Can you wear contact lenses during labor?

Many moons ago, I wore my contact lenses out on a day trip to Stradbroke Island.

Unfortunately, the day lasted longer than expected when we missed the ferry back.

I should have brought my contact lens case but I didn’t.

By the time we got home, my eyes were gritty and teary at the same time. I couldn’t open my eyes properly and had a blinding headache.

My lenses were in for 14 hours. A lot longer than usual. But sometimes labor can go for that long, if not longer.

Can you wear contact lenses during labor?

You can wear contact lenses during labor. But as annoying as they are, you are better off choosing to wear glasses during labor.

I’ll tell you why.

Why wearing contact lenses during labor is not a good idea

  • You should only wear contacts for 8-10 hours. Labor sometimes lasts way longer. Yes, you can remove your lenses anytime during labor but would you remember to?
  • Cold air conditioning and eye strain during labor dry your eyes out. Your contacts will start feeling mighty uncomfortable really soon.
  • If labor is long, you might want to take a quick nap to rest. It’s never a good idea to sleep with your contacts on.
  • If you end up needing an emergency Caesarean section, you will need to remove your contacts. Do you really want to be wasting time on that in an emergency?

Contacts or glasses during labor?

You know my answer: Glasses all the way.

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