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What caused my eyes to be sensitive to the light after sleeping in contacts?

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I accidentally slept with my contacts in and my eyes hurt. It is so sensitive to the light. What happened? How to treat my irritating eyes?
asked Oct 22, 2017 in Health by Caroline

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Falling asleep without taking out and rinsing contact lenses is a bad habit. 

Poor lens hygiene will cause eye ailments including microbial keratitis, an infection of the cornea, the clear frontal part of the eye where lenses sit. If it is untreated in time, it can lead to permanent visual damage, and in extreme cases, blindness.

Sleeping in contact will cause red and irritating eyes. As well as sensitivity to light and pain, other symptoms include redness, discharge or watering and blurred vision. All of these will get worse until the appropriate antibiotics are administered. 
 

answered Oct 25, 2017 by Piotr Raszyk
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Sleeping with your contacts, it will prevent the oxygen from diffusing into corneal cells.  Moreover, since nourishment and protection from germs come from the natural tears of the eye. A closed eye with a contact in place impedes fresh tear flow to the corneal cells. Lack of oxygen and tears may lead to short-term problems such as feeling like something is in the eye, blurred vision, red eye, burning, itching or a scratched cornea. More serious problems that may develop over time include abnormal blood vessel growth into the cornea, giant papillary conjunctivitis, or bumps on the underside of the lids causing mucus discharge and irritation. Corneal infection, which can lead to scarring and poor vision, is another possible outcome.

answered Oct 25, 2017 by Vickie Diel

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