Extended Wear Contact Lenses: Are they Safe?

Extended wear contact lenses

Extended wear contact lenses is the best option for you if you want to wake up each day with a very clear vision. There are two different ways of wearing contact lenses – daily wear, which requires you to remove them before your sleep, and the extended wear, which you can wear even when you are sleeping. Most contact lens wearers would prefer to wear the latter, which is the extended wear contacts, because this will no longer require you to remove the lenses over and over again. But the question that comes to mind is this – are they safe?

Extended Wear Contact Lenses are FDA Approved

Most extended wear lenses are FDA-approved, and therefore, they are safe to be worn even up to seven days, or one week. The newer version of soft contact lenses are made of a silicone hydrogel material, which is considered as “super-permeable,” and are approved to be worn up to a month, or up to 30 days. This 30-day type of extended wear contact lenses is also called as continuous wear contacts. After all the improvements in design and materials of the lenses, it now can be worn safely for up to 30 days, for as long as you can tolerate them.

Minimize Extended Wear Risk

Despite all the improvements, wearing contact lenses during sleep also has a greater risk of complications. To reduce these risks, follow your eye doctor’s instructions when it comes to cleaning, disinfecting as well as on disposing the contact lenses.

If you wear extended wear contacts regularly, you can reduce your risk of eye infections by following your eye doctor’s advice when it comes to lens replacement and care.