What are extended wear contact lenses?
Extended wear contact lenses are made from a thin and breathable lens material called silicone hydrogel. Silicone hydrogel lenses allow more oxygen to pass through to the cornea, creating a more comfortable lens wearing experience. Extended wear lenses are thinner than daily disposable soft contact lenses, as a result, this decreases the risk of hypoxia that makes the cornea more susceptible to inflammation and infection. For this reason, extended wear contact lenses can be worn continuously day and night for up to one week without being taken out. Extended wear lenses are suitable for overnight wear, meaning they don't need to be taken out at night.
Extended wear lenses are the perfect option for contact lens wearers who want an easier cleaning and wearing routine, as they do not need to be cleaned and stored every day.
Are extended wear contact lenses safe?
If you’re used to late nights and early mornings with a frequently changing schedule, then extended wear contact lenses will make life that little bit easier. You won’t have to remember to take them out every night and put them back in every morning, saving time and energy.
You must consult your optician for a lens fitting before wearing extended wear contact lenses. Even with permission from your eye care professional, continuous wear of contact lenses can put your eyes at risk of infection. This is because the lens acts as a physical barrier while you're sleeping, stopping oxygen from reaching the eye. This dries the eye out overnight and allows bacteria to potentially grow on the lenses, which can then get trapped between your lens and the eye and cause an infection. However, overnight wear might still be the right option for you, there are a number of different factors that determine if extended wear lenses are compatible with your eyes.
Why should I choose extended wear contact lenses?
Convenience – simply apply your lenses at the beginning of your wearing schedule, then there’s no need to worry about them until the time comes, typically in one week (or 30 days with the specially designed Air Optix Night & Day), to take them out. Perfect if you’re a night owl and/or an early bird.
Comfort – because of the nature of the extended wear contact lenses, which are more porous than daily disposables, oxygen is able to reach the eye and circulate more easily. This promotes breathability and ensures that your eyes feel fresh throughout use.
Cost – compared to daily wear lenses, extended wear two weekly and monthly options are much more cost effective. We also Price Match all of our products to make sure you get the best price for your extended wear contact lenses. So, we’re confident of saying you won’t find your choice of lenses cheaper anywhere else in Ireland.
What are the best contact lenses for extended wear?
We stock a wide variety including Acuvue Oasys, Biofinity and Air Optix Night & Day Aqua. Our extended wear contacts cater to those with both myopia (short-sightedness) and hyperopia (long-sightedness). There are also options for those with astigmatism and those who require multifocal lenses.
How long can you wear extended wear contact lenses?
Extended wear contact lenses can typically be worn continuously for a week. It’s vital that you don’t wear your extended wear contact lenses for any longer than is recommended by each manufacturer.
You must also make sure to pay extra attention to your eye health while you wear them. If you notice any redness, irritation or consistent dryness, you should remove your lenses right away. Eye drops, and wetting agents may help relieve symptoms of dry eye, but if they persist, it could be a sign that extended wear lenses are not suitable for you.
Can you shower with extended wear contacts?
Although extended wear contact lenses can be left in for long periods, they should still not come into contact with water. Even distilled water contains bacteria that can grow on contact lenses and increase your chances of getting an infection. Always take your contact lenses out before taking a shower. For more information on contact lenses and water, please visit our Eye Care Hub.
Choose Feel Good Contacts for your extended wear lenses
We offer a range of two weekly and monthly contact lenses that are approved for extended wear. Buy your extended wear contact lenses from us at the lowest price in Ireland, with our Price Match Guarantee. You can also enjoy FREE delivery on all orders over €55.