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Old 02-18-2008, 10:25 AM
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Default Is Boiling a Good Way to Sterilize Contact Lenses?

If you are in an emergency situation, can you clean your contacts by boiling them?
For example. Let's say you take a business trip and forget your contact solution. Can you use the hotel coffee pot to boil some water, soak your contacts, then let them cool and safely wear them?
If this is a bad idea, what are some other ways you can clean your contacts without solution? What would McGuyver do?
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:41 AM
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If you are in an emergency situation, can you clean your contacts by boiling them?
For example. Let's say you take a business trip and forget your contact solution. Can you use the hotel coffee pot to boil some water, soak your contacts, then let them cool and safely wear them?
If this is a bad idea, what are some other ways you can clean your contacts without solution? What would McGuyver do?
what a rediculous example is this? how some one can boil the contact lenses in Coffee pot.
The best thing i would do is ...will go the market and purchase a new solution.i don't think it will not be available in the market.there are chances that your brand might not be available...but you will certainly get something else.
If i am not able to find any thing then i will settle with water
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:35 AM
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i haven't heard of it, it will make your contacts probably damage if you will clean it with boiling water? your not going to sterilize it, just stick to the solution.
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:16 AM
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what a rediculous example is this? how some one can boil the contact lenses in Coffee pot.
The best thing i would do is ...will go the market and purchase a new solution.i don't think it will not be available in the market.there are chances that your brand might not be available...but you will certainly get something else.
If i am not able to find any thing then i will settle with water
Okay, so if I'm going to "settle with water", where would I get the water from? Tap water would be a bad idea, especially from some place I'm not familiar with. Any other ideas?

Suppose I got in late and I don't have time to head down to the hotel gift shop to buy some more solution. Then what?

I guess the details aren't important. What I want to know is: is there a quick emergency substitute for contact lens solution?
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:04 PM
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Default Storing FreshLook ColorBlends in Boiled Water in an Emergency

This question was asked a few days ago under another forum: Storing FreshLook ColorBlends in Boiled Water in an Emergency
My reply was: Actually, wayyyyyy back then, Heat was the prescribed way to disinfect your contacts. It was really quite involved. There was no such thing as bottled saline solution - you had to buy distilled water and add a saline tablet to the water and wait for it to dissolve (which could take up to 10 minutes), and the remaining solution had to be thrown away (couldn't save it and use the next day). Then you put your lenses in a big case (which eventually evolved into a smaller compact one with the outlet plug already built in) plugged it into the wall socket, and let it boil away.

As an alternative, you were able to disinfect them using a pot of boiling water (just make sure that the case was closed tightly). In the 3-4 weeks camping, never had one problem.
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:09 AM
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I remember the first lesson I learnt when I start using my first contact lens. Something got into my eye and I take my lens out and cunningly thought I can clean it with tap water. And guess what, it was damaged.

Never use tap water.

And I don't think boiling it is a good idea. It will damage your lens.
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Old 06-17-2009, 05:18 PM
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I wonder if 3scompany ever got contact lens solution for his travel bag?

Tap water is a horrible idea...I can kinda see where he was going...not actually boiling the lenses, but boiling the water and then soak the lenses...but still a really bad idea...

