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Keeping Your Contacts

Do you ever leave your disposable contact lenses in for longer than you’re supposed to? Everyone knows that generally, things are in their best condition when they’re new. Well, the same idea applies to your contacts. It’s not a good idea to keep your contacts in longer than necessary. Despite that fact that it might seem harmless to use them just one more time, if you want your eyes to see their very best, don’t overlook the replacement and wearing timetable given to you by your optometrist. So, if your optician tells you to use a new pair every two weeks, then change them every two weeks, because they can’t withstand extended wear.

You might ask, can’t I get a couple more days out of them? To answer this, let’s examine protein – and we don’t mean the kind you eat, but the natural protein in your tears that gathers over time on your lenses, forming a thin haze. Unclear vision is just the beginning.

Eventually these proteins change form and trick your immune system into thinking the formation is something foreign, and this can lead to itchy, swollen and irritated eyes. This leads to a situation where a toll is taken on your vision. Even when you’re thorough about caring for your contacts, as time goes on, they’ll become less clear and smooth, just due to regular deterioration.

The best thing to do is commit to the plan your eye care professional determines for you. When you throw out and replace your contact lenses at the correct times, you will never notice the difference that becomes quickly apparent when you use them longer than you’re supposed to.