What are the best eyedrops
whilst wearing contact lenses?
Sometimes after a late-night or a day in air-conditioning your eyes
may be a little irritated or dry. Either way sometimes your eyes need
that little bit of help to make them more comfortable. A quick remedy
if your eyes are feeling irritated are eyedrops.
The most common cause of ocular irritation particularly while wearing contact lenses is dryness. As well is causing ocular irritation, dryness of contact lenses can cause your vision to blur intermittently. You may sometimes find that your vision is fuzzy and you have to blink several times to clear it. Dry contact lenses are also more difficult to remove from the eye and more easily damaged. Both the ocular surface and the contact lens itself can be damaged if the lenses are dry and sticking to your eye. A remedy for this is to insert a lubricating eyedrop into your eye before removal of the contact lens.
If ocular lubricants are only used intermittently, then eye drops such as OptiFree Pro Moisturising drops are adequate, however if you are using drops long-term then you're better having a preservative free solution such as Hylo-Fresh drops. Preservative-free (unit dose) eyedrops suitable for use with contact lenses are brands such as "Refresh" or "Systane" which are usually purchased in a pack of 30 separate vials. These are used once then discarded, however if you are careful you can recap and refrigerate the vial and use it several times before discarding it each night. Another preservative-free lubricating drop available for contact lenses is called Hylofresh. This drop is dispensed from a pump-action bottle containing around 300 drops and once opened can be kept for six months before you have to dispose of the bottle. Lubricating eyedrops can be used many times daily and depending on the environment some people find the need to use them up to four times daily.