Do you wear contact lenses? If so, have you ever slept in them? You may want to think twice before doing so!

Sleeping in contact lenses can be dangerous and can cause a number of problems for your eyes. In this blog post, we will discuss the dangers of sleeping in contact lenses and what happens if you do it. We will also provide some tips on how to avoid these dangers. So, keep reading to learn more!

Can You Sleep In Contact Lenses?

You should only sleep in contact lenses that are designed for extended wear. And, even then, you should get permission from your optician before doing so.

If you wear daily disposable lenses, these should always be disposed of after one day and never worn while sleeping.

Dangers Of Sleeping In Contact Lenses

Sleeping in contact lenses can cause a number of problems for your eyes, such as:

Dry Eye

One danger of sleeping in contact lenses is that it can dry out your eyes. This is because when you sleep, your eyes do not produce tears. This can lead to irritation, redness, and discomfort.

Corneal Ulcers

A corneal ulcer is an open sore on the surface of your eye. This can happen if you sleep in contact lenses that are not clean. If you have a corneal ulcer, you may experience symptoms such as pain, redness, tearing, and blurred vision.

Corneal Neovascularization

Corneal neovascularization is the growth of new blood vessels in the cornea. This can lead to vision problems and pain.

Eye Infections

When you sleep, your eyes do not blink as often as they do during the day. This means that there is less oxygen getting to your eyes and more opportunities for bacteria to grow. Additionally, contact lenses can trap bacteria against your eye, which can also lead to an infection. If you wear contact lenses, it is important to clean them regularly and replace them as often as recommended by your eye care professional.

Discomfort

Another danger of sleeping in contact lenses is that it can be uncomfortable. This is because when you sleep, your eyes do not produce tears. This can lead to irritation, redness, and discomfort.

What If I Accidentally Sleep With Contact Lenses In?

If you accidentally sleep with contact lenses in, there are a few things that you can do.

  1. Try not to panic.
  2. Remove the contact lenses as soon as possible and throw them away if daily disposables.
  3. Rinse your eyes out with water or saline solution.
  4. Clean your contact lens case and replace your contact lenses if they are monthly wear lenses.
  5. If you experience any symptoms, such as pain, redness, or blurred vision, see your eye care professional right away.

Can You Nap In Contact Lenses?

You should not nap in contact lenses for the same reasons you shouldn't sleep in then. If you accidentally nap in contact lenses, be sure to remove them as soon as you wake up and clean them thoroughly or dispose of them.

How To Wear Lenses Safely & Prevent Issues

Asides from removing your contact lenses before going to bed, there are several other things you can do to prevent any eye complications.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before handling your contact lenses.
  • Store your contact lenses in a clean, dry place.
  • Replace your contact lenses as often as recommended by your eye doctor.
  • See your eye doctor regularly for checkups.

Final Notes

Sleeping in contact lenses can cause a number of eye complications, including corneal neovascularization, eye infections, bacterial keratitis, and discomfort. If you accidentally sleep in your lenses, be sure to remove them as soon as possible and clean them thoroughly or dispose of them. If you experience any symptoms, such as pain, redness, or blurred vision, see your eye care professional right away. Regular checkups with your eye doctor can help to catch any problems early.