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Doctor insights on: What Happens If I Use A Ripped Contact Lens

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What happens if I use a ripped contact lens?

What happens if I use a ripped contact lens?

You risk infection: Torn contacts have sharp edges that can scratch the eye. This can in turn allow bacteria from the contact or eye surface to get under the skin and cause a serious eye infection. Do not use a torn contact lens! ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Contact Lens Use (Definition)

A contact lens is a thin plastic or glass lens that is fitted over the colored part of the eye. It may be used for corrective, cosmetic, or therapeutic purposes. ...Read more


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What happens if I use annual contact lens longer than a year?

Bad idea: Standard response for changing the lens case is 3-6 months. Best to always check to see if it's dirty. Using longer than a year may increase chances for a contact lens related corneal infection. ...Read more

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Might I use contact lens bottle to keep lens?

No: It will not keep the lens clean and you will contaminate the cap and the rest of the fluid in the bottle. ...Read more

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Is is bad to change what type of contact lens you use?

Is is bad to change what type of contact lens you use?

Not usually: I frequently operate under the rule <<"if it aint broke, dont fix it">> so if a patient is happy with their current lenses, change the prescription as needed and use the same one. But there are changes in this field every month, new and sometimes safer designs, and unfortunately the all to often buy out of one line by another firm, simply to get rid of a competitior. You then have no choice. ...Read more

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Please explain why does my left contact lens get blurry after 2 days of use?

Contact lenses: Can cause blurring due to a couple of possible reasons. The contact power may be incorrect, you may not be tolerating the type of lens you are using (although you would expect the other eye to bother you), or you may not be cleaning your lenses properly. If you are wearing disposable lenses, try a new one to see if this helps. Otherwise, discuss with your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Can I use old contact lens? I mean ones that have past their expiration date?

Expired contacts: Do not use contact lenses that have expired. They sit in a solution that has a shelf life. Doing so puts you at risk for problems including infection that can lead to severe vision loss (blindness) or even loss of eye. ...Read more

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Can you re-wet and re-use contact lens when they've been out in the open for over 9 hours?

Dried up lenses: I would not use them if they have been in the open for 9 jhours! even if you rewet them, ther ewill be bacteria on them that you cannot rid off even with= washing. ...Read more