how long do contact lenses last w/o use?

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by Steve Kobes, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. Steve Kobes

    Steve Kobes Guest

    Would it be safe to wear contact lenses that have not been used in
    about two years? They're meant to last two months with daily use, but
    would they go bad just sitting in the case?

    They're soft lenses, power -5.50.
    Steve Kobes, Sep 23, 2004
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  2. Steve Kobes

    Dom Guest

    Bacterial or other infection is a worry. Whatever solution they have
    been soaking in has long since lost its disinfecting power. Who knows
    how many bacteria are growing on the lens, in the solution, or on the case.

    Also, any pre-existing protein deposits on the lens are now "baked-on"
    (like if you don't rinse your dinner plate immediately after eating, the
    food gets stuck on and harder to remove after a while). This may cause
    eye irritation and also is a magnet for bacteria.

    Since you have disposable lenses, you should make use of the
    "disposable" feature! Maybe they would be OK... but it's a risk that I
    wouldn't take. I've had viral keratitis from contacts - not pleasant!

    Dom, Sep 23, 2004
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