Sleeping with Contact Lenses

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Most contact lens wearers know that unless using specific lenses for extended wear, you shouldn’t be sleeping while wearing your contact lenses. However, sometimes even the most experienced wearer can fall asleep with their lenses on at the end of a long day or for an unplanned nap at home or when travelling.

CAN YOU SLEEP IN CONTACT LENSES

Consult your eye care professional if you are considering wearing contact lenses overnight so they can consider whether this is a suitable option for you and discuss with you the increased risk of serious complications (i.e. corneal ulcer) when sleeping in contact lenses.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FALL ASLEEP WITH YOUR CONTACT LENSES ON

If you spend the night having slept while wearing your contact lenses, they may feel a bit more dry and difficult to remove than usual. If you are unsure or you notice any redness, pain or reduced vision, or can’t take your lenses out, seek immediate advice from your optician.

Wait a few minutes before trying to remove your lenses.

Use contact lens rewetting drops if needed. This will hydrate the lens and may allow it to be removed with greater ease.

Leave your lenses out for at least a few hours, checking that your eyes feel and look normal.

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