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Change Your Contact Lenses - Your Eyes Depend On It!

July 3, 2012

By Eola Eyes, Doctors of Optometry


Do you ever leave your soft contact lenses in for too long? Everyone knows that so many things are just plain better when they're new. In fact, there has been a major shift in the contact lens industry toward daily disposable contact lenses, which free you from the hassles of wearing contacts and provide the most comfortable and healthy contact lens experience. Daily disposable lenses are now available for patients with astigmatism and those requiring bifocal or progressive lenses. If you have not yet caught the daily disposable wave, it's helpful to remember that your wearing schedule with your traditional disposable lenses, whether that be two weeks or a month, was prescribed with your best interests in mind. It's not a good idea to keep your contacts in your eyes for any longer than necessary. Despite that fact that it might seem okay to wear them just one more time, if you want to help your eyes stay healthy, keep to the replacement and wearing routine your optometrist determines. So, if you've been instructed to change your lenses every two weeks, then change them every two weeks, because they shouldn't be worn any longer than that. 


You might think, "Would it be so bad if I got a couple extra days out of them?" To better comprehend this, let's take a look at protein--and we don't mean the kind you eat, but the natural protein contained in your tear film that gathers over time on your lenses and forms a thin haze. Foggy vision is just the beginning of the problems this film can create. After some time, these proteins change form and confuse your immune system, which begins to think that the buildup is a foreign particle, which in turn can lead to itchy, swollen and irritated eyes. This means your eyesight suffers and your eye health is at risk. Dust and pollen as well as the natural oils in your tears also build up on the lens over time and slowly make vision less clear and eyes more irritable. Even when people take great care of their contacts, as time passes, they become less clear and smooth, which is the result of normal wear and tear. So, adhere to the schedule your eye doctor advises for you. If you have trouble keeping track of this schedule, put it in your smart phone calendar or ask us for a handy Lens Alert contact lens timer. Sticking to the proper schedule will help keep you looking bright-eyed and healthy.

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