Can Contact Lenses Be Stored In Water?
Once you know how to wear contact lenses properly, what is equally important is how to store them. One of the commonly asked questions is whether contact lenses can be stored in water. The answer is "NO". If you have run out of solution, it is advisable to keep the lens in the eye until you can get some.
The Danger Within
Tap water contains micro-organisms which can contaminate the contact lenses and cause eye infections. There is a micro-organism called "Acanthamoeba" which is capable of destroying the cornea and can even lead to blindness. The resulting infection is known as Acanthamebic Keratitis. At best it is an extremely painful infection, so never take this risk.
You will come across many instances on the internet where people claim that it is acceptable to immerse your contacts in tap water for a short while. Do not take notice of such claims. The reasons why one should not to use tap water as a substitute storage solution have been very clearly explained above.
Home Made Lens Storage Solution
Commercially available contact lens storage solution is sometimes replaced with home made solution. There is much debate about the authenticity of this kind of solution. According to an in an alert in 1989, the FDA addressed both Eye Care Professionals and users.
A Few Tips on Correct Contact Lens Storage
Listed below are some basic tips on how to store contact lenses correctly. If you follow these easy procedures, you will be guaranteed to have a long and healthy relationship with your contact lenses.