Slept in your contacts again? Can’t remember when you started a new set? It happens, but continuously wearing your contacts too long puts your eyes at serious risk. Overwear can lead to discomfort, torn lenses, irritation, and—worst case—an infection. How often you change your contacts depends on the type you wear, but it’s incredibly important to adhere to the guidelines, so we’ve shared them below.
These contacts are only meant to be worn for a single day. When wearing dailies, there’s no need to ever put these contact lenses into a case or use cleaning solution. When they come out of your eye, they should go straight into the trash.
These contacts have a longer wear period of one to two weeks, depending on the brand. They should be removed and stored in a case with fresh solution each night, then disposed of after no more than two weeks of wear.
These contacts have an even longer wear period of one month. They should be removed and stored in a case with fresh solution each night, then disposed of after four weeks.
Although much less common, you can also be prescribed traditional lenses that are good for anywhere from six months to year. Follow your eye doctor’s recommendation for how often to open a fresh pair.
Regardless of which type of contact you’ve been prescribed, it’s important to remember that the prescribed wear schedules are for a maximum amount of time. You may find that a contact lens starts to irritate your eye or gets torn before you’ve worn it for the full period. If this happens, throw it out and open up a new lens. In the case of contacts, less time is more, so remember to always put your eyes first.
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