Modern contact lenses offer you an option extended
wear contacts. This is very appealing for busy
people – no cleaning fuss and your vision is perfect
even if you got up in the middle of the night.
However, if you choose extended
wear lenses, you should be aware of certain risks.
You can only wear at night lenses
that are specially designed as extended wear. These are
contact lenses with more oxygen, such as Focus
Night and Day or Acuvue lenses.
Focus is FDA approved to be worn up to 30 days in a row
and Acuvue up to 7 days. Wearing other lenses that aren’t
designed as extended wear overnight puts you in a great
risk of infection.
If you feel discomfort or
irritation, you should take your lens off and give
your eyes a break
Never wear your lenses for
longer than the period recommended by your eye doctor
Visit an optometrist at least
once in 12 month, but better once in 6 months
If you had to take your lenses
off, don’t put them back on unless you give
them a very good clean and rinse
Give your eyes at least one
night break before replacing the lenses
Regardless the FDA approval for
extended wear contact lenses, many doctors would not recommend
them for their patients. What attracts you to overnight
wear lenses? If it is no need for cleaning, then you might
consider wearing daily disposable contacts. Daily
disposables offer the same benefits, without the risk
for your eye health.