3 must-have contact lens qualities that will keep the red out

Contact lens manufacturers are continually improving technology in order to provide the most comfortable experience for wearers. Let’s take a look at dry, red eyes and how lens technology is pioneering new solutions in the quest for comfort. As everyone can attest, dry, red eyes can almost make you want to cry. The dryness. The irritation. The blinking.

Here’s the thing: Our eyes naturally maintain a healthy, comfortable layer of moisture. But a number of factors can throw off that delicate moisture balance. Fatigue is one major factor. Airborne irritants like air conditioning, smoke, dust and wind can play a role as well. Even staring at a computer screen deserves some blame (reading this article excepted).

For those who wear contacts, another culprit could cause red eyes: the lenses themselves. General discomfort at the end of the day can mean your eyes aren’t getting the moisture and oxygen they need. To maximize your comfort when wearing contacts, ask your doctor to make sure your lenses have the following properties:

1. High oxygen transmissibility: Silicone hydrogel is an innovative contact lens material. It’s a soft, gel-like plastic that’s used to optimize the amount of oxygen carried to your eyes, so they stay fresh and healthy.
2. Low stiffness: Flexibility and fit enable the lens to better contour to the eye.
3. Long-lasting wettability and lubricity: Ideally, your lenses should stay wet and smooth to ensure your eyes are comfortable all day.

If your current contacts have all of the qualities above, your dryness or discomfort may be due to an ocular surface disease your eye care professional can help you manage.

If your contacts have all these elements, you can thank technology and feel like you aren’t wearing any contacts at all.