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Wearing A Torn Contact Lens
DoWeSeeEyeToEye?: Did it get torn while you were wearing it?? Then, maybe. If not, probably not. But you won't know for sure until someone looks at it. Some clues to a problem are lots of pain, discharge and problems with vision in that eye. Maybe you tore the lens taking it out and you are OK. Are these the long-acting kind? If not, shame on you. All in all, the contact lens is pretty soft so you should be OK. ...Read more
NO!: A torn or damaged contact can injure the cornea without you even knowing it's doing that! Not a good idea! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more
Damage: Eyes need oxygen. Keeping contacts (not the extended wear contacts) in for too long can lead to swelling and blurred vision. Some blood vessels may develop in the cornea that could hamper vision eventually. Corneal sensitivity could decrease & ^ risk for abrasions. There is an increased risk for infections as well. ...Read more
Depends: Many soft lenses are designed to be worn overnight and sometimes several days at a time. Rigid lenses are less tolerant of this and you might suffer oxygen deprivation to your cornea (contact lens overwear). If the eye gets red from overnight use, take the lens out and see your ophthalmologist if the redness lasts to the next day. ...Read more
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