Summary: Contact lenses should not be worn at night. Doing so can cause severe irritation, dryness, and potential infection.
Contact lenses are medical devices that are used as vision correction tools. They function similar to glasses but without the actual physical frame attached. Moreover, they’re a comfortable option that work well for those that live an active lifestyle. But, many people wonder whether they’re designed to allow users to sleep with them at night.
They Won’t Keep Your Eyes Moist Throughout the Night
Unfortunately, the answer is no. Most major brands advise against sleeping with contact lenses as the natural proteins and lipids in your eyes can cause the contact to break down. Moreover, any bacteria trapped in your eye will unlikely be flushed out until the morning. The amount of moisture within the contact lenses, depending on the type of contact, will last for a period of time – this doesn’t count overnight use.
You Face the Risk of Infection
If you are wearing contact lenses overnight, you’ll likely already feeling the symptoms of leaving them on. Dryness, irritation, and the risk of infection are only some of the detrimental symptoms that you’re likely going to feel. Out of all the symptoms, the risk of infection is probably the worst thing that you’ll deal with. For one, if your eyes do get infected, you’re not only missing out on work, but you’ll also need to schedule an appointment with your doctor and be prescribed medication. Moreover, you’re going to have to deal with time it takes for the healing process to complete. Wouldn’t it be easier to simply take them off before bed as opposed to dealing with the consequences and pain of wearing them?