Contact lenses are not supposed to be cleaned with cleaning agents other than contact solution. This solution is specially formulated to remove deposits, dirt, and germs trapped in the lenses. Aside from this, the solution also works to re-hydrate and protect the eyes. The problem arises when you don’t have contact solution on hand. To temporarily resolve this problem, you can use bottled water to clean your contact lenses. Bottled water, unlike tap water, doesn’t have chemicals and deposits that may pose potential dangers to the contact lenses and eyes. Here’s how you can clean your contact lenses with bottled water.
- Clean your hands. Before touching your contact lenses, you have to make sure that your hands are clean. This eliminates the possibility of passing dirt and grime onto the contact lenses. Wash your hands with soap and rinse them with bottled water. Remember to rinse thoroughly to remove soap residues from your hands. Dry your hands with a clean towel afterwards.
- Take off your contact lenses. Gently take off your contact lenses. You need to clean the lens individually, so put one in a holder while you clean the other one. If a holder is not available though, you can place both contact lenses in your palm and deal with one lens at a time.
- Pour water into the contact lens. Slowly pour water into the lens. Gradual pouring avoids the lens from tumbling off your hand. Two to five drops of water is usually enough and keeps too much water from pooling in your palm. Cup you hand to avoid spills.
- Rub the contact lens. Gently and carefully rub the lens with your fingers to get rid of dirt. Do this for about 30 seconds. Remember not to put too much pressure to avoid damaging your contact lens.
- Rinse the contact lens. After rubbing the lens, pour some water again to rinse and completely wash away the dirt and deposits. Again, make sure to pour water gradually.
- Do the abovementioned steps to the other lens. Follow the steps detailed above to clean the other lens. Make sure to use the same measure of carefulness and precision you applied to the first one. After cleaning, you can now use the contact lenses.
Because it also underwent a filtering process, purified water is free of contaminants and can thus be used in cleaning your contact lenses. Saline solution also works well. In fact, it was used as a cleaning agent before the time of contact solution. Keep in mind, however, that saline is not as effective as contact solution. You can manage with bottled water and saline for a day; beyond that, however, may prove to be dangerous to your contact lenses and eyes. Remember water and saline cannot completely remove dirt and germs from the contact lenses and are considered only temporary solutions, so get a cleaning solution as soon as you can. If you fail to do this, eye irritation may develop. And if this happens, take off your contact lenses at once and consult a doctor.