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How Do You Clean Your Contact Lenses?

A study performed by Bausch & Lomb this past August revealed that an alarming number of individuals were using strange lubricants instead of contact lens solution to keep their lenses moist. Everything from baby oil, to fruit juice to butter was reportedly used as an alternative to proper lens solution by 20% of the 2,000 adults that responded in the British survey.

An even larger number of the respondants reported that they have used saliva when putting lenses in their eyes. Considering we know that the average adult mouth contains 500 to 650 varieties of bacteria, this is clearly not a good idea. Moreover, an alarming number of individuals think that water from a tap or bottle is a suitable substitute for contact lens solution, however even those can contain parasites that can damage the eye and have been associated with Acanthamoeba keratitis, a sight-threatening corneal infection. Even moreso, if water enters your eyes from a pool, ocean or even a bath while wearing your lenses, it's recommended to remove your lenses as soon as you can and disinfect them to rinse off any microorganisms that may have adhered to them.

Sterilizing your contact lenses is an absolute and only approved contact disinfectants should be used. Never keep your lenses in water! Keeping your contacts in water does not disinfect them and dangerous microorganisms can grow on your lenses almost instantly and enter your eyes once you put them in. In addition, lens solution is balanced to compliment the saltiness of your tears and water on the other hand can cause discomfort or blurred vision because your contacts may stick or change shape.

At times that adequate storage or cleansing is difficult for you, you should definitely use daily disposable contacts as opposed to lenses that you reuse. You should always take age, lifestyle and level of maturity into consideration when deciding which contact lens options are best for the members of your family.

Before wearing your first pair of contacts be sure you discuss with your optometrist the proper way to care for and store them.

Don't forget failure to properly care for your lenses with proper contact lens solution can lead to severe damage to the eyes or even complete blindness.

Thank you for trusting your eyecare with us over the years.  The Foresight Eyecare team follows the government mandate to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After December 2020 announcements made by the Alberta Government, our clinic is following the revised Infection Prevention and Control policy by the Alberta College of Optometrists.

Patients interested in obtaining eye exam services or eye care products can be seen by appointment only.  Please call ahead, and staff will arrange an appointment time and ask COVID-19 screening questions.  If you have any symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or shortness of breath, we ask that you call or e-mail us and do not attend the clinic for your scheduled visit.   Within the clinic, please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at reception.  Our clinic complies with the City of Calgary bylaw requiring mask covering over the age of two years old.  For patients who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, the patient can be scheduled for an appointment at a time when minimal number of other patients are in the clinic such as at the beginning or end of the day to ensure appropriate physical distancing requirements.

We are using disposable disinfectant wipes on all surfaces and devices such as front desk counters, chairs, handles in exam rooms and waiting room.  All eyewear that have been touched by patients are continually being sanitized.   Any toys and magazines are stored at this time.  Examination areas are being sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant.  Debit and credit cards but NO CASH payments will be accepted.

COVID-19 symptoms are not always obvious.  We want to fend off this pandemic and minimize risk to our patients and the Foresight staff as front line health workers.   Contact that is closer than 2 m (6 feet) is to be avoided, with barriers in place when this cannot be avoided. We choose to continue to do our work and cautiously take care of our patients with compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience.   It is a challenging and new experience for many of us, so let‘s support each other and prevent virus spread!  Beyond 2020, our focus is on take care of you and keeping Clean Hands, Clear Heads and Open Hearts.   For more information, please refer to the following web pages or phone Health Link 811.

www.albertahealthservices.ca

www.collegeofoptometrists.ab.ca

Drs. Dianna Leong, Anh Bui, Andrew Chan

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