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Extended Wear Contact Lenses

Extended Wear Contacts

What are Extended Wear Contact Lenses?

Extended wear contacts are designed for continuous wear. Unlike other contacts, extended wear contacts can be worn overnight. Some extended wear lenses are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be worn for up to six nights, while others can be worn continuously up to 30 days. They are made from a thin silicone hydrogel material that allows oxygen to reach the cornea. Some extended wear gas permeable contacts are also available.

Caring for Extended Wear Contacts

Since they can be worn for longer periods of time, extended wear contact lenses require less care and maintenance compared to other contacts. However, there are some actions you should take to reduce the risk of eye infections.

  • Remove your extended wear contacts at least once or twice a week before sleeping.
  • Remove your extended wear contacts before swimming or wear goggles while swimming.
  • Don’t wear your extended wear contacts after the expiration date.
  • Discontinue wearing extended wear lenses if your eyes get red, swollen, or irritated
  • Follow your doctor’s recommendations
  • Pros and Cons of Extended Wear Contact Lenses


    • Less maintenance
    • Can wake up with clear vision


    • Higher risk of corneal infection
    • Require regular office visits for follow-up care
    • Requires more vigorous monitoring

    Extended Wear Contact Lenses

    The following contact lenses are approved for occasional overnight wear:

  • Air Optix Night and Day Aqua
  • Acuvue 2
  • Bausch + Lomb Ultra
  • Biofinity Energys
  • Biofinity Multifocal
  • Biofinity XR
  • PureVision
  • Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism
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