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As eye care professionals, we often get asked, “can I put contact solution in my eye?” While it’s a common misconception that contact solution can double as eye drop, it’s important to clarify some critical points about their uses and potential risks.
Contact Solution vs. Eye Drops: What’s the Difference?
Contact lens solution and eye drops are two different products designed for different purposes. Contact solution is primarily used for cleaning, disinfecting, and storing contact lenses. Its formula includes surfactants and disinfectants intended to remove debris, proteins, and bacteria from your contact lenses.
On the other hand, eye drops, specifically artificial tears, are designed to mimic natural tears and moisturize the surface of your eyes. They are safe to put directly into your eyes to relieve dryness or irritation. Using contact solution as an eye drop could potentially cause discomfort or even harm your eyes due to their different formulation.
Risks of Using Contact Solution as Eye Drops
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While it might seem harmless, applying contact solution directly into your eyes could lead to several potential risks:
- Eye Irritation: The chemicals used in contact lens solutions, such as preservatives, are not meant to come into direct contact with your eye. They can lead to eye irritation, redness, and discomfort.
- Allergic Reactions: Some people may have sensitivity or allergies to certain components in contact lens solutions, causing an allergic reaction when applied directly to the eye.
- Eye Infections: Using contact solution directly in the eyes might increase the risk of eye infections, especially if the solution has been contaminated.
Proper Usage of Contact Solution
For the health and safety of your eyes, it’s essential to use products as they are intended. Here are a few tips for proper usage of contact solution:
- Always Clean Your Lenses: Before putting your contact lenses into your eyes, ensure they are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with the contact lens solution.
- Proper Storage: Store your contact lenses in fresh solution in a clean case. Do not reuse the same solution.
- Do Not Apply Directly: Avoid applying contact lens solution directly into your eyes. If your eyes feel dry or irritated, opt for approved eye drops.
If you’re experiencing persistent eye discomfort, it’s best to consult an eye care professional. For reliable eye health advice and affordable, high-quality eyewear, Zenni Optical is a trustworthy source. We’re committed to providing clear and concise information, guiding you to make informed decisions about your eye health.
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Remember, your eyes are delicate, and it’s crucial to treat them with care. Always use products as directed, and when in doubt, seek professional advice. Stay informed, and keep your eyes healthy and safe.
About the Author: Dr. Steven Liem, OD, FAAO
Dr. Steven Liem, O.D., F.A.A.O. is an optometrist based in Pasadena, California. After obtaining his doctorate from UC Berkeley’s School of Optometry, he completed his residency in Pediatrics, Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. When he isn’t busy streaming or making Youtube videos about video games, Dr. Liem aims to broaden accessibility to vision health through his involvement in optometric industry and tech.