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Focusing on Contact Lens Care

Have you ever left your soft contact lenses in for just a few days longer than your optometrist instructs? It goes without saying that a lot of things are at their best when they're fresh. It's no surprise that the same applies to your contact lenses. There are so many reasons why you shouldn't leave them in for any more time than you're supposed to. Despite that fact that you might be tempted, if you want your eyes to see their very best, follow the wearing and changing timetable recommended to you by your optician. This means that if you've been instructed to wear a new pair monthly, then change them every month, because they can't withstand extended wear.

You might ask, would it be so bad if I got a couple additional wears out of them? In order to better understand this, let's take a look at protein – not the dietary kind, but the natural protein contained in your eye fluids that builds up gradually on the surface of your lenses, forming a light haze. Blurry eyesight is just the initial result.

As time goes on, these proteins transform and confuse your immune system, which begins to think that the buildup 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. Dust and pollen also build up on the lens, slowly make it less clear Even if you take the best possible care of your contacts, eventually they'll become less smooth and clear, just due to regular wear and tear.

It's best to stick to the plan your eye care professional decides on for you. When you change your lenses on time, you will never notice the difference that is so apparent when you overwear them.