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OD Advice: The Best Way to Take Care of Your Contact Lenses

Users of contact lenses must know the importance of proper eye care. A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb this past August revealed that many adults regularly use dangerous substances rather than contact lens solution to soak their lenses. Everything from baby oil, to coke to butter was reportedly used as a substitute to actual lens solution by one eighth of the two thousand adults surveyed in the United Kingdom.

Even more of the respondants reported that they use saliva when inserting their contacts. Since research shows that the typical adult mouth contains 500 to 650 varieties of microorganisms, this can pose a serious health risk to your eyes. Additionally, far too many people think that tap water, bottled water or distilled water are a safe substitute for contact lens solution, however even pure bottled water or distilled water may contain microorganisms that can damage the eye and have been linked to Acanthamoeba keratitis, an infection that could lead to blindness. Even moreso, if water enters your eyes when swimming or bathing while your contacts are in, it's a good idea to remove your lenses as quickly as possible and disinfect them so no microorganisms can get stuck to the surface of your eye.

Disinfecting your contact lenses is a must and only approved contact solution should be used. Don't ever keep your lenses in water! Leaving your contact lenses in water does not sterilize them and dangerous microorganisms can multiply on your lenses within minutes and eventually enter your eyes. Additionally, lens solution is made to compliment 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.

At times that proper storage or cleansing is not possible for you, you should try to use daily disposable lenses as opposed to lenses that you reuse. Be sure to take into consideration your way of life when you are choosing between daily disposables and reusable contacts.

Before trying out your first pair of contacts you should make sure to learn proper care guidelines with an eye care professional.

Only those who are capable of understanding how to properly care for contact lenses and the importance of doing so should use contact lenses, especially reusable brands. Failure to do so can lead to permanent damage to the eyes or even complete blindness.