Taking out your contacts at the end of a long day can feel like a challenge. And if you're already under the covers when you realize you still have them on, it might start to seem like an unnecessary challenge. What's the worst that can happen? you ask yourself, as you shut your eyes and surrender to exhaustion.
Well, here's the thing. Sleeping in your contacts is actually way worse for your eyes than you can imagine.
Vita Eye Clinic in North Carolina made this crystal clear by posting photos on Facebook of what can happen when you don't take out your contact lenses before bed. The disturbing images show a patient's eye being taken over by a Pseudomonas ulcer. Pseudomonas bacterium "explosively eats away at the patient's cornea in a matter of days leaving a soupy, necrosis (dead tissue) in its wake," the eye clinic's post says.
北卡羅來納州的維塔眼科診所（Vita Eye Clinic）在臉書上發了幾張照片，明確表明睡前不取出隱形眼鏡的后果。這些令人不安的照片顯示，一位患者的眼睛感染了假單胞菌潰瘍。假單胞菌細菌"在幾日內飛速吞噬患者的眼角膜，而后導致組織濃稠、壞死，"該眼科診所的臉書發文如是說。
Pseudomonas ulcers "are a direct result of sleeping in contact lenses," the Facebook post says. Pseudomonas bacterium "is an important cause of ocular morbidity, and its opportunistic characteristics quickly lead to permanent blindness," the post says.
"I sleep in my contacts all the time and I've never had a problem." As an eye doctor, I literally hear this daily..
Patrick Vollmer, the optometrist who treated the patient featured in the post wrote that he'd treated the condition three previous times at the eye clinic the patient ended up at. He urged readers to know the risks associated with sleeping in contact lenses.
The Facebook post says, "'I sleep in my contacts all the time, and I've never had a problem.' As an eye doctor, I literally hear this daily...To be very clear, I don't ever recommend sleeping in any brand of SOFT contact lenses. The risks outweigh the benefits every time. It takes seconds to remove your contacts but a potential lifetime of irreversible damage if you choose to leave them in. People need to see these images and remind themselves/family/friends to also be aware of contact lens misuse."