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Fresh Lenses: Why?

How often do you leave your soft contact lenses in for longer than you're supposed to? Everyone knows that so many things are a whole lot better when they are fresh. It's no surprise that the same rule applies to your lenses. It's not a good idea to leave them in your eyes for longer than you've been advised to. Even though it might seem okay to wear them just one more time, if you want your eyes to see their very best, don't overlook the replacement schedule recommended to you by your optician. This means that if your optometrist tells you to wear a new pair every two weeks, then change them every two weeks, because they're not made to be worn any longer than they're supposed to.

You might think to yourself, would it be so bad if I got a couple more wears out of them? To better comprehend this, let's take a look at protein – not the dietary kind, but the natural protein found in your tears that gradually accumulates on the surface of your lenses, forming a mild haze. Foggy vision is only the first symptom.

Over time, these proteins transform and make your immune system think the accumulation is a foreign particle, and the body's reaction can lead to eye irritation, itching and redness. This leads to a situation where your vision won't be working at its best. 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 stop being as smooth and clear, due to normal wear and tear.

So basically, it's best to keep to the routine your eye care professional advises for you. Everyone's eyes are unique, so only your eye care professional should determine the appropriate contact lens replacement schedule for you. When you change your lenses at the correct times, you will never notice the difference that becomes so apparent when you overwear them.