• Can I wear contact lenses with lupus?


    Question:

    I am nearsighted with astigmatism and I used to wear contacts (+6.00). I recently have been diagnosed with lupus and I wondered if it's possible to still be able to wear contacts.


    Answer:

    Yes, you can wear contacts with lupus (a disease that happens when your body’s immune system attacks its own tissues). The only potential problem is that lupus can aggravate dry eye, which can make contact lens wear difficult. Current silicone hydrogel lenses and rewetting drops can often make contact lens wear comfortable with dry eyes. If you develop severe dry eye, then it is possible that contact lens wear will become too uncomfortable.

    Lastly you state you are nearsighted and have astigmatism (irregularly shaped cornea) with +6.00 contact lenses correction. A lens of that power corrects farsightedness only and not nearsightedness or astigmatism. So either you mistyped the contact lens prescription or you are not nearsighted.


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