How long can I sleep with my contact lenses in?


You're probably wondering whether you can sleep with your lenses in and what the risks are. You should know that sleeping with your lenses in can be dangerous for your eyes. Contact lenses are designed to be worn during the day and taken out at night to allow your eyes to breathe and rest. 

However, there are contact lenses that are specifically designed to be worn at night, called overnight lenses or orthokeratology lenses. These are actually rigid contact lenses that change the shape of the cornea and correct vision during the day and can be worn at night. Note that these lenses are not suitable for everyone and it is important to consult your optician before using them.

If you wear conventional contact lenses, you are strongly advised not to sleep in them. Manufacturers generally recommend that you do not wear them for more than 12 hours at a time and that you do not wear them overnight

Why shouldn't I sleep with my lenses in?

Wearing your lenses while you sleep limits the amount of oxygen your eyes receive. This can lead to eye complications such as infection, irritation or even corneal ulcers

Not a happy thought, is it? That's why it's important to take your lenses out before you go to bed, even if you're tired or don't have much time. Look after your eyes by giving them enough oxygen to rest and recover during the night.

Can I take a nap with my lenses in?

Even if your naps are short, the consequences are the same. In fact, a simple 20-minute nap can damage your eyes if you are wearing your lenses. Sleeping in your lenses can also affect their quality. They can dry out, distort or become dirty if you wear them for long periods of time, making them less comfortable and less effective at correcting your vision.

I've just woken up with my lenses in, what should I do?

Firstly, don't take your lenses out immediately as you risk injuring and irritating your eyes. Instead, take some contact lens solution and gently pour it over your eyes. Do this gently so as not to injure yourself. Wait a few minutes for the saline solution to penetrate and moisten the lenses. If you don't have contact lens solution, take the time to blink your eyes to moisten them. 

Begin to remove your contact lenses by slowly pushing them out. If you have difficulty, don't hesitate to ask someone for help. Once the lenses have been removed, rinse your eyes with clean water to remove any traces of saline solution. It's always a good idea to have your eyes checked by a specialist.

Finally, we strongly advise you not to sleep with your lenses in. Lenses are designed to be worn during the day and taken out at night to allow your eyes to breathe and rest. If you need to correct your vision at night, see your optician to discuss the options available to you, such as overnight lenses. Take care of your eyes by following the manufacturer's instructions and your prescription, because your health is priceless! Don't forget to remove your contact lenses before going to bed, and have sweet dreams!