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Doctor insights on: What Happens If I Use Annual Contact Lens Longer Than A Year

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

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.

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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How long can you wear your contact lens?

Depends: On the contact. Most are daily wear meaning they can be worn all waking hours but should be removed for sleep. There are few that are designed for continuous wear.

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How long does a contact lens generally last?

How long does a contact lens generally last?

Depends: Each lens is designed to last a different amount of time. Some lenses are replaced daily, some two weeks, and some one month. A few lenses are replaced quarterly but these need to be enzyme cleaned weekly. The difference in lenses is how well they repel protein and other deposits.

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How long would a bottle of contact lens solution last for two?

How long would a bottle of contact lens solution last for two?

Varies: This depends entirely upon your usage pattern. Do you rinse the lens once? Twice? Three times per insertion. Do you take out your lenses daily? Weekly? Monthly? Are you liberal with use of the solution or use it sparingly? And how big is the bottle your are using? All of these must be factored in to determine the length of time a bottle will last.

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How long will a used contact lens still function if kept in a solution?

It depends: If kept in clean contact lens solution that is changed daily, used contact lenses should last a while. At least till the printed expiration date.

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How long does it take to get used to putting on and off the contact lens?

How long does it take to get used to putting on and off the contact lens?

Learned skill: This is a learned art and most will conquer the technique in less than a week. It will occur faster with the help of a friend who already is comfortable with contact lens insertion and removal and who can assist you at your side.

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What is risk of wearing disposable contact lens a little longer than you should?

What is risk of wearing disposable contact lens a little longer than you should?

Contacts: You risk an infection such as a corneal ulcer. This may damage your vision permanently and cause you to go blind, or perhaps require a corneal transplant. Do not sleep in your contact lenses.

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Is it ok to wear a 1.5 year old contact lens?

Is it ok to wear a 1.5 year old contact lens?

Depends: If it is in the original packaging and is unexpired, it is okay. Otherwise throw it away. Why would you risk your eye?

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How long can you wear contact lens without hurting your eyes?

What kind of lens?: Although there are extended wear contact lenses, I recommended daily removal before sleeping. Tears provide anti-infective compounds and enzymes which are in short supply during sleep when tear production drops. This puts the eye at greater risk for potentially sight threatening infections.

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How long could I wear contact lens at one time without hurting my eyes?

Contact lense: U can wear all day, take them off at night to soke in cleaning solution.

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How long does it take eyes to heal from contact lens irritation?

How long does it take eyes to heal from contact lens irritation?

No longer than: One day. If the irritation persists beyond this, see your eye doctor.

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How long should you wait to insert contact lens after using travatan drop for glaucoma?

How long should you wait to insert contact lens after using travatan drop for glaucoma?

30 minutes: Almost all my patients go to bed after instilling their prostaglandin analogue (travatan), therefore they are not wearing their contact lenses. I don't recommend sleeping in contacts. For the people who use anti glaucoma medications in the morning, I recommend waiting at least 30' before inserting contact lenses.

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How long does it take after taking a contact lens eye exam to get your contacts made and ready?

Contacts: This would depend on the type of contact lens. Hard contact lenses have to be specially made and fitted. Soft contact lenses are stocked in vials are readily available to all parameters usually.

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What do you advise if I'm using eye glass from two year. But now I want to try eye contact lens. But I don't know is contact lens is good?

What do you advise if I'm using eye glass from two year. But now I want to try eye contact lens. But I don't know is contact lens is good?

Ask eye doc: Your eye doctor can advise you on this. You will need to see him/her to be fit in contact lenses. There are many types of contact lenses available.

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Burned my eye yest using contact lens solution that is only for a vertical case. Flushed out. Eye still red & bd irritated. How long til it is better?

Burned my eye yest using contact lens solution that is only for a vertical case. Flushed out. Eye still red & bd irritated. How long til it is better?

Short term: The manufacturers of these products know that frequently users will use the solution in a way that it directly enters the eye (even though the directions oppose this). So they make these solutions weak enough that they will not damage the eyes and in a day or so, your eye should feel normal.

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What is the best operation to correct sight? I am 26 years old, contact lens -9.0 power right and left.

Myopic correction: There is not a single good proven procedure to correct high myopia like yours. Many factors need to be evaluated in decision making and some of those being thickness of your corneas, any ongoing refractive error changes over the last 6 months and your expecatations from the operation. You may be candidate for a refractive surgery based on ophthalmological examination and diagnostic tests.

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