Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes

Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes at Austin Vision Center

Dry eyes can be an unpleasant condition you don't have to put up with. For those who need corrective lenses, this may be an issue, especially for those who prefer to wear contacts. You can wear contact lenses with dry eyes. Set up an appointment with us at Austin Vision Center to get your vision tested and to be fitted for contact lenses. Below are types of contact lenses that work with dry eyes.

woman putting in dry eye contacts

Types of Contact Lenses That are Best for Dry Eyes 

If you suffer from dry eyes, don't let that prevent you from enjoying the benefits of wearing contact lenses. There are several types of contact lenses that work well with dry eyes. Below are a few of these contact lenses. Make sure to talk about your eye history with our optometrist so that we can prescribe the best type of contact lenses for you.


Scleral contact lenses are lenses that are rigid gas permeable (GP) lenses that are large enough to fit over the corneal surface of your eyes. Having your cornea covered up by these lenses helps prevent your eye's front surface from getting dry. Scleral contact lenses can be custom made to fit corneas that are irregular shaped and can give you vision that is sharper than regular soft contact lenses.


Orthokeratology lenses, also called ortho-k lenses, are to be worn when you are sleeping at night. These are gas permeable contact lenses and help keep your eyes moist. These special lenses reshape the cornea, located in the front of your eyes, while you sleep. This reshaping at night helps correct your nearsightedness and other vision errors. When you wake up, you should be able to go about your day without glasses or contact lenses, which will eliminate your dry eye symptoms. 

Soft Contact  

Soft contact lenses are a very popular type of lenses used by people with eyesight issues. Some can be irritating for dry eye sufferers, so make sure to go over contact lens options with our optometrist. Soft contact lenses that can be worn for long periods of time may irritate your eyes and make them dry out. Wearing daily disposable soft contact lenses can lower your chance of developing dry eyes due to not having protein deposits in the contacts from wearing them for long periods of time.

Schedule an Appointment with Austin Vision Center Today

Contact us today to get an exam scheduled. You can visit us at either our Central or West Austin Vision Centers. For our Central office, call us at 512-477-2282. To set up an appointment through our West office, contact us at 512-258-2282. Get dry eye relief today!

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