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A Lens a Day Keeps the Redness Away

Do you ever leave your disposable contact lenses in for just a bit too long? It's common knowledge that things are in in top form when they are at their freshest. It's no surprise that the same can be used to understand the importance of changing your lenses. As a rule, you shouldn't leave them in longer than you're supposed to. Although it might seem harmless, if you care about having healthy eyes, don't overlook the replacement schedule your optician determines. So, if you're told to replace them monthly, then change them every month, because they can't be worn any longer than that.

So many people think, can't I get two or three extra days out of them? In order to better understand this, let's take a look at protein – and we don't mean the kind you eat, but the natural protein in your eyes that slowly accumulates on the surface of your lenses and forms a light haze. Unclear vision is just the beginning.

As time goes on, these proteins change form and confuse your immune system, which begins to think that the buildup is something foreign, and this can result in itchy, swollen and irritated eyes. 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 the best possible care of your contacts, eventually they stop being as clear and smooth, due to normal deterioration.

So adhere to the schedule your optician has instructed you to. If you throw out and replace your contact lenses when you're told to, you will never detect the difference that is so obvious when you wear them any longer than you're meant to.