Contact lens care is relatively easy as long as you follow a few golden rules, such as never sleeping in them and ensuring that you clean them properly on a daily basis.
But what should you clean them with? If someone suggests that you use tap water because you’ve run out contact lens solution, make sure you don’t listen to them as you could find that you infect your lenses with a parasitic amoeba which can cause acanthamoeba keratitis, an eye infection that can result in blindness.
You should also make sure you don’t use bottled or distilled water to clean your lenses – only ever use the relevant store-bought solution. By the same token, avoid swimming with your contact lenses in as you could get water in them which could result in a sight-threatening eye infection.
If you do swim and water splashes into your eyes, take your lenses out as soon as you can and rinse them properly in solution, storing them overnight in contact lens cases in this way so they’re properly disinfected.
Back in June of this year, the No Water campaign – launched in 2011 to raise awareness of the risks of cleaning lenses in non-sterile water – was recognised at the Vision Pioneer awards, winning Campaign of the Year.
The campaign was so successful that the British Contact Lens Association produced its own No Water stickers to be put on lens packaging, something that has since been adopted by other countries including the US. Contact lens manufacturer Clearlab has also adopted this label for all of its lens packaging in the UK.