Research conducted by Bausch & Lomb this past summer showed that a large number of people are using dangerous lubricants in place of contact lens solution to keep their lenses moist. Substances including baby oil, beer, coke, Vaseline, lemonade, fruit juice, butter as well as others were all mentioned as alternatives used, by twenty percent of the two thousand adults surveyed in the British survey.
A larger number of those surveyed indicated that they use saliva when inserting their contacts. Knowing that the typical adult mouth contains 500 to 650 varieties of bacteria, this can pose a serious health risk to your eyes. To worsen the situation, far too many individuals presume that tap water, bottled water or distilled water are a safe replacement for contact solution, nevertheless even pure bottled water or distilled water may contain parasites that can damage the eye and have been linked to Acanthamoeba keratitis, an infection that could lead to blindness. Even moreso, if you get water in your eyes when swimming or bathing while wearing your lenses, it's advised to remove your contacts as soon as possible and thoroughly rinse them so no parasites can get trapped underneath.
The only fluid that should be used to wash, sterilize, lubricate or soak your contacts is approved contact lens solution. Never keep your contacts in water! Keeping contact lenses in water isn't effective in disinfecting them and harmful fungi can gather on your lenses almost instantly and eventually enter your eyes. Additionally, lens solution is made to match the acidity of the tear film in your eyes and conversely water can cause discomfort or blurred vision because your contacts may stick or lose their shape.
At times that you know that you do not have the means to properly disinfect your lenses, try to use daily disposable contacts instead of lenses that you reuse. It's important to take age, lifestyle and level of maturity into consideration when deciding which contact lens options are most suitable for the members of your family.
Only those who are capable of understanding how to properly care for contact lenses and how important this is should wear contact lenses, particularly long-term wear contacts. Failure to do so can result in serious eye damage, vision loss and even complete blindness!