McGuyver is rich...he'd send his personal assistant to the 24-hour Walgreen's!!
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Old 08-12-2009, 02:03 PM
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Hot water can do a lot of damage to a pair of contact lenses. The hot water could possibly warp the lens and change the curvature. Water tends to leave a lot of spots on surfaces, too, so I think there'd be a similar effect on the lens, maybe clouding them.
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:49 AM
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Okay, okay. You've had your fun mocking my question, but I didn't hear a lot of alternative solutions. If boiling your contacts in water is such a terrible idea, let's hear you come up with a better one, and remember, it's late and the stores are all closed.
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Old 08-25-2009, 02:48 PM
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Sorry, but I notice anyone "mocking" your question -- strange as it may be. I have had a total of 4 corneal abrasions in my left eye (OUCH). The first one was caused by a tiny piece of the sweater I was wearing (green) which somehow got in and under my lens. I ignored it for hours (I was in Tahoe losing money). When I couldn't ignore it any longer, I asked a waiter for a shot glass filled with water and saran wrap. (This was a first for him). I took out my contacts, put them both in the shot glass and went back to my room. Then. . . I went DIRECTLY to the emergency clinic crying the whole way. The pain was INCREDIBLE. Hurt to open and/or close my eye. Even though I wasn't wearing "the" contact, the Dr. found the tiny piece of sweater that was still in my eye (OUCH, OUCH, SCREAM, SCREAM).
Long story summed up: I did keep my lenses in the water filled shot glass overnight, then cleaned and disinfected them as ususal. Result: Took a while (maybe 3 days) to put them in again; however, when I did everything was fine.
Moral of Story: Don't Fork Around With Your Eyes. Your eyes have more pain receiptors than any other part of your body.
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:59 AM
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how to safeguard contact lens from infection
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:10 AM
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how to safeguard contact lens from infection
Which better,spectacles or contact lens?
I heard it is hard to take care of contact lens. Plus it can be also harmful to our eyes if it is not used properly.Is this true?
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:28 AM
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May be ,so it is better to use The vacuum flask method of using boiling water to decontaminate soft contact lenses is better and less expensive than other ways of using moist heat and can be safely and effectively applied under most domestic circumstances...
So . . . are you going to tell us what this "vacuum flask method" is?
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Old 09-01-2009, 02:36 PM
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If you're really desperate and have nothing else, you could use room temperature water to clean until you are able to get something better.
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Old 09-01-2009, 03:15 PM
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If you're really desperate and have nothing else, you could use room temperature water to clean until you are able to get something better.
If you look up near the top of this thread, someone already suggested to "settle for water," but that still left some unresolved issues, like is plain tap water clean enough to sterilize your contacts? Don't forget that they they need to be sterile when they touch your eyes, not just clean.
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:25 AM
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Sorry, but I [didn't] notice anyone "mocking" your question -- strange as it may be.
"what a rediculous example is this?"

"Tap water is a horrible idea."

"Hot water can do a lot of damage to a pair of contact lenses."

That sounds like mockery to me. Don't you think it's a bit disrespectful to answer a question like "If this is a bad idea, what are some other ways you can clean your contacts without solution?" With "that's a horrible idea!"

Mom! They're making fun of me!
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:22 AM
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Lenses can be sterilized by boiling as an alternative to using chemicals. However, I've never done it and I presume you would use a saline solution rather than tap water. In an emergency I expect you could take bottled water and add a small amount of salt before boiling - but you really need to check with your eye care specialist.

However, you cannot boil the newer silicone hydrogel lenses as these will be damaged by heat.

EDIT: It probably is not a good idea to heat disinfect current hydrogel lenses either according to a discussion with my optician. But they didn't have any useful other alternative ideas either and if you were wearing expensive yearly or custom lenses you would be reluctant to throw them away. Heat can theoretically change the dimensions of the lens.

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Old 02-03-2010, 10:34 AM
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Lenses can be sterilized by boiling as an alternative to using chemicals. However, I've never done it and I presume you would use a saline solution rather than tap water. In an emergency I expect you could take bottled water and add a small amount of salt before boiling - but you really need to check with your eye care specialist.

However, you cannot boil the newer silicone hydrogel lenses as these will be damaged by heat.

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Thanks for your contribution, Knotlob. Of all the people contributing to this forum, I think your advice is probably the most trustworthy. Thanks for signing on.
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:29 PM
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The front desk at many hotels will provide complimentary items if a guest asks. Razor. Toothbrush. Some will have contact lens solution. The front desk might be able to suggest a 24/7 supermarket, 7-11 or even a mini-mart attached to a gas station. Any of them are likely to sell contact lens solution.

Most of the newer lenses shouldn't be sterilized via heat, per FDA. Water is never appropriate. Plus it's going to be a lot easier to find some MPS then it is going to be finding a case that's suitable for heat disentfection.

Posters want suggestions. Throw out the lens and replace it. If the lens is approved for extended wear consider sleeping with the lens. Do you at least have eye drops (re wetting). Put the lenses in a drinking glass and empty the bottle on the lenses. That might keep them hydrated enough to preserve them.

Again ask at the hotel. I suspect they'll be able to give you something or direct you to an open store. Alternately an employee might have some MPS.

If you run out of gas and you can't find a gas station what are your options. Put water in the gas tank? Cola? Beer?

