If you regularly wear contact lenses, there has probably been a time when you’ve fallen asleep with your contacts still in your eyes. Make sure this doesn’t become a habit. Otherwise, you may expose your eyes to certain risks and end up with an eye infection.
Risks of Sleeping With Contacts in Your Eyes
Contact lenses are typically made from a thin plastic material, which doesn’t have breathable properties. By keeping your contacts in while you sleep, you deprive your cornea of receiving the oxygen it needs to remain healthy.
Moreover, due to lack of oxygen, corneas tend to become larger and swell up – a condition known as keratitis. When this occurs, the inflammation produces small gaps across the surface of the eyes. Other symptoms of keratitis or other possible infections include red, irritated and itchy eyes. If you notice something wrong with your eyes, visit your eye doctor as soon as possible.
What to Do if You Accidentally Fall Asleep in Your Contact Lenses
If this happens to you rarely, there’s really no need to worry. Just make sure it doesn’t happen again, or it doesn’t become a more frequent habit.However, if you repeatedly find yourself wearing lenses overnight, you should watch out for signs of infection. For instance, if your eye is often irritated or your eyelid is looking inflamed, you should see your doctor right away. Most of these symptoms are generally considered an acute episode, which can be corrected by not wearing contacts for a while and letting your eye heal itself. In worse cases, your doctor may give a prescription.
Additionally, you might want to consider using U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved overnight contact lenses. This is a good option for those who are prone to taking naps with their contacts still in their eyes. These overnight lenses are typically made from silicone hydrogel, which is thinner than the average contacts. They’re also designed to be worn for longer periods.
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