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How Long Can RGP Contacs Be Worn?

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Old 03-03-2008, 02:35 PM
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Is it okay to wear rigid gas permeable contact lenses for 12-15 hours a day? How many days in a row can you safely get away with this?
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I frequently wear my RGP's 10-12 hours,occasionaly up to 14 hours a day. Sometimes on the longer days for some reason by the end of the day they start to fog up and I have to take them up. I don't know the reason for thatbut I just put them in the solution an=d they are fine again the next day.
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Is it okay to wear rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses for 12-15 hours a day? How many days in a row can you safely get away with this?
I am new to these but I have worn them up to 15+ hours/day.

But if you want to wear the lenses that long or continuously, do make sure that your optician agrees with this and also ensure you have a high oxygen permeable (high Dk value) lens such as the Menicon Z range.

Menicon say you can, with your optician's approval, wear the lens for 7 days 24/7, then take it out and clean it.

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Old 02-22-2010, 09:39 AM
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i work 12 hour shifts so i wear my lenses for 14 to 15 hrs a day with no problem. I wear my lenses 5 or 6 days a week then a day or 2 with glasses to rest my eyes.
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:48 AM
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i work 12 hour shifts so i wear my lenses for 14 to 15 hrs a day with no problem. I wear my lenses 5 or 6 days a week then a day or 2 with glasses to rest my eyes.
Hi Barry. Is your eye doctor okay with your wearing schedule? I'd hate for you have problems because of over wearing your contact lenses.
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Hi Barry. Is your eye doctor okay with your wearing schedule? I'd hate for you have problems because of over wearing your contact lenses.
That's a good question, Havoc. It's probably okay to wear your RGP contacts as much as Barry does, but it does sound like kind of a lot to me.
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I am new to these but I have worn them up to 15+ hours/day.

But if you want to wear the lenses that long or continuously, do make sure that your optician agrees with this and also ensure you have a high oxygen permeable (high Dk value) lens such as the Menicon Z range.

Menicon say you can, with your optician's approval, wear the lens for 7 days 24/7, then take it out and clean it.

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Thanks for the words of caution, Knotlob.
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Old 04-18-2010, 05:20 PM
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Yesterday I ended up wearing them for over 19 hours which is by far the longest I have ever worn them continuously without taking them out. I ordinarily do not wear them much more than 12 hours sometimes less and never before more than 14 hours. However at the end of the day they were still comfortable with no problems. After taking them out for about 8 hours to sleep they are back in today.
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Yesterday I ended up wearing them for over 19 hours which is by far the longest I have ever worn them continuously without taking them out. I ordinarily do not wear them much more than 12 hours sometimes less and never before more than 14 hours. However at the end of the day they were still comfortable with no problems. After taking them out for about 8 hours to sleep they are back in today.
Wow. Let's hope you don't have to do that again, wardt. You're lucky to be able to get 8 hours sleep after such a long day. How did you feel the next day?
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Feel great. No apparent problems from such long day. I wore them the next day for about 11 hours and do not expect to come anywhere near 19 hours again especially since I am not usually awake for that long at a time. But this time it worked out fine with them remaing comfortable throughout the day and still feeling fine the next morning so I could put them right back in when i woke up.
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Feel great. No apparent problems from such long day. I wore them the next day for about 11 hours and do not expect to come anywhere near 19 hours again especially since I am not usually awake for that long at a time. But this time it worked out fine with them remaing comfortable throughout the day and still feeling fine the next morning so I could put them right back in when i woke up.
I see that someone named "BarryMiller" wear his/her contact lenses for long periods of time as well, and someone asked if Barry's eye doctor was okay with that, with no reply.
So I'll ask you the same question, wardt. Does your eye doctor know you sometimes wear your gas perm lenses for 11 hours straight? That doesn't sound like a terribly long time to me, but I want you to make sure this is healthy for you and your particular eyes.

My doctor tells me that my cholesterol is too high, but high cholesterol doesn't hurt a bit. Does that mean I should just eat whatever I feel like and act like nothing's wrong because nothing hurts?

No, I take my medication and watch what I eat.

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I see that someone named "BarryMiller" wear his/her contact lenses for long periods of time as well, and someone asked if Barry's eye doctor was okay with that, with no reply.
So I'll ask you the same question, wardt. Does your eye doctor know you sometimes wear your gas perm lenses for 11 hours straight? That doesn't sound like a terribly long time to me, but I want you to make sure this is healthy for you and your particular eyes.

