Clean Your Contact Lenses With Hydrogen PeroxideFaizan Khan
Caring for your contact lenses can be daunting, especially as you walk through the eye care aisle and face so many different options to choose from. There is also the problem of avoiding inappropriate solutions to avoid unrequited reactions in the eye.
Once again, hydrogen peroxide steps up from its throne with a safe solution- even for those with multiple allergies and sensitive eyes! You may see the multipurpose and hydrogen peroxide solution competing for your attention if you are a new lens owner.
This guide will not only deem the winner for you but will also outline all the safety precautions that will go into the hydrogen peroxide eye care process.
Hydrogen Peroxide Solutions vs. the Multipurpose Solutions
The common ground between hydrogen peroxide solutions and multipurpose solutions is that they both perform similar functions. This involves breaking up protein and lipid bonds to get rid of debris and build-up.
However, that’s where the similarities end because hydrogen peroxide can pierce through microbial biofilms, which most multipurpose solutions cannot do. Moreover, compared to other solutions, hydrogen peroxide solutions find it easier to takedown acanthamoeba keratitis, an eye infection that can cause blindness.
Some people think the neutralization process that the hydrogen peroxide solution requires is an unnecessary hassle, and therefore, they would go for the one-step multipurpose solution. But before you do that, we have another advantage of using a hydrogen peroxide solution to care for your contact lens which will reveal the effectiveness of the hydrogen peroxide solution.
Hydrogen peroxide does not contain any preservatives. This means that the hydrogen peroxide solutions are suitable for all contact lens wearers, especially those with allergies and sensitive eyes.
Hydrogen Peroxide Solution as a Protein Remover
Many contact lens wearers may not be aware that eyes tend to deposit protein onto your contact lens. This can be a problem because as protein builds up onto the contact lens, they become more and more uncomfortable to wear.
Hence, naturally, the longer you wear contact lenses, the more protein build-up will accumulate onto the lens, which means you will need a protein remover handy. Although simply cleaning the contact lens can get rid of some of the protein, much of it usually remains. The good news is that hydrogen peroxide solutions also do the job of a protein remover.
This goes on to prove that hydrogen peroxide solutions must be a necessary product for contact lens owners.
What Happens During the Neutralization Process of the Hydrogen Peroxide Solution?
When using a hydrogen peroxide solution, it is necessary to remember that the lens cannot go into your eye before going through the naturalization process. This process can be achieved by using the special case that comes with the hydrogen peroxide solution.
When the hydrogen peroxide solution is poured into the case, it comes in contact with a grey-colored disk that leads to a chemical reaction. This chemical reaction slowly converts the hydrogen peroxide solution into a sterile saline mixture safe to place in the eye.
This chemical reaction is slow and therefore takes a few hours to carry out the conversion successfully. If you want to be sure that the chemical reaction is taking place, all you need to do is watch out for some bubbling.
The neutralizing disc depreciates over time, and so it is essential to ensure that you change the case and disc every time you open a new bottle of the hydrogen peroxide solution.
The Difference Between a One-Step and Two-Step Neutralization Process
A hydrogen peroxide solution can accommodate either a one-step neutralization process or a two-step neutralization process depending on the model you purchase.
The one-step process neutralizes the hydrogen peroxide solution during the disinfecting stage, whereas the two-step process neutralizes the hydrogen peroxide solution after the disinfecting stage.
Some storage cases have a neutralizer built in a grey disc that neutralizes in a one-step process. In contrast, other hydrogen peroxide solutions require a neutralizing tablet to be added for the neutralization to occur and are, therefore, a two-step solution.
Despite the process you choose to go with, it is still necessary to cleanse your contact lens with a saline solution before inserting them into your eye.
All You Need To Know About the Hydrogen Peroxide Test Strips
Test strips are commonly used in the food industry. Therefore, if you are associated with the food industry, you are likely to be familiar with the test strips used to determine the safety of bleach water and sanitizer solutions.
Similarly, you will have to be familiar with the hydrogen peroxide test strips in the world of hydrogen peroxide. These test strips will determine the safety of the hydrogen peroxide solutions by testing their level of concentration. If it is of a high concentration, the test strip will turn black.
A 3% hydrogen peroxide solution for contact lens includes addictives, because of which the strip will remain white for longer than if a normal 3% hydrogen peroxide was used and it is not a cause for concern.
You can get your hydrogen peroxide test strips from Bulk Peroxide’s shop to deem your hydrogen peroxide solution safe.
How To Use a One Step Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
The neutralization process of a one-step hydrogen peroxide solution begins before you take off your contact lenses. Make sure to carefully and cautiously follow the instructions highlighted below to avoid any accidents.
The Removal of Your Contact Lenses
- Wash your hands with a pure soap that does not contain any additives. In this case, an antibacterial soap pump would be most appropriate. Thoroughly rinse off all the soap from your hands, and if needed, you can use a fingernail brush. Afterward, dry your hands using a lint-free towel.
- If you are working over a basin, make sure to cover it up by placing a paper towel (or something similar) over the drain and at the bottom of the sink.
- Remove the lens from your right eye and place it in the right basket (marked with an ‘R’) of the lens holder. Do not forget to close the basket. Follow up by removing the left lens and placing it in the left basket marked with an ‘L’) of the lens holder. Again, remember to close the basket.
- You will have to rinse the lens for 5 seconds while they are in the lens holder using the one-step peroxide solution.
- Now grab the lens case and fill it up to the marked line with a one-step peroxide solution. You must be careful not to underfill or overfill it.
