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Cleaning Your Contact Lenses

Contact lens wearers should be fully aware of the importance of proper eye hygiene. Research conducted by Bausch & Lomb this past summer determined that a large number of individuals regularly use potentially harmful substances instead of contact solution to soak their lenses. Everything from baby oil, to coke to butter was reportedly used as a substitute to proper contact solution by 20% of the 2,000 adults surveyed in the United Kingdom.

Even more of those surveyed reported that they have used saliva when inserting their contacts. Since we know that the mouth of the average adult contains 500 to 650 varieties of bacteria, this can pose a serious health risk to your eyes. To worsen the situation, many people presume that tap water, bottled water or distilled water are a safe alternative for contact lens solution, although even those can contain parasites that can cause damage to the eye and have been linked to Acanthamoeba keratitis, a sight-threatening infection. If water gets on the contact lenses when swimming or bathing while wearing your contacts, the lenses can become contaminated.  Cleaning and disinfecting them may not be effective on certain parasites that can be found in water.

Disinfecting your contact lenses after wearing them is critical and only approved lens disinfectants should be used. It's dangerous to keep your contacts in water! Leaving your contacts in water isn't effective in disinfecting them and harmful fungi can gather on your lenses in minutes and eventually enter your eyes. In addition, lens solution is made to match the acidity of the tear film in your eyes and conversely water can cause a reaction which makes your contacts change shape or stick causing discomfort and blurred vision.

If you know that you do not have the means to properly disinfect your contact lenses, try to use single-use daily disposable contact lenses rather than resusable lenses. You should always take age, lifestyle and level of maturity into consideration when determining which contact lens options are most suitable for you.

Only individuals that can understand the proper way to care for contact lenses and how important this is should use contact lenses, especially reusable brands. Failure to do so can cause permanent harm or even blindness.


Our Office is CLOSED in response to the Coronavirus

We are cancelling all scheduled appointments this coming week (until at least April 5th) but we will be available for urgent matters and emergency care.

Many contact lens orders can still be filled and will be shipped directly to your home. Contact us for more information.

We will be checking phone messages from Monday to Friday 9:00 am until 2:00 pm for urgent matters and for contact lens orders.

The situation is fluid and there is a possibility that the period may be extended. We are complying with the Ministry of Health recommendations and will keep you updated as to any changes. Please come here to see updates or give us a call.