Contact Lens Health Week: Water & Contact Lenses Don’t Mix
Contact lenses are some of the safest and easiest medical devices to care for. You can’t beat the convenience and comfort of wearing them! Unlike many medical devices that you can rinse off or clean with a little soap and water, contact lenses and water don’t mix. This is important to remember!
Why do water and contact lenses NOT mix?
Water contains certain bacteria and other microorganisms that could be harmful to your eyes. If some contaminated water transferred into your eye via a contact lens, you could contract certain types of infections. For this reason, experts recommend that you not wear your contacts lenses in the shower, underwater in the swimming pool or in hot tubs.
The easiest way to keep your eyes safe is to use common sense and try to keep water out of your eyes while your contacts are in.
Put your contact lenses in after you shower, or remove them before you get in, just to be on the safe side. If you need to swim with your contacts (let’s be honest, swimming in glasses isn’t comfortable), plan to wear high-quality protective goggles. It’s safest to just keep your eyes closed under water or keep your head out of the water when your lenses are in.
Remember to never want to wash your contact lenses or your contact lens case in water. Specially designed contact lens solutions and cleaners are the only liquids you should use to care for your lenses. Plain old water can do more harm than good when it comes to contact lenses.
In an Emergency
What happens if your lens falls out while you are away from home? Whatever you do, don’t wash the lens off with water and put it back in your eye. This could be very harmful to the lens and your eye health. Instead, use saline, eye drops, or any solution you have with you to properly clean off the contact. If you have no other option and need to save the lens, some doctors say you can use some water and a container or to store it until you can get it home. If that’s the case, disinfect that lens overnight before putting it back in your eye.
Do you have questions about the proper care of your contact lenses during Contact Lens Health Week? Check out the CDC website or talk to the optician at your closest America’s Best.