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Q&A with Dr. Mitchell: Blog 2

Q. Can I sleep in my contact lenses? 

A. Sleeping in contact lenses is never recommended, but we understand that with busy schedules and everyday life, it happens. Sleeping in your contact lenses is not the healthiest approach to contact lens wear, but it can be managed with proper care. There are several types of lens materials that hold up better to night-time wear. Be sure you ask your Optometrist about them if you plan to sleep in your lenses. If you are consistently sleeping in a traditional lens, then the amount of oxygen reaching the cornea (the front “window” of the eye) is reduced.  This can lead to inflammation and/or ulcers that are painful.  In extreme cases scarring can cause a permanent reduction in vision.  If you notice any significant discomfort with or without your contact lenses on, contact an eye care professional for treatment.  

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