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The Importance of Changing Your Contact Lenses

Do you ever leave your soft contact lenses in for just a bit too long? It's a fact of life that generally, things are a whole lot better when they haven't been used too much. Well, the same principle also applies to your contact lenses. There is no shortage of reasons not to leave your contacts in for any longer than necessary. Of course, it might seem harmless to use them just one more time, if you care about having healthy eyes, keep to the replacement routine that your eye care professional decides on. In other words, if you're told to use a new pair every two weeks, then change them every two weeks, because they can't be worn any longer than that.

You might think to yourself, would it be so bad if I got two or three extra days out of them? To better comprehend this, let's take a look at protein - and not the kind inside your burger, but the natural protein that is a main component of the tears and eye fluids that slowly accumulates on the surface of your lenses and creates a light haze. Blurry eyesight is just the initial result.

If this continues, these proteins transform and confuse your immune system, which begins to think that the formation is something foreign, and this can lead to eye irritation, itching and redness. Which means a toll is taken on your vision. Even when you do all you can to take great care of your contact lenses, as time goes on, they stop being as smooth and clear, which is the result of normal deterioration.

So adhere to the schedule your optometrist decides on for you. Everyone's eyes are unique, so only your eye care professional should decide on the right contact lens replacement routine for you. When you replace your lenses at the correct times, you will never detect the difference that is so apparent when you wear them any longer than you're meant to.


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