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My contact lens has dried out. Can I use it?

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Published At October 13, 2014
Reviewed AtJanuary 21, 2022

Patient's Query

Hello Doctor,

I did not use my contact lenses for two weeks. When I opened the lens case after 2 weeks, my coloured (monthly) lenses had dried out. One of the them seems to be a little smaller. Can I use it?

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com

  •   I suggest you not to use the lenses.
  •   Because the solution which protects them from microbes has dried out, there are chances of acanthamoeba infections.
  •   So it is better to change the lens to prevent infections.

Consult an eye care ophthalmologist online to choose contact lenses that suit you --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/eye-care-ophthalmologist

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Yelamanchili Alekhya
Dr. Yelamanchili Alekhya

General Practitioner

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