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Old 12-10-2009, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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I have always used my contact lenses much longer than I had to wear. For example, I have Acuvue Oasys that I suppose to wear for up to two weeks, I've been wearing them for almost 5 months now.
But I always clean them and use solution. Nothing happens anyway, they just lie to us so we waste money on buying them.
I also had one daily lenses that I wore for 3 months.

Have you/are you doing the same?
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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YES! I NEVER dispose of my contacts until they either rip or become uncomfortable. I figure if they are disinfected each night, there is no real risk. I can't afford to replace as frequently as they recommend. Also, years ago, I wore extended wear contacts until they stopped making them. I never had problems.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:54 PM
 
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Yes but unfortunately not by choice. I know we're supposed to change them out every couple of weeks but I wear mine for several mos before changing them. I'm still wearing the last of the box from July of last year. But come Feb I'm going in for a exam and will get new ones.
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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So I'm not the only one
As long as we disinfect them every night, we could wear them for several months.
Yesterday, I bought my new contacts from online, and wore new ones today. I am suppose to wear them for two weeks, but it will probably be 3 - 4 months
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:02 AM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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No you are not alone. When I wore Acuvue II my doctor told me that I could wear them for 4 weeks as long as I took them out every night. They are cheap so I usually kept to that schedule but not always.

Now I wear Biofinity which are good for a month and can be worn for up to 7 days. They have more oxygen in them than the Acuvue's and my eyes tolerate them much better.
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Old 12-11-2009, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Bon Temps
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I usually wear them til they tear, I have stretched them out for 3 months plus on several occasions. Probably not a good idea, but it is definitely cheaper that way. I do not wear them when I am at home at night and weekends when I am home so it gives my eyes a chance to rest.
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Old 12-12-2009, 08:55 AM
 
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I am a contact lens wearer, and my lenses are supposed to be worn for two weeks and then thrown out. I have worn then for a year up to a year and a half. They were comfortable so I didn't toss them. Then I'd realize how long it had been and I'd toss them after a year had gone by. Because I was wearing them so long I didn't need to get a new box of contacts for several years, rather than the one year they should have lasted.

A few months ago I went to an optometrist because my contacts had just expired. He did an eye exam, and could immediately tell that I wear my contacts longer than I should. When I told him just how long, he was truly horrified. He told me I had small blood vessels surrounding my iris, which is evidence of the damage that wearing them so long has done. After he told me that, I took a two month break from wearing lenses at all, and then have only been wearing them for a month and then tossing them. So I now have broken that habit I had been doing for years. I didn't tell him that I would regularly take long naps in those contacts I would wear for over a year (though I would never sleep in them).

I'm going to start writing the date I put in a new pair on my calendar, and toss them a month after that.
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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I wear my monthlies for at least a full season. I disinfect each night; I think they tell you to replace them so often just to make money.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:15 PM
 
Location: ATL suburb
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I'm so glad to see this thread! I wear Acuvue II colored contacts, and I find that after about 3 months, wearing the contacts start to feel a little less comfortable.

When I wore clear contacts, I could extend a pair to a year.
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:33 PM
 
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I think that it has to do with health of the eyes. You wear them longer, you could get serious eye infection that could lead to blindness.
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