Can you sleep in contact lenses? The risk you face by keeping them in your eyes

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on their website: “You only have one pair of eyes, so take care of them. You should enjoy the comfort and benefits of contact lenses while lowering your chance of complications. Failure to wear, clean, and store your lenses as directed by your eye doctor raises the risk of developing serious infections. your habits, supplies, and eye doctor are all essential to keeping your eyes health.”

Healthy habits for contact lenses include:

  • Wash hands with soap and water. Dry them well with a clean cloth before touching your contact lenses every time.
  • Don’t sleep in your contact lenses unless prescribed by your eye doctor
  • Keep water away from your contact lenses. Avoid showering in contact lenses, and remove them before using a hot tub or swimming.

Healthy habits for contact lenses supplies include:

  • Rub and rinse your contact lenses with contact lens disinfecting solution – never water or use saliva to clem them
  • Never store contact lenses in water
  • Replace contact lenses as often as recommended by your eye doctor
  • Rub and rinse the contact lens case with contact lens solution
  • Replace the contact lens case at least once every three months
  • Don’t “top off” solution. Use only fresh contact lens disinfecting solution in your case and never mix fresh solution with old or used solution
  • Use only the contact lens solution recommended by your eye doctor

Dr Nigel Best, Specsavers clinical spokesperson, said: ‘Vision is our most precious sense and the one people fear losing the most.

It deserves care and regular attention. There have been significant advancement in opticians’ ability to diagnose disease and everyone should take advantage of the latest innovations at high street opticians.

Regular eye tests combined with some simple wellbeing habits can help reduce the risk of developing certain conditions and make it more likely that any problems are detected early.”

When it comes to caring for one’s contact lenses, Dr Best said: “Caring for your contact lenses properly is also key to reducing the risk of getting bacteria in the eye which makes it more prone to infection and never leave them in your eyes to shower or swim. 

You should never sleep in your contact lenses unless they have been specifically fitted for use at night by your optician either.

Although your bed may seem more appealing and it may be difficult to remember after a night out, always ensure you take your lenses out with thoroughly washed and dried hands.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also advised: “Visit your eye doctor yearly or as often as he or she recommends.

“Ask your eye doctor if you have questions about how to care for your contact lenses and case or if you are having any difficulties.

“Remove your contact lenses immediately and call your eye doctor if you have eye pain, discomfort, redness, or blurred vision.”

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