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Contact lens use, especially old contact lens use is one of the highest risk factors when it comes to getting a corneal ulcer.
I am sorry but that does'nt really answer my question. I have read on line about corneal ulcers and as far as I understand, corneal ulcers are common when the user wears the contact lens overnight or for long periods of time. ( Which I don't ) I wear mine for 12 hours tops and they are cleaned and stored propertly overnight until the next morning. As long as I keep them clean and in good condition what is the real risk of anything happening?
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What bad could happen from wearing contact lenses like you are doing? Well I have, personally, had patients who have lost their eye.....had to cut it out and throw it in a bucket and fit them with an artificial, plastic eye. I've also had patients who, after spending tens of thousands of dollars and months/years of treatment, ended up with a eye that was legally blind.
The material that the contact lenses are made of deteriorates over time, becomes less oxygen permeable and can warp/tear causing problems with fit. They are like anything else, medicines, fresh food, etc....they go bad after a certain time.
I understand that over the last ten years you have not any problems using your contact lenses the way you have and I am glad to hear that. You have been very lucky. Using the same idea, there have been people who walk through a mine field and don't get blown up. However, you can understand that waking though a mine field is risky behavior and, sooner or later, they will step on a mine.
In my opinion, you are doing the same thing. I agree with your eye doctor. Any savings you may be obtaining by using your contacts for such an extended time if not worth it.
Does this make sense to you?
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