Sometimes there isn't a suitable alternative.

edited to add A coffee pot in a hotel room might not even be hot enough to sterlize your lenses. It won't be hot enough to boil water.

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Old 02-05-2010, 10:11 AM
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The front desk at many hotels will provide complimentary items if a guest asks. Razor. Toothbrush. Some will have contact lens solution. The front desk might be able to suggest a 24 supermarket, 7-11 or even a mini-mart attached to a gas station. Any of them are likely to sell contact lens solution.

Most of the newer lenses shouldn't be sterilized via heat, per FDA. Water is never appropriate. Plus it's going to be a lot easier to find some MPS then it is going to be finding a case that's suitable for heat disentfection.

Posters want suggestions. Throw out the lens and replace it. If the lens is approved for extended wear consider sleeping with the lens. Do you at least have eye drops (re wetting). Put the lenses in a drinking glass and empty the bottle on the lenses. That might keep them hydrated enough to preserve them.

Again ask at the hotel. I suspect they'll be able to give you something or direct you to an open store. Alternately an employee might have some MPS.

If you run out of gas and you can't find a gas station what are your options. Put water in the gas tank? Cola? Beer?

Sometimes there isn't a suitable alternative.
I like your idea about asking the front desk, or if you're at a motel, the front office. I'm sure they're not taken by surprised when a guest forgets their contact lens solution. Even if they don't have it where you're staying, there's got to be a 7-11 or a Wal Mart nearby.

As for putting beer in your gas tank, alcohol is flammable, is it not?
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:30 AM
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I like your idea about asking the front desk, or if you're at a motel, the front office. I'm sure they're not taken by surprised when a guest forgets their contact lens solution. Even if they don't have it where you're staying, there's got to be a 7-11 or a Wal Mart nearby.

As for putting beer in your gas tank, alcohol is flammable, is it not?
Well if you have a diesel engine car, some engines can run on part diesel/part vegetable oil (say 25% plant oil). The vegetable oil is 'green' and is not taxed to within an inch of it's life, like the normal motor fuels in the UK.

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Old 02-08-2010, 02:30 PM
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Well if you have a diesel engine car, some engines can run on part diesel/part vegetable oil (say 25% plant oil). The vegetable oil is 'green' and is not taxed to within an inch of it's life, like the normal motor fuels in the UK.

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Good point, Knotlob.

Have you personally been in an emergency situation like the one described in this thread?
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:05 PM
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Good point, Knotlob.

Have you personally been in an emergency situation like the one described in this thread?
Regarding lenses, I have probably put the soft lenses into a lens case containing saline from a neutralised peroxide and then put them back in in the morning.

I have even used tap water once or twice a long time ago and got away with it, but wouldn't do that now that I understand the risks more fully. I have probably put lenses overnight in an egg cup or similar and stored in water if I had to take them out at a all night party, BUT I think I did not put them back in without first sterilising the lenses.

I had some discussions today with a couple of opticians on this matter. As expected they played safe!

They did say that it was OK to take a soft lens out for a couple of hours and store it in a lens case (while swimming for example) and then reinsert the lens without another disinfection.

They told me that boiling at 100 deg C was not sufficient to sterilise lenses, but an autoclave 180 Deg C was required (presumably for hard RGP lenses). However, I don't find this info 100% plausible, so I need to do some more research - after all lenses used to be sterilised with heat in boiling water.

They didn't advise boiling soft hydrogel or silicone hydrogel lenses to sterilise them - dimensional stability of the lens concerns.

They unsurprisingly recommended throwing the lens away, but I would think twice about this in the case of yearly or custom made lenses.

Lurker2010's idea of asking at the front desk of a hotel is a good starting point, but not much use if you were camping out in the wilds. I would have to consider how necessary it was to put the lenses back in the next day. i.e. if you have spectacles to drive, etc. then use them instead.

Storing lenses in a makeshift solution to stop them drying out (and assuming no eye drops, etc). I would boil some water for at least 10 mins to kill bacteria, add a little salt and allow to cool. Store the lenses in that. But you still have a problem of sterilisation.