- Now you must immerse the lens holder into the lens case in an upright position. Securely close the cap but avoid overtightening it. Soon after, you will begin to observe bubbling in the solution.
- Allow the lenses to bath in the one-step hydrogen peroxide solution for at least 6 hours. You can also leave them to soak overnight. Be careful not to flip the lens case upside down during the disinfection process. You must also avoid shaking the lens holder.
The Application of Your Contact Lenses
- You already know the drill- thoroughly wash your hands with pure soap before handling contact lenses. Afterward, dry your hands with a lint-free towel.
- After the 6-hour bath is complete, you are allowed to carefully open the cap and remove the lens holder from the lens case.
- If your Eye Care Professional recommends, you may use a sterile saline solution to rinse your lens before placing them in your eyes. For some hydrogen peroxide solutions, this step will be necessary.
- Once you have inserted the contact lenses into your eyes, you must make sure to empty the remaining or used hydrogen peroxide solution from the lens case. Moreover, you should leave the lens case to air dry.
The Dont’s of Using a Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
- Never put the one-step peroxide solution directly into your eyes.
- Do not rinse your lenses with the one-step peroxide solution right before placing them in your eyes. Make sure to follow the proper instructions.
- Do not use a flat case when dealing with peroxide solutions.
- Do not reuse peroxide solutions or use them beyond the expiry date given. Moreover, you should not use the case lens for longer than recommended.
- You must never intermix the peroxide solution with any other substances.
- Never allow others to use your hydrogen peroxide solution since they may confuse it with a multipurpose solution.
The Do’s of Using a Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
- Always use the lens case with a platinum disc or grey disc neutralizer when using a one-step peroxide solution.
- Replace the lens case after 31 uses or a month of daily use.
- You must always store the one-step peroxide solution at the appropriate temperature, which is usually room temperature.
- If you are not using the peroxide solution, make sure to keep the bottle tightly closed. Moreover, make sure to keep it out of the reach of children.
- You must use a bottle of one-step peroxide solution for up to 3 months. After that, dump out or discard any remaining solution.
- Make sure to repeat the cleaning and disinfecting process if the lenses are not worn and stored in the lens case for more than 24 hours.
- It is necessary to clean and dry your hands before handling contact lenses as this will avoid any unrequited eye infections.
The Dont’s of Handling Contact Lenses
- Abstain from wearing your contact lenses while swimming, in the hot tub, or during water sports.
- Do not wear lenses while in the shower.
- Never use detergent, soap, or hand wash to clean your contact lenses.
- You should never allow your contact lenses or lens case to come in contact with saliva, bottled water, or tap water (as well as any other substances).
- Do not ever switch from solutions that your Eye Care Professional has recommended.
How To Use a Two-Step Peroxide Solution
If your hydrogen peroxide solution does not come instilled with a neutralizer, you need not worry because you can always use the two-step peroxide solution.
- Wash your hands thoroughly using a bar of antibacterial soap, and make sure to dry them using a lint-free towel afterward.
- Remove your contact lenses one at a time and place them on the correct side of the contact lens holder. Place the right contact in the basket labeled ‘R.’ After you have closed the lid, securely remove the left lens and place it in the basket labeled ‘L.’ Again, make sure to close the lid securely.
- Pour the 3% hydrogen peroxide solution into the lens holder until it reaches the red line. Make sure to never under or overfill it.
- It’s time to drop the neutralizing tablet into the contact lens holder.
- Ensure that the lids of the contact lens holder are securely shut. Also, make sure to keep the lens holder upright and avoid shaking it.
- For the neutralization process to be successful, you must allow the solution to sit for a minimum of 6 hours.
- Once the 6 hours are up, you can either wear the lenses or store them in a saline solution.
- Give your contact lens holder a good rinse using a saline solution. Make sure to replace the contact holder every month.
- If you use lenses daily, you must also replace the solution daily. If you do not use the lenses daily, you can replace the solution after 72 hours.
What To Do if You Get Hydrogen Peroxide in Your Eyes?
If you do not follow the instructions carefully, you may end up with hydrogen peroxide in your eye. This experience will be painful, and you are likely to observe a burning sensation in your eyes. Despite all this, hydrogen peroxide is unlikely to cause any permanent damage. That is, of course, if you carry out the correct procedures to reduce the side effects.
- First things first, remove the lenses from your eyes.
- Proceed to flush out your eyes using either sterile saline, water, or artificial teardrops.
- Consult your doctor or book the earliest appointment for a checkup.
- Make sure to remain calm. The solution in your eyes is likely to cause discomfort, but you will successfully avoid any irreversible damage if you follow the correct precautions.
What Are the Side Effects of Hydrogen Peroxide in Your Eyes?
If hydrogen peroxide comes in contact with your eyes, you are likely to experience the following side effects:
- Blurry vision
However, one of the more serious side effects will be complications with the cornea. This may include corneal abrasions (scratches) and corneal ulcers. If you treat it by the doctor, the complications will only be temporary. However, if left untreated, it can lead to blindness as well as scarring and vision changes.
Beauty and Safety Hand in Hand
Hydrogen peroxide solutions ensure that contact lenses are made safe for everyone- even those with highly sensitive eyes. Beauty and sight do not have to be compromised if you have hydrogen peroxide solutions at your disposal.
However, for safety reasons, make sure to test your hydrogen peroxide solutions using Bulk Peroxide’s testing strips before you begin disinfecting your lenses.
Now repeat after me- no more squinting into the world, for hydrogen peroxide is here to save the vision.