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As a contact lens wearer, there are a lot of things you have to worry about taking care of your lenses. You need to keep them clean and stored correctly.
Some people don’t like the feeling of having to remove their contacts all the time. But, is it even possible to sleep in contact lenses? In some cases, the answer is yes, but not for all wearers.
So let’s get this concern all sorted out. Read on below and have a clearer answer.
How Long Is One Allowed to Sleep in Contact Lenses?
Some lenses are approved by FDA to be used while sleeping for 30 days but others are not. Doctors however still recommend that if this is the case, you should at least remove it once a week. It is important to follow the directions on the lens care product and to talk to your eye care professional to get the best answer for your situation.
What Happens If You Sleep in Contact Lenses?
Sleeping in contact lenses increases your risk of developing dry eye syndrome, as well as other eye infections. Let’s take a closer look at what risks your eyes will face if you are sleeping in contacts.
Acanthamoeba keratitis is an infection of the cornea that is caused by a microscopic amoeba (Acanthamoeba). This type of keratitis is relatively rare, but it can cause serious vision problems if it is not treated promptly.
Acanthamoeba keratitis most often occurs in people who wear contact lenses. It is thought to occur when the amoeba gets onto the surface of the eye and then spreads under the contact lens. Poor hygiene, such as not cleaning the lenses properly or not disinfecting them properly, can increase the risk of infection.
Sleeping in contact lenses increases the risk of Acanthamoeba keratitis because it provides the amoeba with a warm, moist environment in which to grow.
Sleeping in contact lenses can increase your risk of developing bacterial keratitis, a serious eye infection. Symptoms of bacterial keratitis include redness, pain, and blurred vision. If left untreated, bacterial keratitis can lead to permanent vision loss.
To reduce your risk of developing this infection, always clean and store your contact lenses properly, and never sleep in them. If you experience any symptoms of bacterial keratitis, seek medical attention immediately.
If you sleep in your contact lenses, you’re increasing your risk of developing a serious eye infection called fungal keratitis. This type of infection is caused by a fungus, and it can lead to vision loss or even blindness. Symptoms of fungal keratitis include redness, pain, swelling, and discharge from the eye.
If you suspect you have this condition, it’s important to see a doctor immediately for treatment. In the meantime, remove your contact lenses and do not wear them until your doctor gives you the okay.
If you are not used to having contacts on yet and somehow having to remove them seems to be a hassle for you, consider a trial contact lens. Practice getting used to it or you may consider getting some contact lenses you can sleep in.
It’s Never Advisable to Sleep in Contact Lenses
It is never advisable to sleep in contact lenses as it can lead to serious eye infections. Always make sure to clean your lenses and your hands before touching your eyes. If you must wear lenses to sleep, there are special lenses available that are made for overnight wear.
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