Contact lenses have a limited lifespan, which is usually stated on the packaging. Have you ever thought about wearing your lenses longer than you intended? And have you ever thought about the risks of wearing expired lenses?
Problems with out-of-date contact lenses
Expired lenses can cause a number of health problems, including eye infections, inflammation and corneal ulcers, which can be very painful. When lenses are past their expiration date, the lens material begins to degrade, which can lead to a decrease in lens performance.
Expired lenses can lose their shape and flexibility, which can lead to a decrease in the quality of vision. Expired lenses may also discolour, crack or tear easily. This can cause eye irritation or pain. Please note that expired contact lenses can be a breeding ground for bacteria and germs.
If your lenses are not stored properly, they can become contaminated with microorganisms that can cause serious eye infections.
Expired lenses may contain dirt and dust particles. It is therefore important that you check the expiry date on your lenses and replace them regularly. If you have any doubts about the life of your lenses, don't hesitate to consult your optician. They will be able to advise you on how to store your lenses properly and how often you should replace them.
Caring for your contact lenses
Take care of your contact lenses by following the cleaning and disinfecting instructions that came with your lenses. If you do not clean your lenses properly, you may get an eye infection. Be sure to wash your hands and dry them with a clean, soft cloth before handling your lenses.
In conclusion, wearing expired contact lenses can cause many eye problems, including infection, inflammation and corneal ulcers. So make sure you respect the expiry date on your lenses and replace them regularly. Also, take care of your lenses by cleaning and disinfecting them often. If you have any doubts or questions about the life of your lenses, don't hesitate to consult an optician. Take care of your eyes, they are precious!