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How Do You Clean Your Contact Lenses?


We all know why we need to wear sunglasses and sunscreen in the summer. Winter, however, can be deceiving. It's an illusion to assume that we are safe from sunburns during the colder season.

Snow acts as a powerful mirror for sunlight and magnifies the effects of UV rays which would otherwise be absorbed by the ground. As a result, the eyes are exposed to both the UV radiation bouncing back from the snowy carpet and the rays shining down directly from the sun.

If your family is skiing or snowboarding up in the mountains, you need to be even more careful! UV rays are more powerful at higher altitudes. Another important factor to remember is that ultraviolet radiation penetrates through clouds, so even if the sun is hidden behind them, it can still damage your eyes.

Prevent overexposure to sunlight by wearing sunglasses that absorb at least 95% of ultraviolet radiation when you go outside, no matter what time of year it is. Even though you want to look great in your shades, the most important part of choosing sunglasses is making sure they provide adequate protection against UV. Make sure the lenses are 100% UV blocking by looking for an indication that they block all light up to 400 nanometers - UV400. The good news is you don't necessarily have to pay more for full coverage for your eyes. Dozens of reasonably priced options exist that still provide total ultraviolet protection.

Another important factor in selecting sun wear is the size of the lenses. You want to make sure your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to penetrate. Lenses that wrap around the temples will also prevent UV waves from entering from the sides.

If you like to ski or frolic in the snowy hills, you should be aware that the sun's rays are stronger at higher elevations, so you need to be especially careful to keep your eyes shaded on the slopes. In addition to sunglasses, it's a good idea to put on a wide brimmed hat that covers your eyes.

Make a point to be knowledgeable about proper eye protection throughout the year. Don't forget to wear your sunglasses.

A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb in August revealed that many people are using dangerous chemicals in place of contact solution to keep their lenses moist. Substances such as baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, fruit juices, butter and others were all listed as occasional substitutes, by 20% of the two thousand adults that responded in the survey conducted in the UK.

Even more of those surveyed reported that they have used saliva when inserting their contacts. Considering we know that the mouth of the average adult is known to be the home of 500 to 650 varieties of bacteria, this is clearly not a good idea. To worsen the situation, far too many individuals presume that tap water, bottled water or distilled water are a safe alternative for contact solution, however even pure bottled water or distilled water may contain microorganisms that can cause eye damage and have been linked to Acanthamoeba keratitis, an infection that could lead to blindness. Even moreso, if water enters your eyes from a pool, ocean or even a bath while wearing your contacts, it's advised to take out your contacts as soon as possible and thoroughly rinse them to rinse away any parasites that may have stuck to them.

Disinfecting your contact lenses is an absolute and only properly labeled lens disinfectants should be used. Don't ever store your lenses in water! Storing your lenses in water does not sterilize them and harmful pathogens can grow on your contacts almost instantly and enter your eyes once you put them in. Additionally, lens solution is balanced to compliment the saltiness of your tears and water on the other hand can cause a reaction which makes your contacts change shape or stick causing discomfort and blurred vision.

When adequate care is not possible for you, you should definitely try to use daily disposable lenses rather than lenses that you reuse. Be sure to take into consideration your daily routine when you are choosing between daily disposables and reusable contacts.

Only those who are capable of understanding the proper way to care for contacts and how important this is should wear contacts, especially reusable brands. Failure to do so can result in permanent harm, loss of vision and even total blindness!