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OD Advice: The Proper Way to Care For Your Contact Lenses

When it comes to wearing contact lenses, it is crucial to know the importance of proper eye care. A study performed by Bausch & Lomb in August revealed that many people are using dangerous lubricants rather than contact solution to moisten their lenses. Everything from baby oil, to lemonade to butter was reportedly used as an alternative to proper contact lens solution by twenty percent of the two thousand adults polled in the UK.

Even more of the respondants reported that they have used spit when putting lenses in their eyes. Since we know that the mouth of the average adult is known to contain hundreds of different types of microorganisms, this is clearly not a good idea. To worsen the situation, an alarming number of individuals presume that tap water, bottled water or distilled water are a suitable replacement for lens solution, nevertheless even those can 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 when swimming or bathing while wearing your contacts, it's a good idea to remove your contacts as soon as possible and disinfect them so no bacteria can get trapped underneath.

Sterilizing your lenses is an absolute and only approved lens disinfectants should be used. Never keep your contacts in water! Storing your lenses in water isn't effective in disinfecting them and dangerous pathogens can grow on your lenses almost instantly and eventually enter your eyes. In addition, lens solution is balanced 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.

If proper care is difficult for you, you should try to use one-use contacts as opposed to lenses that you reuse. You should always take age, way of life and level of maturity into consideration when deciding which contact lens options are best for the members of your family.

Only those who are capable of understanding the proper way to care for contact lenses and the importance of doing so should use contact lenses, especially long-term wear contacts. Failure to do so can lead to serious harm or even total blindness.