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A Lens a Day Keeps the Redness Away

Are there ever days when you leave your soft contact lenses in for longer than you're supposed to? It's a pretty accepted fact that things are just plain better when they're new. Well, the same rule is also applicable to your lenses. There are so many reasons why you shouldn't leave them in longer than you need to. Despite that fact that it might be tempting to wear them just one more time, if you want to help your eyes stay healthy, keep to the lens routine your optician determines. In other words, if you're told to replace them daily, change them daily, because they can't withstand extended wear.

A lot of people think to themselves, would it be so bad if I got a couple additional wears out of them? To answer 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 gradually accumulates on your lenses and creates a thin haze. Foggy vision is just the start.

Eventually these proteins evolve and confuse your immune system, which begins to think that the formation is something foreign, and the body's reaction can result in inflammation in the eye. And when this occurs, your eyesight suffers. External particles like pollen or dust can also build up on the lens, which also makes eyesight less clear. But even when people take great care of their contacts, as time goes on, they become less smooth and clear, just due to regular wear and tear.

It's best to stick to the routine your optometrist advises for you. Everyone's eyes are unique, so only your eye care professional should determine the right contact lens replacement routine for you. When you change your contact lenses on time, you'll never notice the difference that becomes quickly apparent when you wear them any longer than you're meant to.

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