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The Do’s and Don’ts of Contact Lens Solution

Contact lens wearers practice proper eye care. A study performed by Bausch & Lomb this past summer revealed that an alarming number of people were using dangerous lubricants rather than lens solution to keep their lenses moist. Everything from baby oil, to coke to petroleum jelly was reportedly used as a substitute to actual contact lens solution by one eighth of the two thousand adults surveyed in the UK.

A larger number of those surveyed reported that they use saliva when inserting their contacts. Knowing that the mouth of the average adult contains 500 to 650 different types of germs, this can pose a serious health risk to your eyes. To worsen the situation, far too many individuals think that water from a tap or bottle is a safe substitute for contact lens solution, nevertheless even those can contain parasites that can cause damage to the eye and have been associated with Acanthamoeba keratitis, an infection that could lead to blindness. In fact, if you get water in your eyes when swimming or bathing while wearing your lenses, it's a good idea to remove your lenses as soon as possible and disinfect them so no parasites can get trapped underneath.

The only fluid that you should use to wash, sterilize, lubricate or store your contact lenses is proper contact solution. Never keep your contact lenses in water! Keeping your lenses in water does not thoroughly clean them and harmful fungi can grow on your contacts almost instantly and enter your eyes with the contacts. Further, lens solution is balanced to compliment the saltiness of the tear film in your eyes and conversely water can cause a reaction which makes your contacts change shape or stick causing discomfort and blurred vision.

If you know that you do not have the means to properly disinfect your contacts, you should definitely use one-use contact lenses as opposed to lenses that you reuse. It's essential to take age, daily routine and level of maturity into consideration when determining which contacts are most suitable for the members of your family.

Prior to purchasing contacts be sure to discuss proper care guidelines with your eye doctor.

Only those who are capable of understanding how to properly care for contact lenses and how important this is should wear contact lenses, particularly reusable brands. Failure to do so can lead to severe damage to the eyes, vision loss and even blindness!