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How dangerous is it to wear contacts longer than the recommended time period?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Higher risk
More deposits build up on the lens and can irritate the eyes.
Increased risk for infection. More like to tear and potentially cause corneal abrasions. So depends on how you care for them and how long you're supposed to wear them.

In brief: Higher risk
More deposits build up on the lens and can irritate the eyes.
Increased risk for infection. More like to tear and potentially cause corneal abrasions. So depends on how you care for them and how long you're supposed to wear them.
Dr. Robert Chang
Dr. Robert Chang
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Dr. Stephen Khachikian
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depends,
This depends on how long you wear them and how well you clean them. But no matter how well you clean your contacts they accumulate debris over time.
We commonly see contact lens related eye infections. In general wearing contact lenses beyond the recommended time increases your risk of an eye infection, and this can threaten your vision.

In brief: Depends,
This depends on how long you wear them and how well you clean them. But no matter how well you clean your contacts they accumulate debris over time.
We commonly see contact lens related eye infections. In general wearing contact lenses beyond the recommended time increases your risk of an eye infection, and this can threaten your vision.
Dr. Stephen Khachikian
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1 comment
Dr. Jeffrey Gold
Even contacts approved by the FDA for overnight wear should never be slept in. Decreased oxygen to the cornea makes it more subject to new blood vessel growth and infection.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: ?
Don't please.

In brief: ?
Don't please.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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