When considering the option of contact lenses, it is important to consider both the positive aspects as well as the potential draw backs of using them. One common problem many users encounter when wearing contacts is protein build-up.
Protein build-up can cause lenses to become cloudy, irritating, or less comfortable than normal. It can also lead to further eye conditions if not properly attended to.
Before disposable lenses, contact wearers used an enzymatic cleanser once a week to remove protein deposits. These cleansers were not completely effective at removing deposits. After wearing the lenses for a few months, a build-up of protein would occur.
Today, there are more modern materials used in lenses. Lenses can be cleaned more effectively from the comfort of one’s own home and they can be used much longer than they once were. On the other hand, users of disposable lenses do not need to use an enzymatic cleanser.
When build-up becomes a problem, usually within a two week span, the lenses can be thrown away and a fresh new pair is used. Some wearers who experience allergies, or who experience more severe protein deposits can even use a daily disposable lens.
If you have questions or are concerned about protein build-up, ask your eye care provider. Your optical professional can customize your contact use with the right mix of lenses, cleaning solutions, fitting and lens replacement to best meet your needs.
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