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Focusing on Contact Lens Care

Are you someone who leaves your disposable contact lenses in for just a few days longer than your optometrist instructs? Everyone knows that lots of things are at their best when they are fresh. Guess what? The same principle can be used to understand the importance of changing your contact lenses. You should never leave them in for longer than you're supposed to. Even though it might be tempting, if you care about having healthy eyes, don't ignore the lens schedule your optician determines. So, if your optometrist tells you to wear a new pair every two weeks, then change them every two weeks, because they can't withstand extended wear.

So many people think, is it so bad to get just two or three extra wears out of them? To understand this idea, let's examine protein – not the dietary kind, but the natural protein found in your tears that gradually accumulates on the surface of your lenses, forming a thin haze. Blurry eyesight is only the first symptom.

If this continues, these proteins transform and make your immune system think the buildup is a foreign particle, which in turn can be expressed as eye irritation, itching and redness. And when this occurs, you won't be seeing your best. Even if you take the best possible care of your contacts, over time they stop being as smooth and clear, which is the result of normal wear and tear.

It's best to stick to the plan your optometrist decides on for you. Everyone's eyes are unique, so only your eye care professional should decide on the appropriate contact lens replacement routine for you. If you replace your lenses on time, you will never notice the difference that is so apparent when you use them longer than you're supposed to.

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