Contact Lens Health Week: Replace your lenses

August 22, 2023


Did you know that contact lenses are like underwear?

Like underwear, contact lenses need to be replaced regularly. Here are six reasons why:

  1. Maintaining Eye Health: Over time, contact lenses accumulate protein deposits, microbes, and other impurities that can increase the risk of eye infections and discomfort. Regular replacement helps keep your eyes healthier by minimizing these risks.
  2. Optimizing Vision: Contact lenses, like any optical device, can degrade over time. Their shape and surface quality may change, leading to blurred or less effective vision. Regular replacement ensures that you consistently enjoy sharp, clear vision.
  3. Preventing Dryness and Discomfort: Older contact lenses tend to become less comfortable, potentially causing dryness, irritation, or a gritty feeling in your eyes. By replacing your lenses as recommended, you can avoid these discomforts.
  4. Reducing the Risk of Allergic Reactions: As lenses age, they may accumulate allergens or irritants, leading to allergic reactions in your eyes. Replacing your lenses at the recommended intervals minimizes this risk.
  5. Staying Updated: Eye care technology and materials are constantly evolving. Regularly replacing your lenses allows you to benefit from the latest advancements in comfort, breathability, and vision correction.
  6. Compliance with Recommendations: Eye care professionals prescribe contact lenses with specific replacement schedules tailored to your eye health and lifestyle. Following their guidance ensures you get the most out of your lenses while safeguarding your eye health.

Like your underwear, make sure you replace your contact lenses regularly. Care is important- we only get one pair of eyes!


In addition to owning and managing Ezekiel Eyes, Damon is a contact lens consultant to various research organisations. He regularly lectures and conducts workshops in contact lens practice throughout Australia, Asia and the United States. Damon graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Optometry in 1989. He is now married with two children and enjoys running, hockey, swimming, piano, travelling and trekking.

Damon’s professional associations include:
President of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists
Practising Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society
Fellow of the Cornea & Contact Lens Society of Australia
Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
Member of Optometry Australia
Member of the Orthokeratology Society of Australia
Member of Alcon Australia advisory panel