Wearing contact lenses for longer than their recommended use is one of the most common mistakes people make when wearing their contacts. Contact lenses are ascribed specific recommendations for how long you can wear contacts and the duration of use beyond which continued wear can put the wearer at greater risk of eye irritation and infection. This duration is set by the contact lens manufacturer, so the easiest place to find the recommended duration of use for your specific type of contact lens is right on the box they came in.
People often try to get the most use out of their contact lenses by continuing to use their lenses after the end of their recommended duration of use, thinking that the daily, bi-weekly or monthly use recommendation provides for some margin of additional use. However, the reality is that by the one month recommendation of monthly contact lenses the manufacturer intends for the wearer not to exceed one month of wear time.
Wearing monthly contacts for more than a month
If you’re someone who wears your contact lenses to their breaking point, you may have found yourself asking on more than one occasion, “why do my contacts get blurry?” This may occur as a result of overuse of contact lenses leading to buildup of protein deposits on the surface of the lenses. The proteins found in your lacrimal fluid can accumulate on the surface of your lenses over time, especially if the lenses don’t receive proper and routine care and cleaning, or if the lenses are overworn for an extended period of time, despite regular cleaning.
So, what’s the big deal? Over time, protein buildup on the lenses can further decrease the oxygen that reaches your eyes and make them increasingly prone to irritation and infection that can eventually lead to vision loss if not properly treated.
What happens if you wear contacts past 30 days?
Of course, there may not be any visible signs that it’s time to switch out your monthly contacts for a fresh pair, and you may not even experience any blurred vision or discomfort, making it easy to forget when it’s time to break out a fresh pair. However, they will put your eyes at greater risk for inflammation, redness and infection, so do your eyes a favor and set an alarm or mark in your calendar when you need to replace your lenses.
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