Contact lens wearers know the importance of proper eye care. A study performed by Bausch & Lomb this past August determined that an alarming number of people are using strange chemicals rather than contact lens solution to keep their lenses moist. Substances including baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, fruit juices, butter and others were all listed as occasional substitutes, by twenty percent of the two thousand adults that responded in the United Kingdom.
Even more of the respondants indicated that they use spit when putting lenses in their eyes. Knowing that the mouth of the typical adult contains 500 to 650 varieties of bacteria, this is clearly not a good idea. Further, many people think that tap water, bottled water or distilled water are a safe substitute for contact lens solution, nevertheless even pure bottled water or distilled water can contain microorganisms that can damage the eye and have been associated with Acanthamoeba keratitis, a sight-threatening corneal infection. Even moreso, if water enters your eyes from a pool, ocean or even a bath while wearing your lenses, it's a good idea to remove your contacts as soon as possible and disinfect them to rinse away any microorganisms that may have stuck to them.
Disinfecting your contact lenses is an absolute and only properly labeled contact disinfectants should be used. It's dangerous to keep your lenses in water! Keeping contacts in water isn't effective in sterilizing them and dangerous fungi can multiply on your lenses almost instantly and enter your eyes with the contacts. Additionally, lens solution is made to compliment the acidity of your tears and water on the other hand can cause discomfort or blurred vision because your contacts may stick or change shape.
When you know that you do not have the means to properly disinfect your contact lenses, definitely try to use daily disposable lenses instead of lenses that you reuse. Be sure to consider daily routine when you are choosing between daily disposables and reusable contacts.
Before you begin to use contacts be sure to go over proper care guidelines with your optometrist.
Only individuals that can understand the proper way to care for contact lenses and how important this is should use contact lenses, especially reusable brands. Failure to do so can cause serious damage to the eyes or even total blindness.