Packaged medical devices like contact lenses have expiration dates the same way packaged foods, beverages and other perishable products do. It means they are no longer useful when they are past the date stated on the label. This article discusses what you need to know about expired contact lenses.
Soft Contacts Expiration
The typical soft contacts are those with expiration dates. Prior to distribution to optical shops and eye doctors, manufacturers must ensure they are sterilized and packaged in sealed containers to avoid contamination. Otherwise, they can harm the eyes of individuals using them. Disposable contact lenses, meanwhile, tend to be for single use only and are disposed of within the day.
The soft contacts’ expiration date indicates the final month and year where the sealed plastic containers are deemed free from contamination and the lenses safe to wear. These medical devices often expire after four years from the date of manufacturing and packaging.
Contact Lenses Prescription Expiration
Purchasing contact lenses would require eye doctors’ prescription first. It, too, has an expiration date, which falls on the last date the medical practitioner has authorized the patient to buy new ones as prescribed. Prescriptions expire after a year, after which the patient would have to undergo another eye exam and possible contact lenses consultation if refractive errors in the eyes have yet to be improved.
Contact Lens Solution Expiration
Contact lens solution is used to replace the liquid used in sealed cases or containers. It is not a good idea to use solution once it’s expired, even when it is still half-full. It may become contaminated, which can lead to severe infection or loss of vision.
At Vision Care Plus, we offer a wide array of specialty contact lenses that would suit your vision needs. To learn more, give us a call at (844) 201-5900. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Camrose, AB.