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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.

Dear Patients,

Dr. Lewis Eye Care has made the difficult choice to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic based on the recommendation of the CDC. We cannot perform eye exams while maintaining social distancing, so continuing to see patients at this time could contribute to the spread of the virus.

Our initial plan had been to reopen Monday April 6th. However, as we get closer to that date it is becoming apparent that we may have to be closed for a longer, indefinite period of time.

If you are having an urgent eye health issue, there are some clinics in our area that are seeing patients for emergencies during shorter business hours. You should call ahead to those offices before going to their clinic, as their availability might change day by day. Those clinics could include Vancouver Eye Care at 360-823-2020, Peace Health Medical Group Eye Care at 360-514-7210, and Vancouver Clinic in Salmon Creek at 360-882-2778.

If you need a glasses or contact lens prescription emailed to you from our office, click on the Contact Form link, type in your name, email, and what you are requesting, and we will email you the information you need as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy during this difficult time.


Dr. Scott Lewis, OD