How long can you keep contact lenses in your eyes?

Generally, it is recommended that you should wear your contact lenses for a maximum of 10-12 hours per day, for up to five days a week. However, to an extent, this does depend on the characteristics of your eyes and the type of lenses that you have.

One of our highly qualified opticians will be able to discuss with you what is best for your individual needs. If you wear your contact lenses for longer that the recommended time, your eyes can become uncomfortable, red and they may even get infected.

It is recommended that you wear your glasses a couple of days a week to ensure your eyes receive enough oxygen to stay healthy. It is possible to have extended wear lenses which can be worn during the day and when you are asleep for up to a week.

Recommendations for how long you should wear your contact lenses can usually be found on the packaging. Although it is best to check with your optician, as they are in the best position to advise you based on your individual circumstances.

If your contact lenses start to feel uncomfortable, you need to take them out as soon as possible, give them a thorough clean and replace them. If you still find them uncomfortable to wear after cleaning, it is best to visit your optician as soon as possible and have your eyes examined, just in case.

It is always recommended to wash your hands when you handle your contact lenses and always clean them in the solution given, never in water.