We know how it goes: you’ve had a busy day at work, you get home and lie down on the couch to rest, and next thing you know, you’ve fallen asleep with your contacts in. When you wake up an hour later, your eyes feel drier than the Sahara desert, and your contacts feel stuck to your eye.
We’re not going to lie: sleeping with contact lenses is not a good idea. But before you freak out, let’s learn the facts around why you shouldn’t sleep with contacts and what to do if you accidentally doze off without removing your lenses.
Keep reading to find out.
Why you shouldn’t fall asleep with contacts in
Sleeping with contact lenses means more than just dry, sticky eyes — it poses a significant risk to your eye health. Wearing contact lenses while sleeping is one of the highest risks for developing an eye infection. Sleeping with lenses in — whether occasionally or regularly — can increase your risk for eye infections by 6–8 times.
The cornea is part of the eye’s defense against contaminants. However, it requires oxygen and hydration to help keep your eyes healthy. When you’re awake, blinking helps keep your eyes moist and oxygenated, but the supply significantly decreases when you sleep.
Without adequate oxygen, the cells in the cornea lose their ability to fight bacteria effectively. This can lead to serious eye conditions such as bacterial keratitis, acanthamoeba keratitis, or fungal keratitis.
It sounds scary because, frankly, it is. The CDC released a report detailing numerous horrific stories of teens and adults who slept in their contacts and severely damaged their vision. Sleeping with your contact lenses drastically increases your risk of infection, even if you don’t immediately feel discomfort.
What to do if you fall asleep with contacts in
So what do you do if you accidentally fall asleep with your contacts in? First, don’t panic. Next, remove them immediately. Taking out your contact lenses as soon as possible can help reduce your risk of infection. Your contacts may feel like they’re stuck to your eye, in which case you can use a few drops of contact lens solution or eye drops, blink a few times, and then try again.
If you use daily contacts, be sure to throw them away after your nap — even if you’ve only worn them for a few hours.
Wear glasses for at least a day after to allow your eyes to rest and breathe again. Most importantly, be on the lookout for any potential signs of infection such as redness, discomfort, teariness, etc. If you notice something strange, get in touch with your eye doctor immediately.
The best choice of contact lenses
Without a doubt, daily contacts are the best choice for your eye health. As mentioned before, if you do happen to sleep with your contact lenses in, you must remove them immediately and throw them away.
Thankfully, when your contact lenses are as affordable as Aveo daily contacts, you won’t have to think twice about throwing out a pair for the sake of your eye health. Aveo always puts your eye health first, with contacts that are specifically designed to retain moisture and oxygen in your eyes.
3 Better Contact Lens Habits You Should Practice
People who have been wearing contact lenses for several years can become blasé about taking care of their lenses, especially if they’ve never experienced anything worse than dry eyes or mild discomfort. However, just because you can’t feel the damage that may be happening to your eyes due to negligence doesn’t mean that it isn’t there.
In fact, in a study by the CDC, 99 percent of contact lens wearers admitted to at least one bad contact lens habit, including swimming or bathing with contacts, cleaning their contacts with tap water, not washing their hands before inserting, or reusing contact lens solution.
Instead, here are three things you can do to promote better contact lens habits:
1. Wash your hands before handling your contacts.
No exceptions! Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and warm water before putting in and removing your lenses. Washing your hands before touching your contact lenses is the first defense against bacteria and infections.
2. Only use contact lens solution to clean your contacts.
We don’t want to see any tap water or *shudder* licking your contacts here!
Contact lens solution is the only effective and sterile way to clean or rewet your contact lens. If you find yourself without contact lens solution and you need to remove your contacts, the only options are to throw them out or immediately find contact lens solution. Sorry, it’s what’s best for your eye health!
3. Choose contact lenses that optimize your eye health.
Not all contacts are made equally, and the first pair of contacts you try may not be the best option for your eye health.
When choosing contacts, there are specific things to look for, including lens material and technology that will increase oxygen and moisture and ultimately promote your eye health.
Aveo daily contacts are not only the easiest and most affordable option for contact lenses, they’re also the best option for your eye health. Aveo lenses include:
- AquaLock: AquaLock creates a cushion of hydration against the surface of your eye and keeps your contacts 96% hydrated even after 12 hours of wear — and it’s integrated right into the lens, so it won’t wear off or dissipate like a coating.
- BlissEdge: BlissEdge is a dual-tapered edge design that allows the lens to sit comfortably on your eye with no friction or drag. And every time you blink, our BlissEdge design swaps water and oxygen under the lens for fresh moisture and oxygen from the air so that it feels like you’re not wearing contacts at all.
- UV protection: Aveo lenses have built-in Class II UV blockers that protect your eyes from approximately 97% of UVB and 87% of UVA radiation, whether it’s coming from the sun or a mobile device screen.
At the end of the day, the safety and health of your eyes come first. What may seem like minor bad habits, like sleeping with your contacts, can have detrimental consequences. Practicing good contact lens care and choosing the best contacts for your eyes will go a long way in ensuring your eyes are healthy and happy.
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