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My friend wore contact lenses for 8 months. Is this safe?

Asked by ShaChris23 (318points) February 8th, 2013

A good friend of mine told me that he once wore his bi-weekly contact lenses for 8 months straight without ever taking them off. A workaholic, he’s kept up this habit of wearing them days at a time, but that 8 months was his breaking record.

He said he felt fine because:
1) His eyes were less prone to dryness than most other people, e.g. he thought his eyes were more watery.
2) Additionally, he joked that he was born with a tougher pair of eyes, hence an exception to the rules.
3) Lastly, he believed that his not being an overly clinical, clean person has built immunity in him, as he rarely got sick.

My question is, is his practice of extended contact lens wear safe? If it is not safe, how come he hasn’t suffered any? Could it be true that his eyes are more watery (and tough, and immune to germs, haha) than others? I tried wearing my daily contacts for two days straight, removing them at the second night. By my third morning, I woke up with stinging, sensitive eyes.

Thank you for any input!

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