According to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sleeping with lenses in your eyes was the most common offense committed
by contact lens wearers. There’s usually nothing to worry about if you forget to remove your contacts before going to bed for one night. However, making a habit of it can increase your risk of developing eye problems.
Sleeping With Contacts
While you’re sleeping, your eyes are restricted from ambient oxygen exposure, which is essential in maintaining good eye health. Contact lenses block the oxygen even more as it creates a barrier between the oxygen and the cornea. When your eyes don’t get sufficient oxygen, you can experience hypoxia or
oxygen deprivation in that part of your body.
Sleeping with contacts can also increase your risk of developing an eye infection. It can irritate your eyes and harm your cornea, the front surface
of the eye. Contact your eye doctor immediately if you experience signs of infection like reduced vision, watering and discharge.
Contact Lens Wear Tips
Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your contact lenses. Only use contact lens solution for washing and rinsing your contacts. You can remove bacteria and debris from your contact by gently rubbing them.
Remember to replace your contact lens case every three to four months to minimize bacteria. Make sure to store your lenses in a clean case with fresh solution every day. Don’t wear contact lenses while swimming to prevent infection. Lastly, never forget to take off your contact lenses every night