Do you know one-third of colored contacts users fall asleep with colored contacts in?
Scroll down to get to know if it's safe to sleep with colored contacts in, the side effects of sleeping with contacts, and also what to do if you accidentally fall asleep with contacts in.
Is It Safe to Sleep With Your Contact Lenses In? 🤔
Lazy to take your colored contacts off when you are thinking about taking a power nap?
It is not recommended to wear colored contacts while sleeping!
Supposedly, new tear fluid and fresh oxygen are regularly introduced into your eyes as you blink throughout the day to keep your cornea healthy. However, extended hours of wearing block off the fresh tear fluid and oxygen.
Why You Shouldn't Sleep With Contacts in? 🙅
- cornea will not be able to defend itself against microbes or
- cornea will not be able to remove the microbes from your contact lens
- affects the oxygen supply to the cornea, cornea will be in a state of hypoxia
- cornea’s surface might be damaged, affect the cornea's ability to regenerate new cells
Therefore, sleeping with colored contacts can easily lead to various side effects like redness, blurred vision, irritation, dry eye, and keratitis.
What to do if you accidentally sleep with colored contacts in? 😪
First, take the colored contacts out ASAP to let your eyes “breathe”
If you have a hard time taking off the contacts, blink to rehydrate your eyes, in order to take them off easily, else, lubricating eye drops or normal saline would help too
Last but not least, you should let your eyes rest for the rest of the day.
Also, pay attention to your eye condition, and contact your eye doctor immediately If you notice any of the side effects mentioned above.
YOU ONLY HAVE ONE PAIR OF EYES, so please bear in mind that you can only wear colored contacts at most 16 hours per day.
Refer to our wear and care guide to find out more about the right way of handling colored contacts.