Post # 1
Okay, so I finally went to the eye doc to inquire about switching to soft contact lenses. I currently wear rigid gas permeable lenses (RPG) and have for 15 years. I like pretty much everything about RGPs except for the discomfort and pain that that can be pretty common with these kinds of lenses, especially when something gets in my eye. She gave me a pair of Accuvue 2 weeks soft lenses to try out for a few days.
The good news is that my doc said I can wear soft lenses just on my wedding day if I want to avoid the possibility of anything seriously irritating my eye with my RGPs. My debate is whether to make a permanent switch to soft lenses. One thing I like about my RGPs is that I sleep in them a lot (even though I know that’s a big no-no) and have never had any problems from doing that. I’m afraid I won’t be able to do that with soft lenses. My doc said she wouldn’t even want to give me the type of lenses that are made for overnight use because she doesn’t like them.
So do any of you often sleep in your soft lenses even though you’re technically not supposed to? If so, how do they feel the next morning…do you just put some eye drops in and they’re fine again? Any information is appreciated!
Post # 3
I wear soft contacts, the 2-week disposable kind. Honestly, I’ve only slept in mine once over night and it wasn’t great. My eyes were so dry and red the next day, I had to wear glasses for the rest of that day. Even if I nap in them for a couple of hours, my eyes get pretty dry. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend sleeping in soft contacts.
Post # 4
Sleeping in soft contacts is a HUGE NO. FI, as well as my college roommate, used to do this all the time. They both got pink eye constantly and didn’t put two and two together. They both later found out that sleeping in their contacts causes conjunctivitis. GROSS.
FI used to sleep with his contacts in every night and now he has eye problems because of it.
It only takes two seconds to take them out…
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
I’ve worn soft contacts for years, and to be honest, even though this is, I’m sure, BAD TO DO, I sleep in mine all the time. I rarely take them out.
So yeah. :p
Mine now are actually are ones for astigmatism, so they’re almost like a combo between hard/soft, and they’re not as comfortable to sleep in as the for real soft ones. So, you should be fine.
(Even though nobody’s supposed to sleep in contacts. lol)
Post # 6
I am a big huge grump if I sleep with my contacts in. They get really dry and itchy and my eyes burn, so it’s not a good way for me to start the day.
Post # 7
I use the Accuvue Oasis kind, and I’ve never had a problem sleeping in my lenses. I don’t do it on a regular basis, but maybe once or twice a month I’ll fall asleep before taking out my lenses. I just use the Bausch and Lomb contact rewetting drops and they feel good as new. 🙂
Post # 8
I wear soft contacts, and wouldn’t recommend sleeping in them. My brother used to sleep in his all the time, and the morning of his wedding woke up with an eye infection. I’ve never worn hard contacts, so not sure how they compare, but I really like my soft contacts, just gotta be good about taking them out before bed.
Post # 9
I have been wearing soft contact lenses for a number of years now. Like others have said sleeping in contact lenses is a really bad idea. I just started using the daily contact lenses and I highly recommend it. That way you do not have to worry about keeping the same contact lenses for two weeks or more. Also my eyes were sensitve to the weeklys and I hated them. I got an ulcer in my eye once and let me tell you that was not fun!
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent
Did you know that there are 4 Bee optometrists?!
As one of them, I’ll chime and and agree with most of the comments here- sleeping in your contact lenses greatly increases your chances of getting a sight-threatening (and ugly!) eye infection.
I fit many of my patients who are used to sleeping in their contacts in daily disposable lenses (you wear them once and throw them away). The convenience of not needing cleaning supplies and lens cases helps them to break the cycle of sleeping in their contacts… you could ask your optometrist if these might work for you.
Post # 11
I wear soft contacts every day (acuvue 2). Don’t sleep in them! There are lots of things that can go wrong, but mostly it is just terrible to wake up with dry/irritated eyes.
@july112010- I got a corneal ulcer too! This was back when I was in college, and I thought it was just some irritation or pink eye, but my eye got sooo big like quasimodo and it was totally painful. I had to go to the ER at 3 am. Wearing contacts 24/7 doesn’t allow enough oxygen to get into your eye.
Post # 12
I used to sleep in my contacts all the time in college and never really had a problem. No eye infections, nothing. I’d take them out and rinse them if they felt dry, but *shrug* it wasn’t a big deal. HOWEVER, I can’t sleep in my contacts anymore. It may be because I’ve changed brands, but now sleeping in my contacts makes my eyes SO dry and red. Even taking a nap in my contacts can be really irritating now.
I’ll agree that your eye doctor knows best when they rec. not sleeping in them, but it’s different for everyone. Some don’t have any trouble at all and some can’t take it.
Post # 13
DON’T SLEEP IN THEM UNLESS YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO! You are told this for a reason and not because your optometrist is trying to make your life a pain.
That aside, I know the Acuvue Oasys over here are liscenced for you to either wear as a fortnightly replacement or sleep in them for one week. I’ve worn monthly replacement soft contact lenses for 10 years, occasionally I’ve accidentally fallen asleep in there and I wake up with really dry eyes that are a bit red. I just leave them out for a few days so my eyes recover and then start up wearing again.
Post # 14
@jacqi they are so horrible! I didnt get a swollen eye but I caught it very early. I my eye felt like something was scratching it and I noticed a tiny white spot, turns out it was an ucler. I am really clean about everything with my contacts, but I do not think keeping on pair of contacts for weeks is a good thing. I totally prefer daily.
Post # 15
My FI sleeps in his soft contacts for months – changes them and does the same thing over again and has NEVER had any eye problems! (He has been doing this for 8 years)
Post # 16
I wear the Night and Days, which I think they renamed to something but I can’t think of what it is right now! You can wear them at night but they do dry out a bit and when I did wear them at night I used to have to put drops in at night. Honestly, I’m getting kind of sick of them because my eyes have become extremely easy to irritate, like a tiny piece of dust makes my contacts go insane! I used to be really good with soft contacts though and I think they would probably be better than the hard ones since they breathe more.