If it was typical Bond type film, you could consider chlorine tablets used for purifying water, but that is fantasy without professional guidance on purging the lenses of the chlorine chemical before reinserting into your eye and this assumes that the lenses would not be damaged by the chlorine. Still, in this high tech world of mobile communications, your eye care specialist is perhaps not so far away.

So given the difficulties, the message is be organised and don't forget your lens care solutions.

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Old 02-09-2010, 11:46 AM
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MAcGyver would use a pocket knife to perform emergency lasik surgery on his own eye. DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME.

People should go away with extra pairs of contacts and/or a pair of eyeglasses. Let's change the question. What would you do if you destroyed (ripped) a lens?

Check with your eye doctor. One solution (for those using expensive vial lenses) is to see about some daily wear trial lenses. Your vision may be good enough to switch (at least for your vacation). or They may be good enough for emergency use.
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:50 PM
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MAcGyver would use a pocket knife to perform emergency lasik surgery on his own eye. DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME.

People should go away with extra pairs of contacts and/or a pair of eyeglasses. Let's change the question. What would you do if you destroyed (ripped) a lens?

Check with your eye doctor. One solution (for those using expensive vial lenses) is to see about some daily wear trial lenses. Your vision may be good enough to switch (at least for your vacation). or They may be good enough for emergency use.
A couple of things, lurker.

1. Do you remember someone said that whenever MacGuyver rigged something up the demonstration always lacked one critical ingredient so that impressionable youngsters would not be able to copy him?

2. If you want to change the question it's best to start a new thread. You ask a very good question, too. I wouldn't want the answers to your question to be buried under the 20+ replies the first question got.
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:33 PM
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If you want to change the question it's best to start a new thread. You ask a very good question, too. I wouldn't want the answers to your question to be buried under the 20+ replies the first question got.
Knotlob did a good job going through the options. Anything that involves tap water isn't safe. Using old solution solely to keep your lenses hydrated makes sense. The mini-mart attached to gas stations almost always sells contact lens solution. Finding a mini-mart, 7-11, supermarket or even drug store that's open 24/7 isn't that hard.

My purpose in changing the question is illustrate the importance of having backup contacts and/or eyeglasses. Having to discard a pair of lenses because you can't get solution until the next day, and don't have old solution and a case to temporarily hold them, isn't any different then having to discard a lens because you rip it. You can (almost) always find a way to get a case and solution. BUT, like a ripped lens, you can be in a situation where discarding a lens is the only safe solution.

I don't think anyone would suggest using crazy glue (or tree sap) to repair a ripped lens. Using a lens without proper disinfection might be worse. I'm assuming you'll discover the crazy glued lens is either so uncomforatble or your vision is so bad that you'll remove the lens in a matter of minutes.

JMO but leaving a lens in your eye overnight may be the best emergency solution. That assume the type of lens you're wearing is approved for extended wear (or is at least similar to a lens that's approved for extended wear).

I didn't give any details on what kinds of cuts have to made on the cornea for do it yourself radial keratotomy. I think I followed MacGyvers policy.
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:03 PM
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People should go away with extra pairs of contacts and/or a pair of eyeglasses. Let's change the question. What would you do if you destroyed (ripped) a lens?

Check with your eye doctor. One solution (for those using expensive vial lenses) is to see about some daily wear trial lenses. Your vision may be good enough to switch (at least for your vacation). or They may be good enough for emergency use.
I always used used to travel with spare pair of yearly lenses, but a year and a half ago for some reason I forgot the spares and did in fact tear a lens towards the end of the vacation. I managed with the hotel's front desk staff to find a pharmacy open on a Sunday and bought some Daily Bausch & Lomb Daily lenses (I did have my prescription details, but not an official one from an optician). Fortunately, the laws in Europe were not so rigorous then as they are now in the US.

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I always used used to travel with spare pair of yearly lenses, but a year and a half ago for some reason I forgot the spares and did in fact tear a lens towards the end of the vacation. I managed with the hotel's front desk staff to find a pharmacy open on a Sunday and bought some Daily Bausch & Lomb Daily lenses (I did have my prescription details, but not an official one from an optician). Fortunately, the laws in Europe were not so rigorous then as they are now in the US.

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That's a great front desk staff. Must have been a nice hotel.

About those laws. Do you think there's a great potential for harm if someone orders contact lenses with "prescription details" rather than an "official prescription"?
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That's a great front desk staff. Must have been a nice hotel.

