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Can I sleep in monthly contacts?
well my eye doctor said i cant sleep in them or i would get this cornea ulcer or whatever for 10x chance of getting it but would i be able to take a nap in them? less than 4 hours? please thanks (im a beginner on contacts)

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asked May 24, 2017 in Health by jekin

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It is always better to remove your contact lenses when you sleep.
You deprive the eye of much needed oxygen and this can cause permanent damage to your eye.
There are other very serious complications which can occur - such as cornea ulcer - or having your contacts move back in your eye and the result can be surgical removal of the contacts - eeuuu!
So take five minutes, prepare them for storage, put them away safely soaking, and have a nice nap.
answered May 24, 2017 by Pat
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do you wear monthly contact lenses that you sleep in?
can you recommend a good brand? i am thinking about trying the air optix brand.
answered May 24, 2017 by Todd Shimamoto
I used to wear pure vision toric but they were backordered when I got my newest prescription so they gave me a air optix to try and I loved them so much that I told them to cancel the order for pure vision and changed to air optix.  I don't wear mine overnight though but they are the only contact lens that feels the same to me in the morning as the night and the only toric I have ever worn that doesn't move....LOVE them!
I'm going to be a total buzz kill here so I apologize in advance. I work in ophthalmology. Yes, contact lenses have come a long way over the years in becoming more air permeable however I really, really advise against sleeping in them. A contact lens is still a type of material that covers the surface of your cornea depriving it of much needed oxygen. If contacts are worn for extended periods of time then the vessels begin to branch out in search of oxygen. This is called neovascularization. Your eye can become covered with red vessels which can ultimately lead to you not being able to wear contact lenses at all. I've seen it happen. I am pro-contact lenses but like with all good things in life - use them in moderation. Give your eyes a break- especially at night. Popping in a pair of lenses and wearing them for a month solid is just not that healthy and may give you problems you don't need in the future. I'd much rather use them in moderation and be able to continue to do so for years to come than to overwear and cause problems for myself. This is just my opinion. Good luck!

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