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How Do You Clean Your Contacts?

A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb this past August determined that a large number of adults regularly use dangerous substances in place of contact lens solution to moisten their lenses. Substances including baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, fruit juices, butter as well as others were all mentioned as occasional substitutes, by twenty percent of the two thousand adults polled in the UK.

Even more of those surveyed reported that they use saliva when putting lenses in their eyes. Considering that the typical adult mouth is known to contain hundreds of different types of germs, this can pose a serious health risk to your eyes. To worsen the situation, far too many people think that tap water, bottled water or distilled water are a safe substitute for lens solution, however even pure bottled water or distilled water can contain microorganisms that can damage the eye and have been linked to Acanthamoeba keratitis, a sight-threatening infection. Even moreso, if water enters your eyes from a pool, ocean or even a bath while your contacts are in, it's advised to take out your lenses as soon as you can and thoroughly rinse them so no bacteria can get stuck to the surface of your eye.

Disinfecting your contacts is critical and only approved contact disinfectants should be used. It's dangerous to keep your contacts in water! Storing your lenses in water does not sterilize them and harmful microorganisms can gather on your contacts in minutes and enter your eyes once you put them in. Further, lens solution is balanced to match the acidity of your tears and conversely water can cause discomfort or blurred vision since your contacts may stick or change shape.

When proper storage or cleansing is not possible for you, definitely try to use one-use contact lenses instead of resusable lenses. Be sure to consider way of life when you are choosing which type of contacts to purchase.

Prior to trying out contact lenses you should make sure you learn proper care guidelines with your eye doctor.

Don't forget failure to properly clean and disinfect your contact lenses with approved contact solution can lead to serious eye damage, vision loss and even blindness!