Myths & Facts of Contact Lenses

Sabarrish Srinivasan

The Myth

Contact lenses can be washed with tap water or even our saliva. I have seen it on social media and it must be true


The Fact

Contact lenses should only be cleaned with the right contact lens solution. Using tap water or even bottled water is not recommended. Contact lens solutions are prepared to be of a specific viscosity, PH and chemical composition that will not affect the integrity, water content or smoothness of your contact lenses. Putting any other liquid on the contact lens can make its surface rougher, introduce pathogens that can lead to eye infection and even damage your eyes. Rely on the advice of your Optometrist or doctors more than videos or posts on social media. After all, there are even posts which claim you can become a millionaire by sending money to a prince in an African country. But if you do insist on believing these posts, I have a fantastic opportunity where you can give us a million Dirhams and we can crown you the prince of Agrabah.

 

The Myth

Daily use contact lenses can be extended to a few more days if I clean it really hard.


The Fact

As the name suggests, daily use contact lenses have been designed for use for a single day only. When it comes to designing contact lenses, there are factors like level of oxygen it allows, the amount of water it has and its thinness. Contact lens manufacturers can play around with these factors to give you multiple wearing choices. The daily use contact lenses are designed to provide you excellent comfort and also avoid the hassle of cleaning. Using these lenses like an extended wear lens leaves you open to a risk of infection or damaged lenses that can irritate the eyes. So, make sure you use your contact lenses only as advised by your vision care provider.