TL;DR: Dry eye symptoms are common in half of all contact lens wearers. Increased at-home compliance with a dry eye therapy effectively improves symptoms and overall wellbeing. Poor patient compliance has remained the #1 complaint of eye doctors – but with a user-centric approach to wake up and wind down rituals, at-home routines can effectively improve symptoms, overall wellbeing, and compliance.
This week, we’re exploring the relationship between contact lenses and digital strain symptoms – including dry eyes, poor sleep and stress – and an at-home routine to help patients feel better.
Do patients ever come into your clinic and comment on how their contact lenses are “Drying their eyes out”? Or how they have to take their contact lenses out earlier and earlier in the day lately? Or maybe that they are rubbing their eyes to try to improve that dry, scratchy feeling in the mid-afternoon?
Not to mention, we all care to some degree about our appearance, and for some wearing contact lenses means feeling good about themselves and improving their self esteem.
It’s a common complaint, particularly for those having to use screens for much of their day. These types of digital eye strain symptoms can set in after only 2 hours of using digital devices. Regularly wearing contact lenses can exacerbate those symptoms.
We have known for decades that contact lenses can cause dry eye symptoms.
Eye discomfort and dryness are particularly common in regular contact lens users, with approximately 50% of wearers reporting these symptoms.
Alarmingly, this is at least double that reported by subjects of similar age who do not use contact lenses.
These symptoms are also more commonly reported later in the day, which may be consistent with some of the patient concerns listed above.