How Long Can You Wear Daily Contact Lenses?

by Leslie Madison ; Updated September 28, 2017

Depending on the specific contact lens, length of wear can vary greatly

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Lens Type Matters

Contact lens type plays a big factor when determining how long lenses can be worn for, according to Vision 2020. Many eye doctors recommend wearing soft contacts up to 12 hours per day, semi-soft lenses up to 10 hours per day, and hard lenses up to eight hours per day.

Eyes Need Oxygen

Wearing contact lenses interrupts the flow of oxygen to the eye, and while contacts are made of a material that allows maximum oxygen absorption, it's not identical to the amount of oxygen received without lenses. If eyes get red, dry or irritated, lenses should be taken out even if the maximum wear time is not reached.

Bottom Line

Eye doctors generally agree on the length of time contact lenses can be worn, however it's important to pay attention to any sudden dryness or redness and remove lenses immediately if these symptoms occur.

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About the Author

Leslie Madison began writing professionally over five years ago, specializing in beauty, health, nutrition and skin care topics. She regularly writes beauty, health and lifestyle stories for both print and online magazines including "Long Island Bride and Groom" and Teen Scene. Madison has a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Rutgers University.