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What Happens If You Wear Your Contacts Too Long?

January 11, 2019

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses can be ideal for anyone who wants to see without glasses. However, wearing them for too long can lead to numerous eye-health issues and even problems with your overall vision. So, how long should you wear them for and what happens if you wear contact lenses for too long?

Read on to find out.

How Long Should You Wear Contact Lenses?

Most contacts can be worn for 14 to 16 hours without any issues. However, it’s recommended that contact lenses be removed before you go to bed. Sleeping in contact lenses, even in those that are approved for sleep, can increase the risk of infections and lead to serious eye-health issues.

While wearing contact lenses for up to 14 to 16 hours is a good rule of thumb to follow, how long you can have contacts in may vary from person to person depending on their eyes. For example, if you have dry eyes, you may only be able to wear them for a few hours a day before they start to get uncomfortable.

To keep your eyes as comfortable and healthy as possible, it’s best to remove your lenses earlier in the evening or as soon as you feel discomfort. Doing this can help keep your eyes from getting too irritated or dry.

Wearing Contacts for Too Long: Symptoms

If you’ve been wearing your contact lenses for too long, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision

The longer you wear your contacts, the more likely these symptoms will occur. With that said, you want to take them out as soon as these signs start to become noticeable. Not only will this alleviate some of the discomfort that comes from wearing your lenses for too long, but it’ll also decrease the likelihood of getting an eye infection.

Cleaning Your Contact Lenses

Putting in Contacts Depending on the type of lenses you have, you’ll need to make sure you clean them once you take them out, as well. This is to remove protein and infection-causing bacteria that accumulates on the lenses throughout the day.

Overall, cleaning your contacts when you remove them only takes a few minutes and can help you keep your eyes and your vision healthy.

To help you clean your lenses more effectively each night, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Always wash your hands before removing contacts from your eyes.
  • Always use fresh solution when cleaning your contact lenses. Never use water or any other substance, as this could damage the lenses and lead to infections.
  • Clean your contact lens case with solution every morning and allow the inside to air dry before storing your contacts at night.

Wearing contact lenses for the recommended amount of time and cleaning them after removal are two of the most important things you can do to ensure your eyesight and the overall health of your eyes. However, if you’re tired of reminding yourself to take them out and clean them every night, LASIK eye surgery can help!

For more information, schedule a free consultation with a Kremer Eye Center LASIK Specialist to learn more about our advanced vision correction solutions.

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