Do you have an “ahh feeling” when you take out your contacts after a long day? It may feel fantastic, but it’s a symptom that you’re wearing your contacts for too long. Contact lenses serve millions of people worldwide with ease and independence from glasses. Wearing contacts for longer than necessary is one of the riskiest practices for contact wearers, but how long is too long? How long can you safely keep contacts? Let’s look at some often-asked questions about wearing contact lenses.
How long can you wear contacts before getting a new pair?
This is determined by the type of lens supplied by your doctor. Most soft contact lenses are daily, biweekly, or monthly disposable. Because the manufacturer decides wear times, your contact lens box is the best place to learn about your unique wear time. For example, it’s a frequent assumption that monthly lenses should be worn “for a month or so…” although the manufacturer suggests no more than a month of wear.
How long are daily contacts?
The maximum recommended use period for most everyday lenses is 14 hours daily.
People who do not wish to rely on contact lens solutions should consider daily contact lenses. There’s no need to lug around a large bottle of solution everywhere you go. Furthermore, if you are sensitive to contact lens solutions or have an allergy, daily lenses are the solution you’ve been seeking. Finally, you can relax knowing that a new pair of contacts will be waiting for you in the morning.
How long are biweekly contacts effective?
The maximum recommended wear time for most biweekly lenses is 14 days.
Biweekly lenses provide a unique mix of benefits for consumers who want more life out of their contacts while still getting that new-lenses feeling. Of course, you’ll still need a contact lens solution to keep your contacts clean every night, but biweekly lenses are comfier on your eyes than monthly lenses.
How long are monthly contacts effective?
The maximum recommended wear time for monthly lenses is 30 days.
Monthly contact lenses are one of the oldest and most popular contact lenses. They are especially beneficial for those who want to spend less money on contacts each year.
Replace your old lenses with new ones based on how long they were designed and approved to endure. If you wear your contacts for an extra day, they will not self-destruct or melt away in your eyes but will accumulate deposits and proteins. This lowers the amount of oxygen that reaches your eyes over time. This can increase their susceptibility to infections, blood vessel development in the eye, and chronic inflammation and redness, leading to vision loss and contact lens sensitivity.
When replacing your contacts, they won’t necessarily feel unpleasant or cause cloudy vision. However, it’s easy to forget, so set the alarm or use a reminder app on your phone to help you remember.