Computers are boon due to which they have now become the integral part of this global village. It is estimated that globally over 350 million people use computers daily; either at work or at home. Over 125 million of people wear contact lenses with more than 38 million people in US alone. According to American Optometrist Association; around 70-75% of computer users suffer from eye strain & vision problems. Wearing colored contact lenses may aggravate the condition leading towards dry eyes syndrome if the colored contact lenses are not properly taken care of. Colored contact lenses though directly pose no such health risk for computer users; it is advised to take complete care of your eyes if you are a frequent user of computer.
Symptoms you should look for if you work at computers with wearing colored contact lenses
Since working at computers reduce the eye-blink rate to five times; computers users tend to suffer more from eye strain and dry eyes whilst working at computers with colored contact lenses. Due to concentration required while working at computer people often forget to bat eyes which causes blurred vision and eye strain. As a result people squint eyes more often which thus make eyes feel tired and tauten. If you notice any of the three symptoms below when you work at computer with colored contact lenses then it means you are neglecting your eyes and you fail to take proper care of your colored contact lenses
- Dry eyes
- Blurred vision
- Watery eyes
- Eye strain
- Difficulty batting eyes
- Eye fatigue
- Head aches
- Sensitivity to light
Colored Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes & for Computer Users
It is known that the more the water content of colored contact lenses; the drier they get. Though colored contact lenses with high degrees of water content are comfortable to wear when worn for short durations; it is believed that colored contact lenses with water content above 50% suck up the tears from eyes leaving the outer surface of colored contact lenses dry. Using colored contact lenses with 38% to 40% water content is recommended for people who have to work on computer for longer durations. Colored contact lenses with high water content remain hassle-free and pain-free as long as they are moist but as the day passes the water evaporates. Using re-wetting drops with such colored contact lenses may help alleviate the symptoms.
Here is how to combat dry eyes when working at computer with wearing colored contact lenses. It is mandatory to disinfect colored contact lenses& to wash them regularly because otherwise the protein deposits & bacteria accumulation even add to the eye-strain. Colored contact lenses neither affect vision adversely nor do they make your eyes dry provided you are following experts’ advice & keep the regular visits to your optometrist in your schedule!