When it comes to contact lenses, it is crucial to practice proper eye hygiene. Research performed by Bausch & Lomb this past August revealed that many people were using strange substances rather than lens solution to keep their lenses moist. Substances such as baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, fruit juices, butter and others were all listed as alternatives used, by one eighth of the 2,000 adults that responded in the United Kingdom.
Even more of those surveyed reported that they have used saliva when putting lenses in their eyes. Knowing that the mouth of the typical adult is known to be the home of hundreds of different types of germs, this can pose a serious health risk to your eyes. To worsen the situation, far too many people believe that tap water, bottled water or distilled water are a safe replacement for lens solution, nevertheless even those can contain microorganisms that can cause damage to the eye and have been linked to Acanthamoeba keratitis, a sight-threatening infection. In fact, if you get water in your eyes when swimming or bathing while your contacts are in, it's advised to take out your lenses as quickly as you can and disinfect them so no microorganisms can get trapped underneath.
Sterilizing your lenses is a must and only approved lens solution should be used. It's dangerous to store your lenses in water! Keeping your lenses in water isn't effective in sterilizing them and harmful pathogens can gather on your lenses in minutes and enter your eyes once you put them in. Further, contact solution is made to match the saltiness of the tear film in your eyes and conversely water can cause discomfort or blurred vision because your lenses may stick or lose their shape.
When necessary storage or cleansing is difficult for you, use one-use lenses rather than resusable lenses. Be sure to consider way of life when you are choosing between daily disposables and reusable contacts.
Remember failure to properly care for your contacts with proper contact solution can result in permanent eye damage or even total blindness.
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