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Fresh Lenses: Why?

How often do you leave your soft contact lenses in for a little too long? It's a fact of life that a lot of things are in in top form when they're fresh. It's helpful to know that the same principle can be used to understand the importance of changing your contacts. There is no shortage of reasons not to leave your lenses in your eyes for any more time than you need to. Of course, it might not seem so bad, if you care about your eyes, keep to the lens routine that your eye care professional decides on. This means that if your optometrist tells you to wear a new pair monthly, then change them every month, because they can't be worn any longer than that.

So many people think, would it be so bad if I got a few extra wears out of them? To answer this, let's examine protein – not the dietary kind, but the natural protein that is a main component of the tears and eye fluids that slowly accumulates on your lenses and creates a mild haze. Blurry vision is just the beginning.

Sooner or later, these proteins transform and confuse your immune system, which begins to think that the buildup is a foreign particle, and the body's reaction can result in eye irritation, itching and redness. And this means that your eyesight suffers. Dust and pollen also build up on the lens, slowly make it less clear Even if you take perfect care of your contacts, as time goes on, they'll become less smooth and clear, just due to regular deterioration.

So keep to the plan your eye care professional decides on for you. Nobody has the same eyes, so only your eye care professional should determine the best contact lens replacement schedule for you. When you change your lenses when you're told to, you'll never even see the difference that becomes quickly apparent when you use them longer than you're supposed to.