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The Importance of Changing Your Contact Lenses

Have there been times when you've left your disposable contact lenses in for longer than you're supposed to? It's a basic fact that so many things are better when they are fresh. Guess what? The same principle can be used to understand the importance of changing your lenses. There is no shortage of reasons not to leave your lenses in your eyes for any more time than you've been advised to. Despite that fact that it might seem okay to wear them just one more time, if you want your eyes to look healthy, stick to the lens schedule recommended to you by your optician. This means that if you've been instructed to change them daily, change them daily, because they can't withstand reuse.

You might think to yourself, can't I get a few extra days out of them? To better comprehend this, let's take a look at protein - although not the edible sort, but the natural protein in your tears that slowly accumulates on the surface of your lenses and forms a thin haze. Blurry vision is just the start.

Sooner or later, these proteins transform and trick your immune system into thinking the accumulation is something foreign, which in turn can be expressed as inflammation in the eye. Which means 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 perfect care of your contacts, sooner or later they become less smooth and clear, which is the result of normal deterioration.

It's smart to adhere to the routine your eye care professional has instructed you to. Nobody has the same eyes, so only your optometrist should decide on the appropriate contact lens replacement routine for you. If you dispose of and replace your lenses on time, you'll never notice the difference that becomes so apparent when you overwear them.

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