Extended Wear Contacts

Wake up seeing clearly everyday with Extended Wear Contact Lenses from Drs. Vance & Stovall!

Contact lenses are available for two different wearing schedules:

  • daily wear (lenses you remove before sleep)
  • extended wear (lenses you can wear overnight)

So what’s the difference between daily wear and extended wear lenses? Most extended wear (EW) contacts are thinner than daily wear lenses and are made of silicone hydrogel. This advanced soft lens material enables EW lenses to “breathe” better than daily wear lenses, allowing more oxygen to reach the cornea. This is especially important when lenses are worn continuously for extended periods of time.

Several extended wear lenses are FDA-approved for up to seven days of continuous wear, and at least two brands of silicone hydrogel EW lenses — Air Optix Night & Day (Alcon) and PureVision (Bausch + Lomb) — are approved for up to 30 days of continuous wear.

Also, some gas permeable lenses have received FDA approval for up to 30 days of continuous wear.

It’s important to note that these are the maximum wearing schedules allowed. Many people cannot tolerate wearing EW lenses for this length of time, and some people’s eyes cannot tolerate any overnight wear of contact lenses.

During your contact lens fitting and follow-up, we will advise you whether you can wear EW contacts overnight and how many days of continuous wear your eyes can tolerate.

Drs. Vance & Stovall feature a wide selection of name brand contact lenses including:

Wake up seeing clearly everyday with Extended Wear Contact Lenses from Drs. Vance & Stovall!

Contact lenses are available for two different wearing schedules:

  • daily wear (lenses you remove before sleep)
  • extended wear (lenses you can wear overnight)

So what’s the difference between daily wear and extended wear lenses? Most extended wear (EW) contacts are thinner than daily wear lenses and are made of silicone hydrogel. This advanced soft lens material enables EW lenses to “breathe” better than daily wear lenses, allowing more oxygen to reach the cornea. This is especially important when lenses are worn continuously for extended periods of time.

Several extended wear lenses are FDA-approved for up to seven days of continuous wear, and at least two brands of silicone hydrogel EW lenses — Air Optix Night & Day (Alcon) and PureVision (Bausch + Lomb) — are approved for up to 30 days of continuous wear.

Also, some gas permeable lenses have received FDA approval for up to 30 days of continuous wear.

It’s important to note that these are the maximum wearing schedules allowed. Many people cannot tolerate wearing EW lenses for this length of time, and some people’s eyes cannot tolerate any overnight wear of contact lenses.

During your contact lens fitting and follow-up, we will advise you whether you can wear EW contacts overnight and how many days of continuous wear your eyes can tolerate.

Drs. Vance & Stovall feature a wide selection of name brand contact lenses including: