Patients should be aware that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that contact lenses not be exposed to any form of water. Although rare, a sight-threatening eye complication, Acanthamoeba Keratitis, is caused by an organism present in all forms of impure water (i.e., swimming pools, tap water, saunas, wells, and showers). To have a safe and low risk contact lens wearing experience, patient should consider the following guidelines:
>Insert your contact lenses after showering.
>If lenses are being worn while showering, it is recommended that you keep your eyes firmly closed.
>If you accidently wear your contact lenses while in the bathtub or hot tub, care should be taken to avoid water being splashed into the eyes.
>If your eyes are exposed to water, instill a lubricating drop to help loosen the lens on the eye, remove the lens with clean, dry hands, then clean and disinfect the lens, or discard it.
>Never sleep in a lens that has been exposed to water without first cleaning and disinfecting it.
>If lenses were removed prior to getting in a hot tub, they must be properly cleaned and disinfected before being re-inserted.
“All things considered, contact lenses are very safe when you follow proper care guidelines and instructions. For patients where exposure to water is going to be a problem, you do need to keep your lenses out. Many more patients-even very successful contact lens wearers-finds this to be a hassle and often ask us about LASIK as an alternative to contacts,” said Dr. Van.
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SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.