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What Are the Effects of Wearing One Contact Lens?

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When you get up in the morning, do you ever find yourself spending too much time searching for your contacts? If you don’t keep them in the same place each night, it can be challenging to track them down. Wearing contacts the appropriate amount of time as recommended by your eye doctor is paramount for your vision, so not knowing where your contacts are can be worrisome. 


Perhaps, you can only find a single contact lens, and if so, you might be wondering, ‘What are the effects of wearing one contact lens?’ Let’s take a look and see when wearing one lens could be considered okay. 

Is it bad to only wear one contact for one day?

Whether wearing one contact lens for a day is harmful to your eyes depends on your prescription. If you require corrective vision in a single eye, it’s not uncommon to wear only one lens. However, if you need two contacts but are wearing one contact lens temporarily, you may experience vision loss symptoms in the unprotected eye.


Keep in mind that some people need a different prescription for each eye. This is called monovision, and it means using a lens for up-close vision in one eye while having one for distance vision in the other. Many people with presbyopia utilize this type of eyewear, and if this is you, and you only have vision loss symptoms in one eye, there’s no need to get an extra contact lens. 


Wearing one contact lens for distance and not using anything for near vision isn’t bad if you don’t have issues seeing things up close. Just remember to give your eyes the vision correction they need, whether it’s in one eye or both. 

What are the effects of wearing one contact lens?

Wearing contacts in one eye only can impact your eyes if you’re not doing it right, so be sure to abide by your optometrist’s recommendations. During your contact lens exam, they may give you best practices for wearing this form of vision correction, and one of them might be what to do if you only wear one contact regularly or if you misplace one by accident.  


So, what are the effects of wearing one contact lens?


  • Many of the symptoms you had before getting proper vision correction can return in the unprotected eye, including blurry vision and trouble with depth perception. 
  • You may have issues with your near vision, preventing you from reading small text close to your face (assuming the dominant, protected eye has a prescription for distance vision).

Summary: Is wearing one contact lens temporarily okay?

Using a single contact lens won’t hurt your eyes if that’s what your prescription calls for. For instance, if you wear monovision contact lenses, and you only have vision issues in one eye, you may need one lens. However, if you’re not wearing both contacts because you lost one of them, you may experience vision loss symptoms in the unprotected eye.  


What are the effects of wearing one contact lens? Blurry, distorted vision and other side effects of uncorrected vision can return. Your near vision might also be impacted if you need two monovision contact lenses but are only using your lens for distance vision in the dominant eye.


The key to contacts is using them as your eye doctor suggests. Protect your eyes and vision by wearing your lenses per your prescription. You’ll be happy you did. 

For more information on contact lenses, schedule a contact lens exam with our optical team today. Many of our optometrists are open on Saturday or Sunday to accommodate your schedule.

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