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Can I Share My Contact Lenses With a Friend? Swift’s (Strict) Answer!

Can I Share My Contact Lenses With a Friend? Swift’s (Strict) Answer!

In past posts, you have read that although it may not be suitable to wear a friends prescription glasses, it won’t have any lasting effects on your eyes. Due to this, you may be thinking that this pertains to contact lenses as well. If so, think again. Let’s be clear on this, you should never share your contact lenses.

Two Reasons. First Reason.

There are two main reasons why this is a huge no-no. First of all, since a contact lens sits directly on your eye, the risk of getting an eye infection grows tremendously. You may know Suzy well enough to know all her secrets, but I bet you aren’t aware of all the bacteria that will happily travel along when you borrow her lenses for the day. Conditions such as pink eye and acanthamoeba keratitis (sight threatening condition when parasites invade the eye) can be procured when sharing eye contacts, and can be very uncomfortable and embarrassing.

Symptoms that you may be getting an eye infection include:

  • Red eyes
  • Swollen eyes
  • Eye discharge
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Itching
  • Blurry vision
  • Watery/Dry eyes

Second Reason.

The second reason you should never share your contacts is that everyone has a different prescription. Only a doctor can properly diagnose what you need to see clearly, and which brand of contacts will work for you (and no, Suzy doesn’t qualify as a doctor). Again, let me say that it’s important that you don’t try any type of contact lens until you visit an eye care professional.

Now that you know the facts, let’s get to the good stuff. Once you’ve received your prescription, head on over to our contact lens’ section to click, buy, and receive! Have you explored our new website yet? What’s your favourite section, and why? Let us know!

Written by: Kaitlin Cartwright

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