My doctor tells me that my cholesterol is too high, but high cholesterol doesn't hurt a bit. Does that mean I should just eat whatever I feel like and act like nothing's wrong because nothing hurts?

No, I take my medication and watch what I eat.

Kinda . . .
Well that's good advice as always - check with your eye care specialist. Some modern RGP lenses with super high Dk Oxygen permeable values may allow you to the lenses for many hours/day or even 24/7. But as always check with your eye care specialist.

You don't feel neovascularisation, but my optician did say that they eye will tell you pretty definitely when it's had enough hours wearing a RGP lens (which is not always the case with soft lenses).

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Old 04-20-2010, 10:44 AM
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I see that someone named "BarryMiller" wear his/her contact lenses for long periods of time as well, and someone asked if Barry's eye doctor was okay with that, with no reply.
So I'll ask you the same question, wardt. Does your eye doctor know you sometimes wear your gas perm lenses for 11 hours straight? That doesn't sound like a terribly long time to me, but I want you to make sure this is healthy for you and your particular eyes.

My doctor tells me that my cholesterol is too high, but high cholesterol doesn't hurt a bit. Does that mean I should just eat whatever I feel like and act like nothing's wrong because nothing hurts?

No, I take my medication and watch what I eat.

Kinda . . .
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When I got my contacts I asked the doctor how long I could wear them. He said that after the first couple of weeks where they reccomend a wearing schedule to get used to them, which I carefully followed, I was free to wear them all day every day if I wished, only taking them out for sleeping, showering and any other activities where wearing contacts is not a good idea. As Knotlob said RGP's definitely let you know when they have been in long enough and need to be taken out. How long that is varies from day to day for me but when my eyes start bothering me and let me know the contacts have been in long enough, as soon as possible I go and take them out and wear my glasses. Sometimes it is not until I go to bed. Other days it is earlier in the evening. The day I wore them 19 hours they felt fine right up until shortly before I was getting ready for bed so I had no reason to take them out. I always take them out at night to go to bed but during the day I wear them as long as they remain comfortable which varies from day to day. Always I would reccomend anyone new to contacts or who is trying a new type of contacts ask their doctor how long they should be worn and follow the doctors advice. I would say however that unless your doctor tells you otherwise in which case go with what he says, at least with RGP's you can wear them as long as they feel comfortable. I know from experience that they let you know when enough is enough.
I do occasionaly take short naps in them but do not wear them to bed at night and would not reccomend anyone else do it either unless of course you are wearing a type of contact that is designed to be worn 24 hours a day including sleeping.
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When I got my contacts I asked the doctor how long I could wear them. He said that after the first couple of weeks where they recommend a wearing schedule to get used to them, which I carefully followed, I was free to wear them all day every day if I wished, only taking them out for sleeping, showering and any other activities where wearing contacts is not a good idea.
As Knotlob said RGP's definitely let you know when they have been in long enough and need to be taken out. How long that is varies from day to day for me but when my eyes start bothering me and let me know the contacts have been in long enough, as soon as possible I go and take them out and wear my glasses. Sometimes it is not until I go to bed. Other days it is earlier in the evening. The day I wore them 19 hours they felt fine right up until shortly before I was getting ready for bed so I had no reason to take them out. I always take them out at night to go to bed but during the day I wear them as long as they remain comfortable which varies from day to day.
Always I would recommend anyone new to contacts or who is trying a new type of contacts ask their doctor how long they should be worn and follow the doctors advice. I would say however that unless your doctor tells you otherwise in which case go with what he says, at least with RGP's you can wear them as long as they feel comfortable. I know from experience that they let you know when enough is enough.
I do occasionally take short naps in them but do not wear them to bed at night and would not recommend anyone else do it either unless of course you are wearing a type of contact that is designed to be worn 24 hours a day including sleeping.
Hi wardt. Thanks for sharing your personal experience with RGP lenses, and thank you for reminding all our readers to check with their doctor to find out how long they can safely wear their contacts.
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Well that's good advice as always - check with your eye care specialist. Some modern RGP lenses with super high Dk Oxygen permeable values may allow you to the lenses for many hours/day or even 24/7. But as always check with your eye care specialist.

