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What’s the Solution?: Putting an End to Contact Lens Frustrations

December 20, 2011

How to prepare yourself nights out with your contact lens solution.

If you are a long-time wearer of contact lenses, than there is a good chance that you have found yourself out and about in desperate need of contact lens solution, only to be left with little options and desperate solutions―how safe is it to use water? Is distilled water sanitary? I just need anything that will get them wet, right?

Whether you somehow found a smear across your lens, accidently rubbed your contact out of your eye, or found yourself having to take your contacts out for the night without any solution to house them in, all contact wearers have experienced that minor moment of panic where you ask yourself, “what am I supposed to do with my contacts?” It turns out that many contact lens wearers have become very… um, inventive in their search for a proper solution.  The worst, and probably most dangerous that I have personally heard?  Saliva… any idea how much bacteria you have in your mouth?

According to a new Bausch + Lomb study which polled 2,000 adults in the U.K., 20% reported using unconventional, and even dangerous lubricants when putting contact lenses in their eyes. Some of these substances include mind-blowing answers, such as baby oil, tap water, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, lemonade, fruit juice and even butter! Now, desperate times may cause for desperate measures, but when it comes to your eyes,  it is more important than ever that you take the best care possible and use proper lubricants for your contact lenses.

Though products that are designed specifically for contact lenses are ideal when it comes to cleaning and storing contacts, there are several other alternatives that you can use in a pinch if emergencies call for it. Here are just a few solutions for avoiding the panic and cluelessness that comes with a night without contact lens solution:

Saline Solution

Back in the old days, saline solution was actually used to clean off contact lenses. Therefore, it is one option for those who are caught without contact cleaning solution in a tricky situation. This product, which is a saltwater solution in pressurized cans or plastic bottles, is similar to contact lens solution in that it is a helpful disinfectant solution that will not harm your eyes or contacts. While saline solution is not recommended for everyday use, it will work until your regular solution becomes available again.

LASIK Surgery

With the many different advances that have been made in LASIK surgery procedures, this vision correction surgery is now more beneficial than ever to those who wear glasses or contact lenses. Not only does LASIK offer the chance to never have to worry about pesky contact solution again, but it also is customized for each individual patient, making the results more accurate and clear than ever before.

In most patients who undergo LASIK surgery, the procedure can help to improve many uncorrected vision problems, or one’s vision without the use of any corrective lenses. However, what is even better is the fact that over half of all patients can expect to achieve 20/20 vision or better through the use of this corrective vision procedure.

If you are interested in learning more about the many benefits of LASIK eye surgery, be sure to contact OCLI today to set up your free vision consultation. In no time, you can ditch the contact solution once and for all and never again will you have to worry about finding a solution to your vision problems.

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