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What to do if you don't have contact lens solution?

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If I am stuck somewhere overnight without my lens solutions, what can I do to store my lenses?

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asked May 16, 2017 in Health by keegan

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Good hygiene is essential to keep your eyes healthy and contact lenses in good condition. Unfortunately, if you have no access to the right lens care solutions, water or soft drinks just won't do! Storage in water has been linked with contamination of lenses that can cause serious eye infections. Never store your lenses in anything other than the right solution designed for the type of lens you use (soft or gas-permeable), or saline. It's better to dispose of the lenses than to get an eye infection. If you're likely to do this very much, consider daily disposable - ask your optometrist for prices and availability.
answered May 16, 2017 by kevin
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What can I use as an alternative to Contact Lens Solution?

Please remember that what I write here is not medical, legal or financial advice. See a qualified professional for your particular concern. This is not a solicitation.
There are no substitutes for commercially sold and approved contact lens solutions.  These solutions serve the following purposes: (a) they disinfect the lenses while hey are stored overnight in a safe fashion if the directions are followed and (b) they permit the safe insertion of contact lenses onto the eye.
The eye may be sensitive to a particular kind of a commercial solution so ask your medical professional for the appropriate kind of solution
Let's suppose you're on a trip. If you have no solution, throw the lenses away and wear your back up eye glasses (that you always bring on trips, even "day trips" or at work)
answered May 16, 2017 by Lane
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My daughter just ran out of contact solution HELP
YIKES. It is too late to run to the store for contact solution! Any suggestions on how to save the contacts? Can I put them in water overnight or vinegar?
answered May 16, 2017 by David
"Field expedient" saline solution:
1. BOIL one quart of water. Let it boil for at least 5 minutes so it is sterile. Cover it while it is boiling and let it cool to room temp without taking the cover off.
2. Add one heaping teaspoon of salt. For this use, kosher salt is best, but table salt will do if it is all that you have. Stir the salt to disolve it, then let it sit for 15 minutes so that any insoluable particles will settle out.
3. Use the solution near the top of the container. As soon as you can tomorrow, put the contacts into REAL contact lens solution to disinfect.
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Can You Use Water As Contact Solution?

No, you can't use water for contact solution. You should never use tap water, bottled water or distilled water as a substitute for contact lens solution.

In fact, you should even be careful about getting water splashed in your eyes when swimming (including swimming in chlorinated swimming pools), soaking in a hot tub, surfing in the ocean or waterskiing or boating on a lake or river.

Dangerous microorganisms, including the parasite that causes Acanthamoeba keratitis, can be found in these environments, and if they adhere to your contact lenses or get trapped under your lenses, they can cause sight-threatening eye infections.

If you do swim or get water splashed in your eyes while wearing contacts, remove your contact lenses as soon as possible, thoroughly rinse the lenses in contact lens solution and store them overnight in the same multipurpose solution to thoroughly disinfect them.

As with all potential eye problems, the best treatment is prevention. If you think it's possible you might find yourself in situations where you won't have access to contact lens solutions, avoid the problem by wearing daily disposable contact lenses instead of reusable contact lenses.

Carry several pairs of daily disposable contacts with you wherever you go, and you'll never have to worry about being without solutions. At the end of the day (or after you get off the beach or out of the pool) simply remove and discard the lenses and replace them with new ones. Nothing could be easier.
answered May 16, 2017 by Alexander

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