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Contact Solution Only!

Contact lens wearers be fully aware of the importance of proper eye care. A study performed by Bausch & Lomb in August showed that a large number of adults are using potentially harmful lubricants instead of contact solution to keep their lenses moist. Products including baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, lemonade, fruit juice, butter and others were all mentioned as occasional substitutes, by twenty percent of the 2,000 adults polled in the British survey.

Even more of the respondants indicated that they use spit when inserting their contacts. Knowing that the mouth of the average adult contains hundreds of different types of microorganisms, this is clearly not a good idea. To worsen the situation, many individuals believe that water from a tap or bottle is a safe alternative for lens solution, however even pure bottled water or distilled water may contain microorganisms that can cause damage to the eye and have been associated with Acanthamoeba keratitis, a sight-threatening corneal infection. Even moreso, if water enters your eyes from a pool, ocean or even a bath while your contacts are in, it's a good idea to remove your contacts as soon as you can and thoroughly rinse them so no parasites can get trapped to the surface of your eye.

Sterilizing your lenses is critical and only properly labeled contact lens disinfectants should be used. Don't ever keep your contacts in water! Storing your contacts in water does not thoroughly clean them and dangerous microorganisms can multiply on your contacts almost instantly and eventually enter your eyes. Further, contact solution is made to match the saltiness of the tear film in your eyes and conversely water can cause a reaction which makes your contacts change shape or stick causing discomfort and blurred vision.

At times that you know that you do not have the means to properly disinfect your lenses, you should definitely consider using one-use contact lenses instead of lenses that you reuse. Speak to your eye doctor about taking age, lifestyle and level of responsibility into consideration when determining which contacts are best for you.

Keep in mind that failure to properly care for your contact lenses with approved contact solution can result in serious damage to the eyes or even complete blindness.


Personal Message from Drs. McRoberts, Bowden & Davidson regarding COVID-19

Considering the evolving situation of COVID-19, we feel it is our responsibility to prioritize the health of our community members during this critical time and do what we can to minimize the opportunity for transmission. As a result, we have made the decision to close our physical clinic and provide only virtual appointments & emergency referrals until further notice.

For Squamish patients, please call 604-892-5055 during our regular business hours to consult.
For West Vancouver patients, please call 604-922- 0413 during our regular business hours to consult.

We are here if you need us!

**Please note – we will continue to be available for your glasses, contacts, eye drops, ocular supplements and any other product or prescription needs. Please call and we can arrange to have these shipped directly to your door at no charge.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times. We are hopeful that this will be a temporary measure, and will be monitoring the situation carefully. Please take care of yourselves & each other, and we hope to see you soon!

Drs. McRoberts, Bowden & Davidson