How Long Can You Keep Your Contact Lenses In?

Contact lenses are well-known for their convenience and comfort, but new users often wonder how long can you keep contact lenses in. The last thing anyone wants is to develop sore eyes, irritation or even an eye infection! Different lenses can be worn for different lengths of time so, if you traditionally wear glasses, it can be a challenge to work out how long can you keep your contact lenses in.

how to store  your contact lenses
How to store your contact lenses

How long can you keep contact lenses in?

The appropriate length of time to leave your contact lenses in is often an individual decision. Generally, people should be able to keep their contact lenses in for a day, but there are factors that may affect whether this is possible. Reasons such as dry eyes, excessive sensitivity, or living or working environments can affect whether contact lenses can be kept in for just 10 hours or up to a whole day.

When someone suffers from an eye condition, such as dry eyes, this can make wearing contact lenses a greater challenge. However, there are many contact lenses designed to aid people with specific medical issues, which may be more beneficial to use than ordinary lenses. Ask your optometrist for professional advice if you have risk factors that could affect which type of lenses you require and how long can you keep contact lenses in.

How different types of contact lenses can be a factor

Different types of contact lenses can have different instructions on the length of time that they can be kept in. The general rule is not to keep them in overnight, as it can put you at risk of developing eye infections. However, contact lenses may differ in their advice on how long they can be safely worn during the day, anywhere from 14 to 16 hours is usually harmless. Some types of contact lenses that are designed for continual usage may be worn overnight, but it is important to make sure you are clear on what is recommended for you. Your optometrist is the best person to seek advice from.

Things to consider when wearing contact lenses for the first time

Wearing contact lenses for the first time can take some adjustment and it can take anything from a few hours to several days to get used to them. At Pritchard-Cowburn Opticians, we can provide you with valuable guidance on how long to wear your lenses for the first time to adapt to the sensation of wearing them. During this time, pay attention to how your eyes react to the lenses and watch out for signs of irritation or discomfort. No matter how long you’ve been a contact lens user, any irritation, discomfort or unusual changes should be discussed with a healthcare professional.

Contact us for more information

At Pritchard-Cowburn Opticians, we fit all types of contact lenses and can choose the lenses that offer you the best possible comfort and vision – whether you need to wear them all day, every day or occasionally.

To find out more, please contact our Cardigan based opticians for eye tests Cardigan residents can rely on.