09.02.2012

"Avoid sleeping in contact lenses", expert warns

"Avoid sleeping in contact lenses", expert warns

By Alexa Kaczka

Although there are certain types of medical contact lenses available that can correct people's vision overnight, wearers of regular contacts should avoid sleeping in the products, one expert has advised.

Dr Shahzad Mian, a cornea specialist at the University of Michigan's Kellogg Eye Center, noted that the top faux pas among wearers is sleeping in contact lenses.

Even people who use extended wear lenses should take them out before bed and place them in solution, then reinsert them in the morning; they should never be tempted to leave them, he advised.

"When you sleep in your contact lenses, the contact lens itself causes damage to the cornea or the surface of the eye. It gets stuck onto the surface of the cornea, and there's no good interaction between the tear film and the surface of the eye," the expert told Click on Detroit.

As contact lens wearers who sleep in the products are ten times more likely to get an infection than those who do not sleep in them, the simple way to optimal eye health and great vision correction is to only wear them for the manufacturer's recommended period of time, the specialist advised.

by Adrian Galbreth


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