Contact lens wearers practice proper eye care. A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb this past summer determined that an alarming number of people regularly use dangerous lubricants in place of lens solution to wet their lenses. Products such as baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, fruit juices, butter and others were all listed as substitutions that were used, by twenty percent of the 2,000 adults polled in the United Kingdom.
A larger number of those queried reported that they have used spit when putting lenses in their eyes. Considering that the mouth of the average adult contains hundreds of varieties of germs, this can pose a serious health risk to your eyes. To worsen the situation, far too many people presume that tap water, bottled water or distilled water are a safe alternative for contact solution, but even those may contain parasites that can cause damage to 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 wearing your lenses, it's advised to remove your contacts as soon as you can and disinfect them so no microorganisms can get stuck underneath.
The only thing that should be used to wash, sterilize, lubricate or store your contact lenses is approved lens solution. Don't ever store your contacts in water! Storing lenses in water does not sterilize them and harmful microorganisms can gather on your contacts almost instantly and enter your eyes with the contacts. In addition, lens solution is made to match the acidity of your tears and conversely water can cause a reaction which makes your contacts change shape or stick causing discomfort and blurred vision.
At times that proper storage or cleansing is difficult for you, you should definitely try to use daily disposable lenses instead of 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.
Before trying out contact lenses you should make sure you go over proper care guidelines with an eye care professional.
Remember failure to properly care for your lenses with proper contact solution can result in permanent harm, loss of vision and even total blindness!