You don't feel neovascularisation, but my optician did say that they eye will tell you pretty definitely when it's had enough hours wearing a RGP lens (which is not always the case with soft lenses).

knotlob
So those RGP lenses start to hurt after a while huh? I think someone on this site once tried gas perm lenses and said "Those things hurt!"
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So those RGP lenses start to hurt after a while huh? I think someone on this site once tried gas perm lenses and said "Those things hurt!"
I have been wearing hard contact lenses for 11years now since I was 12, and I have always worn my contacts from the time I wake until I go to sleep. There are rare occasions when my eye is irritated or I have allergies that I need remove them but besides that I have never had problems.

The only thing I have encounter after wearing a contact lense for more than 24hrs is that they are hard to remove.

The other thing is that every one eyes are different and can have different problems so the doctors might have special recommendations for each case. I have keratoconus and thanks God this contacts have done their job.
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I have been wearing hard contact lenses for 11years now since I was 12, and I have always worn my contacts from the time I wake until I go to sleep. There are rare occasions when my eye is irritated or I have allergies that I need remove them but besides that I have never had problems.

The only thing I have encounter after wearing a contact lense for more than 24hrs is that they are hard to remove.

The other thing is that every one eyes are different and can have different problems so the doctors might have special recommendations for each case. I have keratoconus and thanks God this contacts have done their job.
Thanks prof15. Looks like you're new here on Lens 101. Welcome.

I'm glad you've had a good experience with RGP lenses. A lot of people think that "hard" lenses are painful to wear and at best you get used to them. Maybe you can change some opinions with your experiences. I hope you continue to contribute to Lens 101.
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I have been wearing hard contact lenses for 11years now since I was 12, and I have always worn my contacts from the time I wake until I go to sleep. There are rare occasions when my eye is irritated or I have allergies that I need remove them but besides that I have never had problems.

The only thing I have encounter after wearing a contact lens for more than 24hrs is that they are hard to remove.

The other thing is that every one eyes are different and can have different problems so the doctors might have special recommendations for each case. I have keratoconus and thank God these contacts have done their job.
I'm glad your RGPs are so comfortable, prof15.
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I'm glad your RGPs are so comfortable, prof15.
Well I have also gotten used to dealing with them, it takes time at the beginning it was not easy at all because to be honest they are uncomfortable at times.The first few month where of hell when I started to use my contacts, I used to arrive late to school almost every day because when ever I tried to put the contacts on they would move to the side or to the back of the eye. At times they would fall of my fingers while I was trying to put them on, and I had to carefully search the entire floor.

My biggest problem with my contacts are allergies, and dust but they are seasonal. In the last few years I have not had allergies so I have been good in that sense.

Also I don't know if any of you guys have experience this but for some reason since I started to use the RGPs my eye latches have become weak to the point that I am able to pull them off when trying to fix them up and at times they fall-off and get into my eyes. It could be that it is normal and it just happen that I became more aware of that after I started using contacts.
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Well I have also gotten used to dealing with them, it takes time at the beginning it was not easy at all because to be honest they are uncomfortable at times.The first few month where of hell when I started to use my contacts, I used to arrive late to school almost every day because when ever I tried to put the contacts on they would move to the side or to the back of the eye. At times they would fall of my fingers while I was trying to put them on, and I had to carefully search the entire floor.

My biggest problem with my contacts are allergies, and dust but they are seasonal. In the last few years I have not had allergies so I have been good in that sense.

Also I don't know if any of you guys have experience this but for some reason since I started to use the RGPs my eye latches have become weak to the point that I am able to pull them off when trying to fix them up and at times they fall-off and get into my eyes. It could be that it is normal and it just happen that I became more aware of that after I started using contacts.
Thanks for the post, prof. I'm hoping that people will be encouraged by your story not to give up if they've only been wearing their contacts for a few days and are still having trouble getting them in.

As for the eye lash thing, I'm not sure what to tell you. Maybe they're becoming more brittle with all the handling, or maybe it's like you say, you're just more aware of shedding eyelashes now. Can anyone else shed some light on this?
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Thanks for the post, prof. I'm hoping that people will be encouraged by your story not to give up if they've only been wearing their contacts for a few days and are still having trouble getting them in.

As for the eye lash thing, I'm not sure what to tell you. Maybe they're becoming more brittle with all the handling, or maybe it's like you say, you're just more aware of shedding eyelashes now. Can anyone else shed some light on this?
Personally I've not noticed any problem with my eye lashes and certainly not them getting into my eyes. But then again I have been wearing soft lenses for 30+ years and recently switched to RGP.

I don't really see any reason why your eye lashes should become brittle, though the extra handling may dislodge loose ones initially.

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I don't really see any reason why your eye lashes should become brittle, though the extra handling may dislodge loose ones initially.

