Sleeping in Contact Lenses?!

Do you sleep with your lenses on ?  You should NOT . But if it happens Don’t panic !  Yes it is not good. And Yes most of us know we should not sleep with our contact lenses on, however its just like one of those things we know we should not do, yet it sometimes happens.

Here is why it is Bad to sleep with lenses on?

The cornea which is the transparent membrane covering the eye gets oxygen form the air. With contact lenses on less oxygen reaches the eyes and With eyes closed even less oxygen reaches the eyes.

In simple terms the result is that the cornea swells up allowing bacteria to penetrate. Your eyes will feel very uncomfortable if you have slept with your lenses.

So Here are some tips on how to remove your lenses if you have fallen asleep with them:

  1. Wash your hands and dry them well
  2. Do not rub your eyes. Rubbing dry contacts will scratch your eye.
  3. Flood the eye with rewetting drops or saline. It may take several applications of lubricant to moisten your lenses again. Be patient and wait for them to moisten before you try and remove them.
  4. If you cannot locate your contact lens. Common spots are the corners of the eye or under the upper eyelid.
  5. Once you have gotten your lenses out give your eyes a break. They need it. Abstain from wearing your lenses for a day or so.
  6. Do visit your eye care professional if your eyes don’t feel right.

Also if you find yourself napping in your lenses frequently do opt for silicone hydrogel lenses. These lenses are designed to allow more oxygen through the eye. Some are even designed for overnight wear.

1 Day Acuvue True Eye  are silicone hydrogel Daily Contact lenses in  UK .

Air Optix Contact Lens in Malta are silicone hydrogel contact lenses . With the Air Optix Night & Day designed specifically for overnight sleep. Even though sleeping  in lenses is not recommended and should only be done with lenses specifically designed for this purpose. It should always be done under strict supervision of an eye care provider.

Enjoy the convenience and buy contact lenses online!

Disclaimer: The author is not an optometrist, optician  or ophthalmologist . This article has been compiled using several internet  reference sources. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. However, this cannot be guaranteed. No brand or product preference is inferred or intended . The contents of this article are not to be used in any way to inform a decision regarding aspects of contact lens use.