Can Wearing Outdated Eyeglasses Or Contact Lenses Harm My Eyes?

At Clinton Eye Associates in Clinton, CT, we are a full-service optometry practice. Our optometrist will make sure that your prescription is up-to-date. If you are getting your yearly eye exam, you are unlikely to have outdated eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, most people do not throw out their old eyeglasses when they get a new pair.

Outdated Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are packed in solution and have an expiration date. Because they are placed directly into your eye, it is not recommended that you use them after they have expired. Most contacts have quite a long life, so unless you buy them in huge quantities, it is unlikely that you will have an issue with the expiration date. Just check before you open your pack. You don't want to take a chance that you could get an eye infection which could harm your eyes.

Outdated Eyeglasses

Most people have an old pair of glasses in a drawer somewhere. You never know when you may lose or break your current pair of glasses and need a backup pair. Will wearing an old pair of eyeglasses harm your eyes? No, it is unlikely to cause either temporary or permanent damage. Does that mean it is a good idea to wear your old glasses? If the prescription is close to your current one, it can be a temporary solution until you can get a new pair of eyeglasses. But, if it doesn't allow you to see clearly, you probably shouldn't drive with them and you can expect that it may result in blurred vision and a headache.

Contact us for Optometry Services in Clinton, CT

If you need an optometrist to update your eyeglasses or contact lenses, you can count on Clinton Eye Associates to provide friendly and professional service. Give our office a call today to make an appointment.

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