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The Importance of Removing Contacts when you Sleep

POSTED ON August 30, 2009

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Fall classes officially start tomorrow here in Bloomington! Summer has finally come to a close. Settling in this week has consisted of shoving tons of clothes in to a tiny closet, readjusting to shared bathrooms, and getting to know all the wonderful girls I’m living with this year. A few nights ago, one of the girls came in with very red, swollen eyes. I asked her what was going on, and she informed me that she had slept in her contact lenses for three consecutive months and ...

Fall classes officially start tomorrow here in Bloomington! Summer has finally come to a close. Settling in this week has consisted of shoving tons of clothes in to a tiny closet, readjusting to shared bathrooms, and getting to know all the wonderful girls I’m living with this year.

A few nights ago, one of the girls came in with very red, swollen eyes. I asked her what was going on, and she informed me that she had slept in her contact lenses for three consecutive months and as a result had developed an allergy to the proteins her eyes make when she wears contacts.

This is a perfect example of why it is so important to listen to and comply with all the instructions eye care doctors give you after an eye examination.

Even premium contact lenses that  have been designed for overnight wear are not made for literal constant wear for extended periods of time. It is very, very important to remove contact lenses at very least weekly and wash them thoroughly in solution to remove any protein buildup or other bacteria that may be growing on the lenses.

Wearing your contacts longer than the recommended period of time without removal can result in serious eye damage and in some cases, even blindness.

If you have any questions regarding contact lenses, feel free to contact us at any time.  www.drtavel.com/contact_us/

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