A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb in August revealed that an alarming number of individuals regularly use strange chemicals in place of lens solution to keep their lenses moist. Products including baby oil, beer, coke, Vaseline, fruit juices, butter as well as others were all mentioned as alternatives used, by one eighth of the 2,000 adults surveyed in the British survey.
Even more of those queried indicated that they have used saliva when inserting their contacts. Since we know that the mouth of the typical adult is known to be the home of 500 to 650 different types of germs, this can pose a serious health risk to your eyes. Additionally, far too many individuals presume that tap water, bottled water or distilled water are a suitable alternative for contact lens solution, although even those may contain parasites that can damage the eye and have been linked to Acanthamoeba keratitis, an infection that threatens your eyesight. Even moreso, if you get water in your eyes from a pool, ocean or even a bath while your contacts are in, it's advised to take out your lenses as quickly as possible and disinfect them so no parasites can get trapped underneath.
Sterilizing your contact lenses is an absolute and only approved contact lens disinfectants should be used. It's dangerous to keep your contacts in water! Keeping contact lenses in water isn't effective in disinfecting them and harmful pathogens can gather on your contacts in minutes and enter your eyes once you put them in. In addition, contact solution is balanced to compliment the saltiness 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.
If adequate care is not possible for you, consider using daily disposable contact lenses rather than resusable lenses. You should always take age, way of life and level of maturity into consideration when deciding which contacts are best for the members of your family.
Before wearing contacts be sure you discuss proper care guidelines with your eye doctor.
Don't forget failure to properly care for your contact lenses with proper contact lens solution can lead to permanent damage to the eyes or even total blindness.