- “I know I’m not supposed to sleep in my contacts, but… it happens.”
- “My contacts are scheduled replacement lenses; I should change them every two weeks, but… I feel like they’re fine for another week. They just want me to buy more contacts. Plus, they feel fine.”
- “By the time I’m ready to take my contacts out, I’m ready to just fall into bed. And when I wake up, I need to get ready quickly. So maybe I don’t always clean my contact lenses like I used to… I can use eye-drops when they’re bothering me.”Firstly, we need to remember that our eyes are the most complex organs in our bodies next to the brain, accounting for about 80% of the sensory information our brain receives in a day. Secondly, contact lenses are medical devices. You wouldn’t forget to take your medication properly if you had a neurological disorder? Or neglect blood sugar monitoring if you were a diabetic, would you?
Failing to follow your optometrist or optometric assistant’s prescription could have negative effects on your eye health:
- Dry eyes
- Hypoxia- a lack of oxygen causing the cornea to swell
- Bacterial Infections
- Giant Papilary Conjunctiva – this may be one of the scariest in my opinion
- Inflammation of the cornea and/or lids
- Corneal ulcers
Please, do not override your professional’s recommendations for wear and cleaning. Those recommendations are there to protect you and your eyes.