Contact lens wearers be fully aware of the importance of proper eye care. Research conducted by Bausch & Lomb this past summer revealed that many people are using dangerous substances in place of contact solution to keep their lenses moist. Substances including baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, fruit juices, butter as well as others were all listed as alternatives used, by twenty percent of the two thousand adults that responded in the British survey.
Even more of those queried indicated that they use spit when inserting their contacts. Considering we know that the average adult mouth contains 500 to 650 different types of microorganisms, this is clearly not a good idea. Further, far too many individuals believe that water from a tap or bottle is a suitable replacement for contact lens solution, but even pure bottled water or distilled water may contain parasites that can damage the eye and have been linked to Acanthamoeba keratitis, a sight-threatening corneal infection. Even moreso, if water enters your eyes from a pool, ocean or even a bath while your contacts are in, it's a good idea to remove your contacts as quickly as you can and thoroughly rinse them to rinse off any microorganisms that may have adhered to them.
Our eye doctors recommend that the only thing that you should use to rinse, sterilize, lubricate or soak your lenses is approved contact lens solution. Don't ever keep your contacts in water! Keeping contact lenses in water does not thoroughly clean them and harmful bacteria can gather on your contacts almost instantly and enter your eyes once you put them in. Further, contact solution is made to match the acidity 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.
At times that you know that you do not have the means to properly disinfect your contact lenses, definitely use daily disposable contact lenses rather than lenses that you reuse. Be sure to consider daily routine when you are deciding which type of contacts to purchase.
Remember failure to properly clean and disinfect your contact lenses with approved contact solution can lead to severe eye damage, loss of vision and even total blindness!