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Which Contact Lenses Can You Sleep In?

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Were you aware that nearly 33 percent of adults have fallen asleep while wearing contacts? We understand the struggle. After all, who wants to get out of bed and remove contact lenses after forgetting to take them out? 


Sometimes, it feels like removing them when you’re tired can take forever. And other times, you might be so comfy in your bed that you may not feel like it. 


Fortunately, there are some contacts you can wear at the same time as pressing snooze. If you’re curious about which contact lenses you can sleep in, read on to see what our expert optical team has to say. 

Which contact lenses can you sleep in?

While it’s a good practice to remove your contacts at night before bed, there are some that it’s safe to sleep in. Extended wear contact lenses are one of them. They can be worn for more than a day, and many types of extended wear contacts are okay for overnight use. 


Just consider that even if you know which contact lenses you can sleep in, and you may be too tired to remove them before bed, you’ll still need to wash them daily. If you wear your extended wear contact lenses for too long, you can expose yourself to eye irritation and infections.


Also, don’t mistake daily contacts for extended wear. Most daily contacts should only be worn for up to one day and discarded after. It’s not safe to leave them in when you sleep. 


Clean your contact lenses per the directions your eye doctor gives you or what’s on the packaging. As long as you follow the instructions laid out, you’ll be fine. 

How can you treat your eyes after sleeping with contacts?

At some point, you may fall asleep in the wrong contact lenses. What should you do? Pull out your lenses as soon as you realize you passed out in them and take a break from them the next day. Prescription glasses are great to have on hand for times like this. 


If you experience any dryness or irritation after sleeping in contacts, apply eye drops to restore moisture to your eyes. And if you have more severe side effects of sleeping in contacts, such as blurry vision, call your optometrist as soon as possible so that they can examine your eyes up close. 


At most of our locations, we accept walk-ins when our team is available, so if you can’t find an eye appointment time that works for you, come by to see if we can add you to our schedule. Vision or eye issues after sleeping in contacts are serious, and your eye doctor will need to see you right away. 

Summary: Is it okay if I accidentally slept in contacts? 

Don’t stress too much if you accidentally slept in contacts. Just be sure to remove them when you wake up and switch to glasses for a day. That will give your eyes time to recoup when they need it the most. 


But even while we don’t recommend sleeping in contacts by choice, some contacts are safe for this. Which contact lenses can you sleep in? Extended wear is one of them. To avoid the side effects of sleeping in contacts, such as dryness or eye irritation, you’ll still want to remove them every night before bed.


If you have any questions about how to treat your eyes after sleeping with contacts or what to do after sleeping in contacts one night, our eye care professionals are here to help. 

Contact us today to arrange an eye appointment at your nearest For Eyes.

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