Extended Wear Contact Lenses
One factor to keep in mind when you are buying contact lenses is how long you want to keep them in. If you like to wake up each morning with clear vision, extended wear contact lenses may be the right option for you. Extended wear contact lenses are designed to be worn overnight, usually for seven consecutive days.
What are extended wear contact lenses?
Contact lenses are available in two different wearing schedules: daily wear, which are removed before sleeping, and extended wear, which can be left in overnight. Extended wear lenses are unique in that they are made of a hydrogel material that allows more oxygen to reach the cornea. Some lenses made from this material can even be worn for up to 30 days without removal.
Today, most extended wear contact lenses are disposable; they are designed to be discarded every few weeks. This helps to reduce the risk of eye infections associated with build-up of deposits on the lenses.
Why are extended wear contact lenses used?
Extended wear contact lenses can help people see clearly at all times without the need for glasses. These lenses are ideal for anyone who wants to be able to get up in the morning and not have to insert their contacts. They are especially helpful for people who may have to wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom or tend to their children. With extended wear contact lenses, they do not have to fumble around for their glasses or insert their contacts in an emergency.
Benefits of extended wear contact lenses
People value extended wear contact lenses for their convenience. The ability to wake up in the middle of the night or head straight out in the morning without dealing with the hassle of finding glasses or putting in contacts is a huge asset for people with families and hectic schedules.
Problems associated with extended wear contact lenses
The longer you wear your contact lenses the more likely it is you will develop an eye infection. Despite improvements in materials used to create extended wear contact lenses, wearing them overnight still puts you at a higher risk of complications than removing them daily. You can reduce your risk of complications by following your doctor's instructions for lens replacement and care.
If you are considering a switch to extended wear contacts, schedule an appointment with your optometrist to learn more.