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What are extended wear contact lenses?

Extended wear contact lenses are for people that are too busy for a lens cleaning routine. These extended wear lenses can be worn continuously day and night (without needing to be removed) for a fixed amount of time for typically one week to 30 days.

This added convenience is ideal for those with busy and hectic schedules, or if you are guilty of falling asleep in your lenses. Extended wear contacts are the perfect accompaniment to early starts and late nights.

Buy extended wear contact lenses online at Feel Good Contacts at cheaper prices than the high street and discover best-selling ranges such as Acuvue Oasys, Biofinity and Air Optix contact lenses.

Please note it’s important to speak with your optician or eye care practitioner prior to trying extended wear lenses, to find out if they’re a suitable option for your eyes.

What are extended wear contact lenses made of?

Essentially all extended wear contact lenses have been made from a silicone hydrogel material, making them different from standard hydrogel contact lenses.

This advanced material works wonders in terms of breathability, allowing up to six times the oxygen to reach your eyes than all other contact lenses, keeping eyes healthy and feeling fresher for longer.

Are extended wear contact lenses safe?

The silicone hydrogel material from which extended wear contact lenses are made from allows the lens to breathe more as it allows more oxygen to reach the eye than standard hydrogel materials.

Whilst the standard hydrogel and soft lens materials are safe to wear throughout the day, they are not suitable to wear overnight when the eyelids are closed. During the 1970s and 1980s, extended wear contact lenses were made from materials with a lower oxygen permeability, which could lead to eye infections.

Today, there updated design featuring silicone hydrogel material reduces the risk of eye infections, making them a safe choice to wear so long as you follow the care advice given to you by your optician. In addition to this, most of our extended wear contact lenses are disposable contacts, designed to be replaced after 1-4 weeks. This frequent replacement schedule reduces the build-up of deposits such as protein and lipids and further enhances the comfort and safety of wearing an extended wear contact lens making them a worthwhile choice.

Can you shower with extended wear contacts?

As with all contact lenses, you should avoid showering in them due to the risk of contracting a serious eye infection from the bacteria present in the water. Always remove your contact lenses before taking a shower or swimming.

How long can you wear extended wear contact lenses?

Extended wear contact lenses can be worn for up to 30 days continuously with needing cleaning. However, you should always follow the length of wearing time prescribed to you by your optician.

Why should I choose extended wear contact lenses?

Convenience – by applying your lenses at the beginning of your wearing schedule, there will be no need to worry about removing your lenses until the time comes (typically between a week and a month later). Perfect if you’re a night owl and/or an early bird.

Comfort – because of the nature of the lenses, which are more porous than daily wear and other lens types, oxygen is able to reach the eye and circulate more easily. This promotes breathability and ensures that your eyes feel fresh throughout use. This is of particular benefit to those with sensitive eyes.

How to look after extended wear lenses

Before you try them, make sure to ask your optician if extended wear lenses are a suitable option for you. This is because there are a number of different factors that determine if extended wear lenses are compatible with your eyes.

One of the most important things to remember is not to wear your extended wear lenses past their recommended wearing date. In addition, as they’re not routinely removed and cleaned, you’ll have to take extra care in maintaining the hygiene of your eyes. Feel Good Contacts are delighted to stock an exceptional range of eye care products that includes cleaning eye drops and re-wetting drops for your lenses.

If at any point during wear, you feel your lens has accumulated some dirt or build-up of any kind, make sure to clean your contact lenses thoroughly with contact lens solution.

What types of extended wear contact lenses are there?

Contact lenses that offer extended wear are typically monthly or two weekly lenses. Notable brands such as Air Optix and Biofinity have been designed to be worn for a week without needing to be removed, while Air Optix Night & Day Aqua are unique lenses designed and approved for up to 30 days of continuous wear.

What types of vision problems can extended wear contacts correct?

Extended wear contact lenses can correct a range of vision problems including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia. 

Extended wear contact lenses for astigmatism

We stock a range of extended wear lenses to correct your astigmatism, with a selection of toric contacts suitable for continuous wear. These include Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism, PureVision2 for Astigmatism and Biofinity Toric.

Extended wear contact lenses for presbyopia

And those that suffer from presbyopia can find extended lenses to suit their eyecare needs, with a wide range of multifocal contact lenses for overnight wear at Feel Good Contacts. We stock PureVision2 for Presbyopia, Air Optix Aqua Multifocal and Biofinity Multifocal for anyone needing presbyopic correction.

How much do extended wear contact lenses cost?

Feel Good Contacts offers the best prices online for extended wear contact lenses. We offer a Price Match Guarantee against all major contact lens retailers in the UK. Get your extended wear contact lenses for less online at Feel Good Contacts.

What are the best extended wear contact lenses?

The best way of knowing which extended wear lenses are best for you is by seeking advice from an eye care practitioner and having an examination. It is not advisable to wear extended wear contacts otherwise.
Acuvue Oasys for Presbyopia contact lenses feature an advanced aspheric design, blending multiple prescriptions together with Stereo Precision Technology to correct presbyopia. Oxygen flows freely through these silicone hydrogel contact lenses, which allows an increased level of oxygen to flow through the material. if approved by your optician. High breathability promotes healthy, white and fresh eyes, preventing the onset of dry eye
Biofinity XR Toric contact lenses offer outstanding visual correction for astigmatism. Made from silicone hydrogel, these monthly contact lenses for astigmatism deliver exceptional visual clarity all day long due to their advanced design that remains in place on the eye during movement. Aquaform Technology ensures a highly moistures feel and comfortable fit, that you’ll barely feel even as the day goes on. If approved by an eye care practitioner, you can alternatively wear them as extended wear contact lenses for up to a week.
These innovative lenses are extended wear contact lenses that can be worn for up to 30 days and 30 nights without requiring removal, if approved by your optician. They provide the freedom to wear your lenses while you sleep, meaning you won’t have to remember to take them out before bed, or follow a nightly contact lens cleaning and storing routine. They are made from a breathable silicone hydrogel material that ensures these lenses allow more oxygen to travel through to your eyes. Coupled with TriComfort technology, these extended wear contact lenses provide a smooth, moist and deposit-resistant.

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