Well, the quick answer is no. However, the fact that you can’t hasn’t deterred some contact lens wearers, according to a new report from Bausch & Lomb.
In order to raise awareness of the need to comply with a solid cleaning regime, Bausch & Lomb have reported that one out of every five contact lens wearers in the UK has used a substance other than their contact lens cleaning solution in an effort to clean their lenses.
The most common substances other than lens solution are tap water and saliva, both of which are rife with bacteria that can be damaging to your eyes and lenses. Some of the things used have raised our eyebrows here at Vision Direct. Fruit juice, butter, petroleum jelly and baby oil are what some lens wearers have resorted to.
Dr Michael Pier, director of professional relations for Bausch and Lomb, said it is essential that contact lens wearers stick to products that have been recommended by their opticians.
“It’s crucial for contact lens wearers to follow proper contact lens hygiene to maintain eye health and to keep their lenses clean and comfortable,” he said. Read more.