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I was just thinking the same thing about the fragile eyelashes. Maybe it's because of all the attention they've been getting lately from the fingers. It might make the loose one fall out a little sooner.
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I was just thinking the same thing about the fragile eyelashes. Maybe it's because of all the attention they've been getting lately from the fingers. It might make the loose one fall out a little sooner.
Yeah thats probably why..lol
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Yeah thats probably why..lol
Okay, it took a lot longer that I thought it would, but I finally learned how often your eyelashes are supposed to fall out. Observe:

"The eyelash life cycle includes an anagen phase, a telogen phase and a catagen phase. Eyelashes grow during the anagen phase, rest in place during the telegen phase, and experience apoptosis and [are] shed during the catagen phase.

The entire eyelash life cycle is completed in approximately four months. The telogen phase is the longest phase in the cycle and the catagen phase is the shortest, lasting just 15 days. Most individuals have 100 to 150 eyelashes per eyelid, with an average length of 6mm per lash. Interestingly, each lash may be in a different stage of the life cycle at any given time."--www.revoptom.com

So now that it's May, some of your eyelashes may have been there since January when you were watching The Who in the Superbowl.
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Okay, it took a lot longer that I thought it would, but I finally learned how often your eyelashes are supposed to fall out. Observe:

"The eyelash life cycle includes an anagen phase, a telogen phase and a catagen phase. Eyelashes grow during the anagen phase, rest in place during the telegen phase, and experience apoptosis and [are] shed during the catagen phase.

The entire eyelash life cycle is completed in approximately four months. The telogen phase is the longest phase in the cycle and the catagen phase is the shortest, lasting just 15 days. Most individuals have 100 to 150 eyelashes per eyelid, with an average length of 6mm per lash. Interestingly, each lash may be in a different stage of the life cycle at any given time."--www.revoptom.com
Thanks for that information.. I will keep that in mind to see how often my eyelashes fall-off
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Okay, it took a lot longer that I thought it would, but I finally learned how often your eyelashes are supposed to fall out. Observe:

"The eyelash life cycle includes an anagen phase, a telogen phase and a catagen phase. Eyelashes grow during the anagen phase, rest in place during the telegen phase, and experience apoptosis and [are] shed during the catagen phase.

The entire eyelash life cycle is completed in approximately four months. The telogen phase is the longest phase in the cycle and the catagen phase is the shortest, lasting just 15 days. Most individuals have 100 to 150 eyelashes per eyelid, with an average length of 6mm per lash. Interestingly, each lash may be in a different stage of the life cycle at any given time."--www.revoptom.com

So now that it's May, some of your eyelashes may have been there since January when you were watching The Who in the Superbowl.
Thanks for that bit of research. So we should be loosing about 2 eye lashes/day.

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Thanks for that information.. I will keep that in mind to see how often my eyelashes fall-off
Be sure to keep us posted.

"May 25. Two eyelashes shed from the upper right eyelid in the #76 and #139 positions. Total eyelashes shed: 97"

This should be fun.
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Thanks for that bit of research. So we should be losing about 2 eye lashes/day.

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Thank you for doing that math, knotlob.
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Be sure to keep us posted.

"May 25. Two eyelashes shed from the upper right eyelid in the #76 and #139 positions. Total eyelashes shed: 97"

This should be fun.
haha I am not probably going to count every single one and the position..but lets see.
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haha I am not probably going to count every single one and the position..but lets see.
Go ahead. We'll wait . . .
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After building up my wear time, I was told to start with 6hr then 8 then 12 and now I wear them 14 or 15 hrs . So to answer you question about 4 or 5days I was wearing them with no problem. I work 12 hr shifts ( days and overnites) and once and a while a may put a few comfort drops in if my eyes get a bit dry.
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After building up my wear time, I was told to start with 6hr then 8 then 12 and now I wear them 14 or 15 hrs . So to answer you question about 4 or 5days I was wearing them with no problem. I work 12 hr shifts ( days and overnites) and once and a while a may put a few comfort drops in if my eyes get a bit dry.
Thanks for the info, Barry. It's good to get a real-life measurement from someone who actually wears RGP lenses. It sounds like you're pretty comfortable with them.
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Color Contact Lenses 2 3 4 5 6 7
Gas Permeable Contact Lenses 2 3
Toric Contact Lenses 2 3
Bifocal Contact Lenses 2
Vial Contact Lenses
Other Contact Lenses 2 3, & Contact Lens Care 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

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