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A 23-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get an eye infection from sleeping with your contacts in?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Yes: Major studies have shown that sleeping with your contacts in increases the risk of a contact lens related eye infection.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Not a good idea: Some contacts are rated for 24/7 use, but most are not. These should be removed at the end of each day to give the eye a rest. Infection can set in under a contact lens and sometimes is serious. If you eye gets the least bit red, remove the lens until the redness goes away. Always follow the instructions of your ophthalmologist regarding lens wear.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if I have an eye infection from contacts?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
The white spot: Usually the most common infection associated with contact lens use is the bacterial corneal ulcer. This looks like a small white spot on the corneal surface. This needs to be treated asap to prevent potential vision loss!
A 35-year-old member asked:

Could I have an eye infection from wearing contacts?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Yes: Contact lens wearers get eye infections more frequently than others.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the signs when you get an eye infection?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Discharge & reddness: Symptoms of an eye infection include a discharge from the infected eye (clear or cloudy), reddness, irritation, lid swelling, and/or pain. Some eye infections, if not diagnosed properly, can lead to significant eye problems, including blindness. You should consult your doctor if you notice these symptoms.

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Last updated Dec 8, 2014

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