What happens if I sleep in my contact lenses?

The latest research shows that 24% of Australia contact lens wearers leave their contacts in overnight at least once every two weeks, placing them at increased risk of eye infection and ulcers.

Below are 4 reasons why you shouldn’t sleep in contact lenses.

  1. Falling asleep with contact lenses blocks nourishing oxygen from reaching the cornea (the clear tissue on your eye that holds the contact lens).
  2. Rapid eye movement during sleep and build-up of germs and debris from the day increase your risk of infection.
  3. Upon waking, you may experience more eye discharge or ‘sleep’ than normal, the white parts of your eye may appear more red than usual, and/or you may feel mild discomfort or greater sensitivity to light.
  4. Contact lenses can also be more difficult to remove, in which case rewetting them beforehand is recommended.

The simplest way to avoid issues with contact lenses is to follow hygiene and handling instructions carefully, and to have a regular eye health check-up with us. If you are experiencing any issues or problems with your contact lenses make sure to book in an appointment with one of our optometrist and call the team on 9918 0616 for further assistance. We are always here to help!

Beckenham Optometrist has been operating in Avalon for 22 years and our team is passionate about delivering the most comprehensive level of eye care to the community through a personalised and friendly approach. Beckenham Optometrist can be contacted on 9918 0616 or at info@beckenhamoptometrist.com.au.



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