Do you ever end up leaving your soft contact lenses in for just a bit too long? We don't need to tell you that a lot of things are a whole lot better when they're fresh. Well, the same can be used to understand the importance of changing your contact lenses. As a rule, you shouldn't leave your lenses in your eyes for longer than you've been advised to. Despite that fact that it might seem harmless, if you want your eyes to look healthy, don't ignore the replacement and wearing schedule given to you by your optometrist. In other words, if your optometrist tells you to replace them monthly, then change them every month, because they can't be worn any longer than that.
So many people think, is it so bad to get just a couple more days out of them? To understand this idea, let's talk about protein – and not the kind inside your burger, but the natural protein contained in your eye fluids that gathers over time on the surface of your lenses which forms a thin haze. Foggy vision is just the initial result.
If this continues, these proteins evolve and confuse your immune system, which begins to think that the accumulation is something foreign, and this can result in inflammation in the eye. This leads to a situation where you won't be seeing your best. Dust and pollen also build up on the lens, slowly make it less clear. But even when people take great care of their contacts, eventually they'll become less smooth and clear, which is the result of normal wear and tear.
The best thing to do is stick to the schedule your optometrist determines for you. If you replace your contact lenses on schedule, you will never detect the difference that becomes so apparent when you overwear them.