Users of contact lenses must practice proper eye care. Research performed by Bausch & Lomb in August revealed that a large number of people regularly use potentially harmful substances in place of lens solution to wet their lenses. Substances such as baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, fruit juices, butter as well as others were all mentioned as alternatives used, by twenty percent of the two thousand adults that responded in the UK.
A more worrisome number of the respondants reported that they use saliva when inserting their contacts. Considering we know that the mouth of the typical adult contains hundreds of different types of bacteria, this is clearly not a good idea. Additionally, an alarming number of individuals believe that tap water, bottled water or distilled water are a suitable substitute for contact solution, however even those may contain parasites that can damage the eye and have been associated with Acanthamoeba keratitis, an infection that threatens your eyesight. Even moreso, if water enters your eyes when swimming or bathing while your contacts are in, it's recommended to take out your contacts as soon as you can and thoroughly rinse them to rinse off any microorganisms that may have adhered to them.
Disinfecting your contacts is critical and only properly labeled contact solution should be used. Never keep your contact lenses in water! Storing your contacts in water isn't effective in sterilizing them and harmful fungi can multiply on your contacts within minutes and enter your eyes once you put them in. Additionally, contact lens solution is made to match the acidity of your tears and water on the other hand can cause a reaction which makes your contacts change shape or stick causing discomfort and blurred vision.
If necessary care is difficult for you, use one-use contacts rather than lenses that you reuse. It's essential to take age, lifestyle and level of maturity into consideration when determining which contact lens options are most suitable for the members of your family.
Before you or anyone in your family begins to wear contacts you should make sure to learn proper care guidelines with your eye doctor.
Only those who can understand how to properly care for contact lenses and how important this is should use contacts, especially long-term wear contacts. Failure to do so can cause irreversible harm, loss of sight and even complete blindness!