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Contact lenses can get dried out and uncomfortable when worn for a prolonged period, but the challenge is exacerbated when combined with alcohol consumption. Here’s the reason:

Alcohol causes dehydration

It dries out your entire body, including your eyes. Some people already have dry eyes and adding alcohol consumption to it aggravates the discomfort. Contact lenses need moisture to stay on the eyes, without the moisture the lenses will itch.

Not sure if alcohol is the culprit? Here are some symptoms of dehydration to look out for:

  • Thirst
  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Sleepiness or tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • A decrease in urine production

Also, those that take alcohol sometimes are smokers or hang around those that smoke. Smoke increases the risk of dry eye syndrome and other eye problems.

What you can do

Here are some tips for relieving dry eyes caused by alcohol use:

  • Drink lots of water.
  • Reduce your alcohol intake
  • Just take out the contacts
  • Avoid smoking
  • Use contact-safe rewetting drops
  • Ensure the contacts are not being used outside of their expiry date.

Always discontinue contacts once they are past their expiry date. Don’t keep them on for too long and take care of other aspects of your health that can affect your eyes. Contact us for more helpful information on taking better care of your eyes.