Is it bad to go to bed with my contacts in?
Take an extra few minutes to take out your contact and your eyes will thank you.
The short answer is yes, it is dangerous to sleep without removing your contact lenses. “Contact lenses should not be worn continuously day and night,” warns Michael Goldstein, M.D., M.B.A. is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Tufts Medical Center.
That practice has been shown in numerous studies to be the number one risk factor for developing a corneal ulcer, according to Goldstein, even if you’re wearing contacts that are marketed as “extended wear.”
There are several reasons why wearing your contacts all the time make you more susceptible to this dangerous—even possibly blinding—condition. Dirt or bacteria can get trapped under your lens, irritating the cornea and leading to infection. And having the cornea covered 24/7 with a lens means that the eye doesn’t get as much oxygen, and that can make the cornea more vulnerable to infection. “This is true even with lenses made using the latest, most ‘breathable’ materials,” says Goldstein.
To keep your eyes healthy, you should remove, clean and safely store your contacts every night, and replace them with a new pair as often as your eye doctor recommends (the timeline varies depending on the type of contacts you use).
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I used to wear my contacts all the time because lenscrafters Dr told me wear them for 2 weeks and then throw them away. I would get a lot of eye infections and I noticed that my prescription was changing a lot every year.
I finally found an amazing eye Dr that showed me why its not good to sleep in them all the time and he turned me on to Clear Care. Since I have been taking my lenses out every night and using clear care I havent had 1 eye infection and my prescription doesnt change every year.