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Do you ever leave your soft contact lenses in for more time than recommended? Everyone knows that most things are at their best when they are fresh. You won't be surprised to hear that the same rule applies to your contacts. You should never keep your lenses in your eyes longer than you're supposed to. Of course, it might seem harmless to use them just one more time, if you want your eyes to look healthy, don't overlook the wearing and changing schedule your optician gives you. So, if your optician tells you to change them monthly, then change them every month, because they can't withstand reuse.

A lot of people think to themselves, can't I get a couple additional wears out of them? To explain this, let's take a look at protein - and we don't mean the kind you eat, but the natural protein in your tears that builds up gradually on your lenses which forms a thin haze. Unclear vision is only the first symptom.

Eventually these proteins change form and make your immune system think the formation is a foreign particle, and this can lead to eye irritation, itching and redness. This leads to a situation where your eyesight suffers. External elements like pollen or dust can also accumulate on the lens, which also makes eyesight less clear. Even if you take the best possible care of your contacts, as time passes, they become less clear and smooth, which is the result of normal wear and tear.

It's smart to keep to the schedule your optometrist decides on for you. Nobody has the same eyes, so only your eye care professional should decide on the appropriate contact lens replacement schedule for you. If you dispose of and replace your contact lenses at the correct times, you will never even recognize the difference that is so obvious when you wear them any longer than you're meant to.