Have there been times when you've left your soft contact lenses in for too long? It's a basic fact that things are in in top form when they're new. It's important to know that the same idea also applies to your contacts. As a rule, you shouldn't leave your contacts in your eyes for any more time than you need to. Even though it might not seem so bad, if you want your eyes to see their very best, keep to the lens schedule that your eye care professional decides on. In other words, if your optician tells you to use a new pair monthly, then change them every month, because they can't withstand extended wear.
A lot of people think to themselves, can't I just squeeze two or three extra wears out of them? To better comprehend this, let's talk about protein – and we don't mean the kind you eat, but the natural protein that is a main component of the tears and eye fluids that gathers over time on the surface of your lenses and creates a mild haze. Blurry eyesight is just the initial result.
If this continues, these proteins evolve and confuse your immune system, which begins to think that the formation is something foreign, which in turn can result in eye irritation, itching and redness. And this means that your eyesight suffers. Even if you take perfect care of your contacts, as time goes on, they become less clear and smooth, just due to regular deterioration.
It's smart to commit to the plan your optometrist advises for you. When you change your lenses at the correct times, you'll never even recognize the difference that is so apparent when you use them longer than you're supposed to.