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Fresh Lenses, Clear Eyes

How often do you leave your soft contact lenses in for just a few days extra? It's a fact of life that so many things are at their best when they're fresh. It's important to know that the same can also help you understand how often you should change your lenses. As a rule, you shouldn't leave them in your eyes for longer than you need to. Of course, it might seem okay to wear them just one more time, if you want to help your eyes stay healthy, keep to the lens timetable your optician determines. This means that if your optometrist tells you to change them daily, change them daily, because they're not made to be worn any longer than they're supposed to.

You might think, is it so bad to get just two or three extra wears out of them? To understand this idea, let's examine protein - not the dietary kind, but the natural protein in your eyes that builds up gradually on the surface of your lenses which forms a mild haze. Blurry eyesight is just the initial result.

As time goes on, these proteins evolve and trick your immune system into thinking the accumulation is a foreign particle, and the body's reaction can result in inflammation in the eye. And when this occurs, you won't be seeing your best. Even if you take the best possible care of your contacts, over time they stop being as clear and smooth, just due to regular deterioration.

So adhere to the plan your optometrist advises for you. When you replace your lenses on time, you will never notice the difference that is so obvious when you overwear them.


Please be advised that all office visits including exams, frame selections, repairs, pick-ups, and drop-offs are by appointment only. We are required to wear a face mask in our office and ask that you bring yours to your appointment.

We are happy to serve our patients and community and are committed to keeping you as safe as possible.

Thank you.

The Shuswap Optometric Team