make dry eyes even drier and more uncomfortable. But it's also true that Eye Care of Virginia in King George and Culpeper carries specialized contact lens options to help you overcome this obstacle. 

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Ordinary Contacts Can Aggravate Dry Eye Syndrome

When we talk about dry eyes, we're usually referring to dry eye syndrome. This problem occurs when your tear film isn't replenished by your tear glands often enough or doesn't contain enough oil to retain the water. Eyes that aren't sufficiently hydrated and lubricated get annoyingly itchy, red, and irritated; their vision may also be blurred from time to time.

How do contact lenses make this worrying scenario even worse? Not all contacts do an equally good job of holding moisture, or of transferring oxygen to the eyes. As a result, your eyes may become even drier and uncomfortable under a pair of ordinary contacts. A serious case of dry eye syndrome makes your corneas more vulnerable to irritation, damage, and infection, so the last thing you want to do is aggravate the problem.

The Best Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes

Back when there were fewer types of contact lenses on the market, dry eye sufferers were often steered toward eyeglasses as a safer, more comfortable vision correction strategy. Today, however, we can offer you many different ways to enjoy the convenience of contact lenses without worsening your dry eye symptoms. Some of the specialized contact lenses we recommend for dry eyes include:

  • Hydrogels - Contact lenses made of hydrogel materials do a superior job of retaining moisture while allowing your eyes to get plenty of soothing, nourishing oxygen.
  • Soft contacts - Specialized soft contacts can offer the greatest possible comfort as they rest on the corneal surfaces. This quality is welcome for anyone dealing with minimal tear film.
  • Scleral contacts - These lenses rest on the white of the eye so they don't rest on your corneas at all. This provides a natural reservoir for moisture.
  • Ortho-K - These lenses are worn only at night, correcting your corneal curvature for clear daytime eyesight. This means no daytime aggravation for your dry eyes.

Get Your Ideal Contacts in King George or Culpeper Today!

Don't let dry eyes keep you from getting your ideal contacts in King George or Culpeper. Call either of our locations for a contact lens exam!

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10:00 am-6:00 pm

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10:00 am-6:00 pm

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10:00 am-6:00 pm

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10:00 am-3:00 pm

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10:00 am-6:00 pm

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Testimonials

Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Dr. Press CARES about his patients, insurance or not AND he is the most thorough eye doctor I have ever been to. The prescription he gave me, made me see correctly, once again, I am so thankful. Dr Press and his staff are great!"
    Katrin H
  • "I'm so glad I changed eye doctors. I had been going to Dr. H by the hospital for a long time and he had given me a prescription for contacts that I tried and tried to wear with no success. Dr. Press gave the right "size" contacts and was able to walk out wearing the contacts with no problem! He has great manners and even took my blood pressure! Glad to have finally found a knowledgeable Optometrist I can SEE in a regular basis."
    Ines P
  • "I recently needed to change my vision prescription and was finally in need of bifocals. I went to see Dr. Miles Press for both convenience (local eye doctor) and because he accepted my insurance. I needed to have vision in my right eye adjusted several times, and several right lenses replaced. Dr.Miles Press worked tirelessly to make sure my vision was correct and I was never charged for each subsequent visit or lens replacement. I've never had an eye doctor like that before, that really cares and is fast and on the ball with knowledge to get you the correct prescription. He also cared that I went with Progressive lenses over bifocals because they provide three fields of view and eliminate the annoying line. To sum it up, an eye doctor that treats you like he would his own family is a rare experience. I will continue to go to Dr. Miles Press as long as he is in business and accepts my insurance. No question."
    Thomas C
  • "I didn't know my vision could change, and I also didn't know that I could see the world more clearly than how I was already seeing it! Dr. Press was professional and very helpful and educating! Highly recommend!"
    Karla N
  • "Dr. Miles Press was very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. He explained a lot about my eye care that no Dr. has ever taken the time to do."
    Wendy S