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27 October 2006 @ 01:27 am
contact lenses  
I think I mgiht have asked this before, but I can't remember the answer.

I have cat-eye contact lenses that at this point are many (at least 5) years old. They've only been worn maybe 6 times ever. From what I can read on the web, you want to replace your contact lenses after a year, but that's assuming you are wearing them for the entire time. It seems that most problems stem from depositis and bacteria, and not the plastic itself aging. I've even been changing the fluid once every 4-5 months, just to double make sure.

But here's the thing, I don't want to mess with my eyes. I would like to wear them again, for maybe 5 hours. I don't know how much of a risk this would be, but with my current amount of information, I would tend to say no.

Anyone have any enlightenment? Is it time to throw them out?
In the end, I'll know, but on the way, I wondergorgo on October 27th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
Hmm. I'd think that the main thing to be careful of would be to disenfect them like crazy before wearing. My suggestion would be to call an eye doctor and see what they say.
ξενική μὲν, χρησίμη δὲtla on October 27th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC)
In my experience, if they are bad for you then they will be painful when you put them in, and that will be the best signal that hey, you shouldn't be wearing them. So I'd just try putting one in and seeing if it hurts, and dumping them both immediately if it does.

On the other hand, it's possible that I'm more cavalier with my contact lenses than other people would be.
chenoamegchenoameg on October 27th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
Do you have a history of eye infections?

If the answer is no I would think it was safe to wear them, but to pay attention to any eye irritation you feel in the next week. But this answer is entirely made up and not based on any research.
the coproduct of doomoonh on October 27th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
This makes me think... can you get custom ddr arrow contacts?

(I hereby disclaim all responsibility for the above idea)