5 Reasons to NEVER Overwear Your Contact Lenses9:24 PM
How often do you throw away your contact lenses? It is amazing the responses you can get on this simple question. As an optometrist, I have had patients that have been wearing their same trial pair of contact lenses they were dispensed at an exam 2 years ago. Most people aren't that daring, but it is not uncommon to have people wearing lenses for months longer than FDA guidelines recommend. And most patients are very defensive about just how often they are throwing their lenses away. Why do I recommend following FDA guidelines for proper contact lens disposal? Here are 5 very real complications that I treat on a regular basis that are a result of improper contact lens wear.
|New blood vessel growth is not a good thing when it means opacification of what should be clear tissue! Picture via optometric.com|
|A cornea with significant scarring and neovascularization|
|GPC: a nasty allergic response to your contact lenses|
|Acute red eye, usually after sleeping in contact lenses is classic for CLARE|
Treatment = No contact lens wear for around 1 week. Drops prescribed as needed
|A Bacterial Ulcer: definitely something you do NOT want|
- If you have a red eye, remove your contact lenses and see your doctor. Most of these conditions require a high powered microscope to properly diagnose.
- How much money are you really saving by overwearing contact lenses when you take into account that if you get a contact lens complication, the office visits and cost of medicated eye drops is very high? Not to mention the fact that you will be causing permanent damage to the health of your eyes.
- If you wear contact lenses, you need a pair of glasses. No exceptions. If you can't see to drive legally without contact lenses, you MUST have back-up glasses. I don't care how old they are. They just need to be good enough for you to use in case you have a complication where you have to be out of contact lenses.