Great to hear about the products! Let's talk about your contact lens care. With the contact lenses, if you abuse them for too long, and we can see the abuse that is usually a permanent scarring situation, that means you've probably had some past infections that have developed so bad that they cause scarring to occur. If you can still see, you're lucky because if that scarring occurs in the middle of your cornea,, it will cause you to go blind permanently.
I've had 5 patients go blind because they didn't listen to my care instructions, so it's something that if you don't take care of your contacts, yes it can be permanent. I don't know in your situation... I'd have to look at the front of your eyes... but if you abuse them and sleep in them, that's the biggest culprit for irritation and problems. You are putting a piece of plastic on your eye. It is depriving your eye of oxygen. Your eye gets oxygen from the air out here, and you're putting a piece of plastic on it and then you're sleeping. By putting a closed eyelid on it, you're depriving your corneas of oxygen even further. When they're deprived of oxygen, they call out for help in the form of an infiltrate or an ulcer. When that happens, it can scar and if that scarring occurs in the front of your eye, right in the middle, it will cause you to look through a blurry scar at all times. Then, you'll have to have a corneal transplant to be able to see. I don't say that to scare you, but I do because we've seen nasty infections from contact lenses. We've seen people go blind from them, and you do not want to abuse your contact lenses in any way.
That's why we fit probably 50% Dailies in our practice and we took the practice from no Dailies at all and we took it over to 50% by the time we ended up selling it. There are multiple patients that I've seen that I have threatened to or taken away their contact lenses and they have to go elsewhere to get them because I will not prescribe them for somebody that has tons of scarring on the front of their eyes. If I know you're sleeping in your lenses for a year at a time, then I will not prescribe them for you and that's just how it is. They go to another doctor and it's awful and it's a bad cycle. We don't like that behavior and we don't like those hygienic standards. We don't want to be responsible for your blindness.