Contact Lens Overwear

People who wear contact lenses daily for a prolonged length of time (years) are liable to contract Contact Lens Overwear syndrome, which shows up as signs of chronic eye redness, itching, pain, dry eyes, intolerance of contact lenses and blurring of vision. The cornea cells may become oxygen deprived leading to irreversible loss of cells. Any inadvertent injury to the cornea then leads to poor corneal healing or scarring.


Contact lens habits which aggravate the condition are sleeping with contact lens overnight, swimming with contact lenses, wearing contact lenses for more than 12 hours a day and little rest days from contact lenses. 

Eye assessment

If you are a chronic contact lens user (more than 10 – 20 years), you may want to get your eyes checked for signs of contact lens overwear.

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