Soft lenses are FDA approved to be worn every day and to be replaced after a specific time, for example, there are lenses that are approved for 2 weeks, for a month, for 3 months, and then you begin with a new one. Lenses that are worn as extended wear (worn during the day and at night while sleeping) cause more problems than lenses that are either worn only during the day or lenses such as orthokeratology molding lenses that are only worn at night.
Soft lenses that are not daily disposable lenses, must be cleaned after every use. As lenses get older, there are more deposits from your own tears that stay on the contact lens. When someone wears a lens for longer than they are approved for, then problems associated with contact lens over-wear can occur.
More deposits mean more potential for problems. When someone does not clean their lenses or does not replace them when they should be replaced, are at a greater risk for problems. If you or your child can keep to a regimen, these are great. If not, then this can lead to problems such as:
- Corneal Ulcer
- Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis
These are some examples of problems that our eye doctor near East Brunswick, NJ want to help you solve BEFORE they ever become a problem.