When it comes to use of contacts, it is of utmost importance to know the importance of proper eye hygiene. A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb this past summer revealed that many people are using potentially harmful substances rather than lens solution to keep their lenses moist. Substances such as baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, lemonade, fruit juice, butter and others were all listed as substitutions that were used, by twenty percent of the two thousand adults polled in the UK.
Even more of the respondants indicated that they have used spit when inserting their contacts. Considering that the average adult mouth contains hundreds of varieties of germs, this can pose a serious health risk to your eyes. Additionally, far too many people believe that tap water, bottled water or distilled water are a suitable replacement for lens solution, but even those can contain parasites that can damage the eye and have been linked to Acanthamoeba keratitis, a sight-threatening corneal infection. In fact, if water enters your eyes from a pool, ocean or even a bath while your lenses are in, it's advised to remove your lenses as quickly as you can and disinfect them to rinse off any microorganisms that may have adhered to them.
The only liquid that you should use to rinse, sterilize, lubricate or soak your contacts is approved contact solution. Don't ever keep your contacts in water! Keeping your contacts in water isn't effective in disinfecting them and dangerous microorganisms can gather on your contacts almost instantly and enter your eyes with the contacts. In addition, contact solution is made to compliment the acidity of the tear film in your eyes and conversely water can cause discomfort or blurred vision since your contacts may stick or lose their shape.
When proper storage or cleansing is difficult for you, consider using one-use lenses rather than resusable lenses. Speak to your optometrist about taking age, daily routine and level of responsibility into consideration when deciding which contact lens options are most suitable for you.
Before you or anyone in your family begins to wear contact lenses be sure to learn proper care guidelines with an eye care professional.
Keep in mind that failure to properly care for your contact lenses with approved contact solution can cause serious harm or even complete blindness.