Don't take short cuts with contact lens care, FDA warns

Don't take short cuts with contact lens care, FDA warns

(HealthDay)—If you use contact lens solution with hydrogen peroxide and don't follow the instructions carefully, you could be putting your eyes at risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

Hydrogen peroxide solutions do not contain preservatives. While this makes them a good choice for people who are allergic or sensitive to preservatives, these solutions still pose risks.

Before using a solution with hydrogen peroxide, read all instructions and warning labels, the FDA advises.

"You should never put hydrogen peroxide directly into your eyes or on your ," Dr. Bernard Lepri, an optometrist in the FDA's Contact Lens and Retinal Devices Branch, said in an agency news release.

Doing so can cause stinging, burning and damage to your cornea, the clear surface that covers the eye.

When using a solution with hydrogen peroxide, it's crucial to follow the disinfecting process with the neutralizer included in the cleaning solution kit. The neutralizer turns the peroxide into water and oxygen so that it is safe to put the contact lenses in your eyes.

Since 2010, the FDA has received 73 reports about problems such as burning and stinging associated with solutions with hydrogen peroxide. In most cases, these problems occurred because users did not follow directions.

Only 12 of the 73 reports were received since 2012, when many solutions with began carrying more visible warnings, the FDA added.

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More information: The American Academy of Ophthalmology has more on contact lens care.

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Mar 15, 2016
What's worse is ignoring cleaning them or over-wearing them. Hundreds of thousands will develop potentially sight threatening injuries from extended use or improper/lack of cleaning. Take it from me, I developed an allergic reaction to wearing contacts for a week or two at a time between cleanings. I can never wear them again, and if I hadn't paid attention to the symptoms I might have lost my vision entirely.

Mar 15, 2016
The only contact lenses worth wearing are Daily ones, and they are literally thrown away at the end of the day. There is no good reason for most people to wear anything else. Modern ones are so much more comfortable too. Note that the daily ones can still need rinsing prior to application, but that's only to get the oils on our fingertips off of them, and certainly without hydrogen peroxide.

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