There are some certain things that can happen when you go to sleep wearing your daily contact lenses. We all know that one should always remove their contact lenses before going to bed. But yes, there are also occasional naps. And sometimes after a party, you are so tired that you can only think about bed and not really your eyes. Meanwhile, what are the risks you take when you go to sleep while wearing lenses?
Your cornea deserves oxygen and the moment you put on lenses, the cornea already receives less oxygen. Do you go to sleep with your contact lenses in? Then your cornea is getting even less air. According to research done by American Academy of Optometry, it reveals that the oxygen content drops so much that your cornea swells. The smelling isn’t much, but it does cause small gaps between eye surface cells, and bacteria are likely to settle here. This often leads to eye infection.
The possibility of contracting an eye infection increases when you sleep with your lenses in. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that there is an increase in the chance by six to eight times when you don’t take out your lenses before sleeping. In fact, bacteria can easily settle on your lenses. Therefore, when you go to sleep and close your eyes, you basically keep the bacteria against your eyes all night long.
From eye irritation to damage
Even when you are lucky enough not to get infection, your eyes often get quite irritated when you snooze with the lenses still in. Your eyes dry while you sleep, and removing lenses from your dry eyes, cause irritation and sometimes even damage.
Fine, sleeping with your lenses in for eight hours is not a good idea, but can a nap actually hurt so much? Yes, it can, so that is not also a good idea. The moment you fall asleep, your cornea begins to swell a bit. Meanwhile, the longer you sleep the more risk you run. But even during that 15-minute nap, bacteria can collect between the surface cells of the eye.
Fallen asleep anyway
Just as bumping your little toe wasn’t deliberate (but it happened anyway), the same thing can happen with falling asleep with your lenses in. Has that happened to you, and are you experiencing the following symptoms? If so, then it is time for you to contact an eye specialist:
· More tears
· Red eyes
· Pain or discomfort in the eyes
· Change in your view
· Extra sensitive to light