About those laws. Do you think there's a great potential for harm if someone orders contact lenses with "prescription details" rather than an "official prescription"?
Personally I don't see a problem in the situation I was in, provided that same person is an experienced wearer, having annual eye checks and was originally fitted for contact lenses by the optician who gave the (unofficial) prescription. In this case, the daily lenses were bought as a stop gap measure until I got back to where my spare yearly lenses were - one or two days. If I had been forced to comply with US laws, then I would have been thwarted. It would not have been possible to buy the Yearly Lenses where I was staying and I wouldn't want to try and see a foreign eye care specialist with the attendant language problems, even if I could get an appointment the same or next day - no chance!

In the UK and Ireland I don't think you pay huge sums of money to have lenses fitted, assuming you buy the lenses from the optician. Some of the costs of eye checks are probably paid by the country's National Health Service. So there are not the same financial disincentives to have annual eye checks as there obviously are in the US.

The problem, as ever, is that someone may just take their spectacle prescription and with the help of a friend, guess the contact lens prescription and buy Mail Order. They may even try their friend's contact lenses . That friend can probably show how to insert and remove the lenses, but probably will not educate the new wearer in the proper care & hygiene of the lenses. Of course that person, if not examined for contact lens use, may also be completely unsuitable to wear contact lenses and do permanent damage to their eye sight.

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Old 03-15-2010, 11:21 AM
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A couple of things, lurker.

1. Do you remember someone said that whenever MacGuyver rigged something up the demonstration always lacked one critical ingredient so that impressionable youngsters would not be able to copy him?

2. If you want to change the question it's best to start a new thread. You ask a very good question, too. I wouldn't want the answers to your question to be buried under the 20+ replies the first question got.
Ah, yes. MacGyver. A different kinds of "reality show." He used reals scientific principles to get himself out of a jam every week.

And nobody had to get voted off of anything.
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:24 AM
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The problem, as ever, is that someone may just take their spectacle prescription and with the help of a friend, guess the contact lens prescription and buy Mail Order. They may even try their friend's contact lenses . That friend can probably show how to insert and remove the lenses, but probably will not educate the new wearer in the proper care & hygiene of the lenses. Of course that person, if not examined for contact lens use, may also be completely unsuitable to wear contact lenses and do permanent damage to their eye sight.

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Thank you for posting that disturbing scenario, knotlob. Judging by what I've read, the people who contribute to Lens 101 are a pretty smart bunch, but when you've got a public forum, anything can happen. It's important to let readers know what can happen if they disregard their eye doctor's instructions.
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Old 04-06-2010, 01:57 PM
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The front desk at many hotels will provide complimentary items if a guest asks. Razor. Toothbrush. Some will have contact lens solution. The front desk might be able to suggest a 24/7 supermarket, 7-11 or even a mini-mart attached to a gas station. Any of them are likely to sell contact lens solution.
I like your front desk idea, lurker2010. I should have thought of that right away.

Like the time I was listening to some of my co-workers discussing how to escape our second floor office in the event of a fire. They came up with a lot of fanciful ideas about using the awning below the window to make a hang glider and such. I suggested we call the fire department. They're a few blocks away and they have ladders.
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I like your front desk idea, lurker2010. I should have thought of that right away.

Like the time I was listening to some of my co-workers discussing how to escape our second floor office in the event of a fire. They came up with a lot of fanciful ideas about using the awning below the window to make a hang glider and such. I suggested we call the fire department. They're a few blocks away and they have ladders.
Very clever, ElaineKramer. Sometimes there's something to be said for thinking inside the box.
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:50 AM
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I like your front desk idea, lurker2010. I should have thought of that right away.

Like the time I was listening to some of my co-workers discussing how to escape our second floor office in the event of a fire. They came up with a lot of fanciful ideas about using the awning below the window to make a hang glider and such. I suggested we call the fire department. They're a few blocks away and they have ladders.
I bet it got real quiet when you made that suggestion . . .
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Which better,spectacles or contact lens?
I heard it is hard to take care of contact lens. Plus it can be also harmful to our eyes if it is not used properly. Is this true?
Time to adress your question, Pooja. Sorry it took so long.

