If you spend a considerable amount of time on the computer, whether for work or leisure, you might notice that your eyes feel tired or uncomfortable at the day’s end. As technology becomes more and more prevalent in our lives, the dryness, fatigue and discomfort we feel can actually become quite a nuisance, especially for contact lens wearers.
Using a screen for a prolonged period of time can make anyone’s eyes feel uncomfortable, but because we tend to decrease the rate at which we blink, contact lens wearers are particularly vulnerable to exacerbating these issues.
So is there a solution for contact wearers other than switching to glasses or attempting to blink more frequently? The short answer is, Yes!
Choosing the Right Contact Lens
Of course, there are many holistic options and preventive measures you can take, but choosing the right contact lens from the beginning can have a significant impact on your comfort when you use a computer screen. In a sea of choices, you’ll likely be able to find an option that works best for you, though choosing can be a challenge. Fortunately, Dr. Ryczek provides thorough examinations to help patients figure out exactly which prescriptions will suit both your vision and your lifestyle. There are three main factors to consider when choosing a contact lens that is suited to computer use:
- Choose a moist lens – Generally, contact lenses that are designed to keep eyes moist will be most beneficial to computer users whose discomfort is derived from dryness.
- Choose a sleek design – Seeking out a sleek and smooth lens design can help you combat discomfort related to computer use. Slicker lenses have less friction when moving across the eye’s surface and can reduce that feeling of fatigue at the end of the day.
- Choose something with more permeability – Choosing a more permeable contact lens will allow higher levels of oxygen to reach your eye, which will keep your eyes feeling fresh during prolonged screen use.
Some of these factors might seem minor and can be hard to distinguish because most lenses are designed to be moist and breathable, but every lens is different. With a proper assessment, Dr. Ryczek can help you make an informed decision as to which brand and selection might best suit your needs.
To schedule an appointment with our experienced optometrist and contact lens specialist, call our St. Petersburg office at 727-327-8855 today.