Opthalmologist, Ed Lyons, offers a few options to shooters who are short sighted and having problems with their lenses drying out
Q: I’m a contact lens wearer as I’m very short sighted (about minus 4 in each eye) but I’m finding my lenses are drying out and towards the end of the month aren’t as clear as I want them to be. This is, of course, affecting my concentration and therefore my scores. What can I do? (Sarah Jones)
A: Firstly, minus four isn’t as bad as you think it is. I’m minus seven myself and have a patient who is minus 16, so I wouldn’t worry too much there!
It sounds like you’re in a monthly disposable lens. I generally don’t fit these for exactly the reasons you are mentioning. With time, the lenses can spoil and gather deposits such as protein and lipids from your tear film, even with fastidious cleaning.
For most of my clients, I fit them with daily disposable lenses for shooting. They are always fresh and clean, often tend to be thinner and more comfortable too. You can still of course use your monthlies for general use, but switch to the others for shoot days. It’s always a good idea to have some spares in your bag and in the car in case of emergencies.