The Best Contact Lenses For Dry Eyes (or Sensitive Eyes)

Best contact lenses for dry eyes

Do you have dry eyes and want to wear contact lenses? Maybe you currently wear contacts and are sick and tired of them drying out before the day is over. Regardless of your situation, I’m happy to say that you have some great options to choose from! In this article, I’ll review the best contact lenses for dry eyes, including daily, 2-week, and monthly lens options.

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Best daily contact lenses for dry eyes

Dailies Total1 contact lens
Source: Dailies.com

Dailies Total1

Did you know Dailies Total1 has the highest oxygen transmissibility of any daily disposable lens on the market? How about that it contains a water gradient design that is truly one of a kind?

At its silicone hydrogel core, this lens is made up of 33% water content. This water repelling (i.e. hydrophobic) design allows it to provide the front of your eye with superior breathability (i.e. oxygen transmissibility).

On the other hand, its surface is designed to be water-loving (i.e. hydrophilic) and is made up of 80% water content – matching the surface it sits on. In fact, this lens approaches 100% water content at the very front and back of the lens! Overall, this design provides your eye with a very comfortable and smooth gliding surface that lasts all day. As a result, I highly recommending asking your eye doctor about this lens.

RELATED: Dailies Total1 Review

Acuvue Oasys 1-Day contact lens
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Acuvue Oasys 1-Day 

On the other hand, Acuvue Oasys 1-Day with HydraLuxe boasts the second most breathable material of any daily contact lens on the market. It also features HydraLuxe Technology that provides an enhanced network of tear-like molecules that mimic and help support a stable, natural tear film. As a result, this helps minimize friction and maintain moisture on the front surface of the eye, reducing the feeling of dry, tired eyes. Like Dailies Total1, this is another great daily contact lens to ask your eye doctor about!

Note: Both lenses are incredibly comfortable and, depending on who you ask, can be argued as the best contact lenses on the market. With this in mind, they’re also the most expensive! I guess you get what you pay for, right?!

RELATED: Acuvue Oasys 1-Day Review

Best 2-week contact lens for dry eyes

Acuvue Oasys contact lens
Source: Acuvue.com

Acuvue Oasys

Acuvue Oasys is an extremely well designed and comfortable contact lens that comes in a large range of powers. Not to mention, it’s also approved for extended wear (6 nights, 7 days). According to Johnson and Johnson Vision, Acuvue Oasys has never been beaten in comfort after 20 clinical studies.

Personally, I find a lot of patients like this lens because of its comfort and 2-week replacement schedule. In fact, I have a number of patients that wear it for a week, take it out, wear it for another week, then throw it away. All things considered, if you want a lens that is comfortable and proven, ask your eye doctor about Acuvue Oasys.

Best monthly contact lenses for dry eyes

When it comes to monthly contact lenses, all of the options mentioned below are fantastic! Make sure to ask your eye doctor about each one so they can determine which option is best for you!

Ultra contact lens
Source: Bausch

Ultra

First, Ultra has an extremely wettable surface and a lens core that does a great job retaining moisture. Also, Ultra contains MoistureSeal Technology, allowing it to maintain it’s moisture for up to a full 16 hours a day.

Biofinity contact lens
Source: CooperVision.com

Biofinity

Next, Biofinity contact lenses are another outstanding monthly option in terms of comfort. This lens contains Aquaform Technology that minimizes dehydration and provides it with natural wettability.

Acuvue Vita contact lens
Source: Acuvue.com

Acuvue Vita

Relatively new to the market, Acuvue Vita contact lenses are extremely comfortable and gaining popularity among eye care professionals. These lenses contain HydraMax Technology and have an Infinity Edge design to provide you with maximum comfort all month long.

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Whether you’re looking for a daily, two-week, or monthly wear contact lens for your dry eyes, you now have some great lenses to ask your eye doctor about! If you have any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte is an experienced leader with a strong passion for health and wellness education and information transparency. He believes that simplifying health and wellness information helps improve comprehension. This drives greater compliance and better life choices. He is an entrepreneurial professional with a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University. He also completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Illinois College of Optometry. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family, and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.