If you have been told to always remove your contact lenses before going to bed for the night by your ophthalmologist, then you have to trust that your eye doctor knows what they are talking about. It is easy to not want to bother taking those lenses out before going to bed as you are tired after having a long day, and you just want to hop into bed and read your favorite book before going to sleep for the night. The same applies if you are dying to have a nap and you just don’t want to go through the trouble of removing your lenses.
However, as tired as you are after having a busy day, you cannot go without removing your contact lenses before going to bed whether it is for the night or for a nap. You are doing your eyes a huge disservice if you don’t remove your contact lenses before going to bed.
How Keeping Your Lenses In Damages Your Eyes When You Sleep
The first thing to remember is that the cornea of your eye needs oxygen to properly function properly. It is not just the sake of your vision, even if it is not perfect, to begin with since you need lenses. But your eyes need oxygen. If you leave lenses in your eyes when you sleep for the night or for a nap, you are denying your corneas of the oxygen they need to function. And that not only causes your eyes to swell up, but it can harm the vision you have and it can increase your chances of developing an eye infection.
Speaking of eye infections, they are very unpleasant. If you leave your lenses in your eyes when you sleep, you are allowing bacteria to breed. And when that happens, you are very likely do develop a bacterial eye infection. You will require antibiotic drops and you may need oral antibiotics too if necessary. However, if you are fortunate enough to not end up with an eye infection, then you will at the very least end up with eye irritation.
Your eyes will dry when you do sleep, and when you leave your lenses in, your eyes will be so dry that it will be painful to remove the lenses after you wake up. You will end up with a lot of irritation from doing so, and your eyes will simply be irritated if you leave your lenses in as it is. They will be red, itchy, and in pain. And that means your irritated eyes will end up distracting you at work because of the discomfort you are experiencing.
In addition to that, you are also taking a big chance that if you remove your lenses when your eyes are so dry from leaving them in that you can cause significant damage to your eyes. That is the last thing you want. The symptoms of damaged or extremely irritated eyes are being extra sensitive to light, having red eyes, producing too many tears, and there is a change in your view. Let’s not forget about the pain you will also be experiencing from leaving your lenses in your eyes for eight hours or even less than that.
However, you may be wondering now why taking naps would be such a bad thing if you left the lenses in your eyes for only 15 minutes.
Why Is It A Bad Idea To Leave Your Lenses In Your Eyes If You Only Take A Short Nap?
The fact of the matter is that even if you take a short nap, you are still allowing bacteria to breed in your eyes. You are still cutting off the oxygen supply from your eyes when you close them while leaving the lenses in. If you keep your eyes closed for just a few minutes with your contacts in, that is when trouble begins. Therefore, yes, you need to remove your lenses before you take a short nap as well.
Yes, it is a lot of trouble to do that as removing lenses is not an easy thing to do. However, in order to keep your eyes healthy, you don’t have any other options if you wear contacts