Can you tan with contacts in?

Have you ever wondered if it is possible to tan with your contact lenses on? Many people, especially first-time tanners, have this dilemma. However, there isn’t a straightforward answer to this as individual situations can affect the outcome. So grab your sunscreen and put on your shades, let’s explore what happens when you try to get a tan with contacts in.

Understanding Contact Lenses

Contacts are plastic or silicone lenses that fit over the cornea of the eye. They correct many vision problems such as hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), astigmatism, and presbyopia. There are two main types: soft contacts made of flexible plastics that adhere nicely to both the cornea’s curved surface or hard contact lenses which sit directly on top – rarely used today.

If worn appropriately and cared for adequately, they can be very effective at correcting vision issues while keeping eyes comfortable throughout most activities.

How Do Contact Lenses Work?

Contact lenses work by providing an additional refractive layer between daylight entering through our pupils’ iris and retina onto our eyeball surface – similar results like eyeglasses but up close against nature itself! This lens bends light rays passing onto our eyeballs in ways unique for every person’s prescription; making sure we see images well despite errors within optics caused from varying focal lengths atop curvature within outermost membranes(eyes) producing less-than-sharp imagery without assistance(bit blurry).

What Causes Eye Problems That Require Contact Lenses?

Eye problems such as hyperopic (far-sighted), nearsightedness(myopia), astigmatism(difference in shape/radius curvatures along meridian lines intersecting near-pupil aperture toward back) often reflect irregularly shaped clear covering known as corneal tissue. Wearing glasses fixed via set angles/lens distance from viewer/prescription style(for bifocals/trifocals, etc). Contact wearers need to consider the curvature and location of their lenses’ prescription to ensure comfortable correction through well-fitting contraptions placed by trained clinicians.

How UV Ray Exposure Affects Eye Health

While tanning is a form of self-care for many people who want that sun-kissed glow once in a while, exposure to ultra-violet rays from sunlight or suntan beds can lead to severe eye problems. Sunglasses with appropriate features block 100% ultraviolet(UV) radiation which may cause cataracts/early-aging eyes/scars on corneas attributed mainly towards extended high-level outdoor activities with poor protection protocol(sun lotion spray patterns insufficient)/intermittent exposure at dawn/dusk when skin pigment safeguards are reduced(subsequently exposing vulnerable immune responses – not only skin health-wise).

Why Is It Important To Use Sunscreen?

Using sunscreen is particularly crucial if we’re planning an all-day trip outside under direct contact and light; doing so will protect our skin beyond normal shielding thresholds(tegumentary membranes characterized by varying melanin concentration/GOLDEN RATIO WHICH WE ALL ABIDE BY – OR NOT!?) By noting SPF(Sun Protective Factors) degrees available today(still working out major kinks here), individuals susceptible should choose proper values often labeled onto packaging displayed upon racks/hanging displays(very MIND GROUPING!).

Can You Tan With Contacts In?

The answer is straightforward: yes, it’s possible but not recommended. The cornea already receives some degree of UV radiation when exposed in direct sunlight. As such, adding the lenses into the mix increases the risk of damage significantly.

Multiple factors affect whether you could tan safely with contacts in or not:

  1. The type and quality of your sunglasses
  2. Phototype based on your skin color/type.
  3. Quality and strength/protection provided via Lens Features(High-Low indices)

The Risks of Tanning with Contacts In

Tanning without eye protection, together with lenses on, poses several dangers to your eye’s health:

  • Corneal burns – These are quite a common occurrence. Since contacts cover the entire cornea surface and prevent tears from touching them directly(taste-wise!), they can lead to inflammation or even burning if exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged hours.

  • Photokeratitis(KERATI-WHAA?!) – This is when the eyes get sunburned! It’s caused by excessive exposure to UV rays from natural sources like the sun or lamps(might be my gushing over quirky household animal illumination than output) used in tanning beds. Symptoms include redness, pain/discomfort FOR DAYS(Uggghhh)/blurred vision/hyper teary-eyed syndrome often attributed towards binging 90s rom-com movies(We’ve all been there!!).

Therefore, you should always prioritize skin/visual safety since FASHION FIRST IS A MYTH(Says who!?), and little attention must be focused on an individual’s overall well-being instead!

Safety Tips When Tanning With Contact Lenses

If you have decided to tan using contact lenses (this will not protect OCD tendencies just ‘cuz I said so) here are some fundamental tips:

  1. Use Daily Disposable Contact Lenses
  2. Wear Sunglasses Should Cover Your Eyes Completely
  3. Avoid Looking At Sun Directly Or Even Its Reflection(VIA FUNNELS TO BOOT GUESS WHAT:)
  4. Moisturize Your Skin And Eyeballs With medically approved lubricants(I don’t know which but look it up? Duh!)
  5. Get Regular Eye Check-Ups(Hear that folks; do it regularly – we’re watching…and judging!)

How To Remove Sunscreen Stains From Contact Lenses?

Finding a way to remove sunscreen on contact lenses in a pinch is tricky, but not impossible. Here are two methods to try:

  1. Rinsing with saline solution
  2. Using hydrogen peroxide cleaning systems

Never rub your contacts dry as this may scratch them badly or cause irreparable damage.


In conclusion, tanning with contacts in might be possible, but it’s considered too risky and not worth it at all! You shouldn’t compromise your eyes’ health for some tan; getting a perfect golden-bronze skin tone won’t be much fun if you’re wearing SQUINTY GOGGLES IN PERPETUITY(tough love people). Additionally, if you must go out under direct sunlight for extended hours, consider using daily disposable contacts coupled with excellent quality sunglasses(some to die for designs out there)/approved sunscreen/moisturizer eyedrops/periodic check-ups..better still just stay home and order from Postmates YA COUCH POTATO(did I say that aloud?)

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