Is it hard to take care of contact lenses? No, not really. The daily disposable don't really need any maintenance, you just wear them once and then toss them. It takes a while to get the hang of putting them in and taking them out.
Can they harm your eyes if not used properly? Yes, but the biggest threat seems to be infection, and if you keep your contacts nice and squeaky clean that's not going to be an issue.

How was that?
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Time to adress your question, Pooja. Sorry it took so long.

Is it hard to take care of contact lenses? No, not really. The daily disposable don't really need any maintenance, you just wear them once and then toss them. It takes a while to get the hang of putting them in and taking them out.
Can they harm your eyes if not used properly? Yes, but the biggest threat seems to be infection, and if you keep your contacts nice and squeaky clean that's not going to be an issue.

How was that?
We haven't heard from Pooja yet, but it's a good answer. However I have one thing to add. Another easy way to reduce your chance of infection is to remove your contact lenses when your eye doctor tells you to. If she says to take them out every night, then that's exactly what you should do.

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We haven't heard from Pooja yet, but it's a good answer. However I have one thing to add. Another easy way to reduce your chance of infection is to remover your contact lenses when your eye doctor tells you to. If she says to take them out every night, then that's exactly what you should do.
Thanks for that PS, 3scompany. It's important to follow your eye doctor's instructions.
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How annoying - I'd written my very first post in this forum and whoosh! - it's disappeared! Anyway, I'll write it again, so here goes -

Back in 1969/1970 I got my first contact lenses. They were the usual hard ones everyone was wearing back then and I found them hard to adjust to, so my optician gave me a pair of what he said were Czechoslovakian soft lenses. He told me to sterilise them by boiling them in a saucepan every night for 15 minutes. So each night I boiled them in my mother's egg saucepan, a procedure that rather bewildered her. She didn't like the idea of contact lenses anyway, she thought it was too risky putting something in your eyes every day, and as for boiling the things ...

Anyway, the lenses were fine, it did them no harm being boiled like this and I wore them for several weeks. After a while I got rather fed up with the boiling business, also for some reason I found the lenses difficult to insert and remove, so I decided to give hard lenses another try. Eventually, after much trial and error, I got a pair of hard lenses to suit and that was it for the next 20 years.

So there you are - boiling the early soft lenses seems to have been the usual thing to do to sterilise them, and mine didn't change shape, nor did I have any eye infections.
But I wouldn't boil lenses today without checking with your optician/eye doc first, as they're probably made from a different type of material and it might damage them. The Czechoslovakian ones were thicker than modern lenses, IIRC.

PS Makes me feel old recounting my experience, like someone from the Dark Ages.
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How annoying - I'd written my very first post in this forum and whoosh! - it's disappeared! Anyway, I'll write it again, so here goes -

Back in 1969/1970 I got my first contact lenses. They were the usual hard ones everyone was wearing back then and I found them hard to adjust to, so my optician gave me a pair of what he said were Czechoslovakian soft lenses. He told me to sterilise them by boiling them in a saucepan every night for 15 minutes. So each night I boiled them in my mother's egg saucepan, a procedure that rather bewildered her. She didn't like the idea of contact lenses anyway, she thought it was too risky putting something in your eyes every day, and as for boiling the things ...

Anyway, the lenses were fine, it did them no harm being boiled like this and I wore them for several weeks. After a while I got rather fed up with the boiling business, also for some reason I found the lenses difficult to insert and remove, so I decided to give hard lenses another try. Eventually, after much trial and error, I got a pair of hard lenses to suit and that was it for the next 20 years.

So there you are - boiling the early soft lenses seems to have been the usual thing to do to sterilise them, and mine didn't change shape, nor did I have any eye infections.

But I wouldn't boil lenses today without checking with your optician/eye doc first, as they're probably made from a different type of material and it might damage them. The Czechoslovakian ones were thicker than modern lenses, IIRC.

PS Makes me feel old recounting my experience, like someone from the Dark Ages.
Hi Dawn. Sorry your first draft whooshed away, but I'm glad you decided to try again.

Thanks for sharing your contact lens boiling routine. I'm glad your mother was patient with your strange ways. I agree that doing that with modern lenses may not yield such favorable results.

Speaking of modern lenses, do you still wear contact lenses today?
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