Research performed by Bausch & Lomb in August revealed that many individuals regularly use potentially harmful substances instead of lens solution to moisten their lenses. Substances including baby oil, beer, coke, Vaseline, lemonade, fruit juice, butter and others were all mentioned as occasional substitutes, by 20% of the 2,000 adults polled in the survey conducted in the UK.
Even more of those surveyed indicated that they use saliva when inserting their contacts. Knowing that the average adult mouth contains hundreds of varieties of microorganisms, this is clearly not a good idea. Moreover, far too many individuals think that water from a tap or bottle is a safe alternative for contact lens solution, however even those can contain parasites that can damage the eye and have been associated with Acanthamoeba keratitis, an infection that threatens your eyesight. In fact, if water enters your eyes when swimming or bathing while your contacts are in, it's recommended to take out your contacts as soon as you can and thoroughly rinse them to rinse away any parasites that may have adhered to them.
Sterilizing your contact lenses is critical and only properly labeled contact lens solution should be used. It's dangerous to store your contacts in water! Keeping contact lenses in water isn't effective in disinfecting them and dangerous fungi can gather on your contacts almost instantly and enter your eyes with the contacts. Further, contact solution is balanced to match the saltiness of your tears and water on the other hand can cause discomfort or blurred vision since your lenses may stick or change shape.
If adequate storage or cleansing is difficult for you, you should definitely try to use daily disposable contact lenses as opposed to lenses that you reuse. It's essential to take age, lifestyle and level of maturity into consideration when deciding which contacts are most suitable for you.
Before trying out your first pair of contact lenses be sure to go over with your eye doctor the proper way to care for and store them.
Keep in mind that failure to properly clean and disinfect your lenses with approved contact solution can lead to severe harm, loss of sight and even total blindness!