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How long do you keep your contact lenses in?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Sep 28, 2013.


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    On average how long will you keep your contact lenses in before taking them out? I generally take them out every night but with a new pair I have right now I've gone 3 days with them in with no problems.
  2. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    Hum, weeks?
  3. Dale D Dilly

    Dale D Dilly Monster

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mine are supposed to be able to stay in for a month at a time. I usually wear them less than a week at a time. My eyes just get too dried out and irritated after five or six days. I could probably fight the problem with eyedrops, but it's just as easy to pop them out for a few days each week.

    I'm fairly new to contacts and I have to say that they're really awesome and they really suck. For now my vanity and level of activity win out over comfort, but that could easily change a few years down the road.
  4. Uncle K

    Uncle K The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    I used to leave mine in for 2 days, but about 4 years ago Doc said I can't wear them anymore.

    I knew a guy that served a 90 day jail sentence and claimed to leave his in the entire time.
  5. LowLife350


    Jun 28, 2012
    Troy, New York
    Wore contacts for almost 20 and developed really bad habits. I would often only take them out every month or two. It really is a bad idea, regardless of the type of contact.

    Was fortunate to still have healthy enough eyes for lasik surgery three years ago.
  6. I think I might be coming up to my 3 year anniversary with my current contacts that I was only supposed to wear for a month. So there's that.
  7. karl_em_all


    Jul 11, 2013
    Dimension X
    Well it's about time there was a 'bass players who wear contacts' thread. I take mine out every night before bed.
  8. I take mine out every night and put them in every morning.

  9. refbassist


    Mar 3, 2007

    They said i'm supposed to keep them for a month but i change them at least once a year.
  10. My eyes get extremely irritated so I try to only wear them for as much time as I need to. Typically though, I'd say anywhere from 8-14 hours at a time. I've often thought about getting the daily contacts that you can just throw out when you're done.

    I had some friends in college who would just wear their contacts for a month straight without taking them out, and this was before they made contacts designed for that kind of thing... couldn't imagine doing that.
  11. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I wear mine 12-15 hours per day. They come out every night and soak in Clear Care.

  12. gavinspoon


    Feb 11, 2008
    Cardiff UK
    Careful with wearing contacts for longer than recommended.

    The cornea needs to absorb oxygen directly from the air. Some contacts let oxygen through and some don't if you wear the non-permeable ones for too long you'll mess up your eyes.
  13. mkandolf


    Nov 21, 2007
    Saint Clair, MI
    ^ This

    Put mine in at 5 in the morning and take them out at 10 or 11 at night so I have them in for 18 hours/day. My eye doc said at one time the blood vessels in my eyes were starting to grow toward the pupils (which is a bad thing) to get oxygen to that area of the eye. We switched contacts and I watch when my eyes start feeling dry now. On weekends I don't wear them as long or even wear my glasses instead.
  14. Every day. If I don't I wake up barely able to open my eyes & can't see a damn thing when I do. Dry eyes suck w/ contacts & I generally wear glasses, anyway.
  15. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    "Every waking hour."

    I've been known to drift off for a nap for maybe an hour but I do not sleep in them on purpose.

    I need a lot of correction so they're thick and even with improved materials, I worry about oxygen permeability. Materials get better all the time and what I can get today is much more comfortable for long-term wear than even just a couple of years ago. But I'd still never do an overnight's sleep on purpose.
  16. jazzy grille

    jazzy grille - Arrogant Bastard

    Aug 15, 2006
    Sarasota, Florida
    Every night.

    Can't stand sleeping in them.
  17. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    They make breathable contact lenses now.

  18. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    my oxygen-permeables last me about 3 weeks on average. if they start to hurt i exchange them.
  19. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    I wear breathable lenses. Air optix something something.
  20. I wore mine for about three weeks in a row one time and ended up with an ulcer on my cornea. It was the most pain that I have ever felt in my life.


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