“Cry Me a River.” “Fool to Cry.” “Baby Stop Crying.” Have you ever wondered why so many hit songs are written about crying? Let’s face it, life brings us plenty of both happy tears and sad tears. If you wear contacts, you may have wondered if crying with contacts is safe. Will weeping wash contacts away? Plus, what is it about tears that gunks up your lenses? Is it more than just pure emotion? Why yes!
Crying with your contact lenses in will not cause any harm or damage to your eyes. However, you may have noticed that after even a short sob, you sometimes end up with cloudy contact lenses.
To start off with, since tears are the result of a good cry, it might help if you knew what are the main components of this unique liquid. Tears are one of the eye’s most important features and are constructed of a mix of water, mucus and oil. Because the eye does not contain blood vessels, tears are actually needed to carry all the nutrients to our eye that we need.
Mucus in Tears
Mucus in your tears sounds sort of disgusting, but without this ambiguous substance to coat the eye, your tears would have nothing to bind to. Dry eye spots would cloud the eye cornea.
Salt and Minerals in Tears
Our tears resemble a saline solution, yet the salt in tears is just one ingredient. Tears are actually a complex mixture of various other minerals that are fundamental to keeping the eye healthy and functioning. Throw in some natural antibiotics to our tear recipe as well. Antibiotics known as lysozymes are also present in our tear solution. Lysozymes combat bacteria and viruses.
Oil in Tears
Oil and water normally do not mix, but oil and tears in our eyes work together to create a tear film that inhibits the evaporation of our tears.
The film you notice on your lenses after crying in them is caused by the mixture of all these substances in your eye. Over time, it is quite common to build up a surplus of protein in the form of a film that causes fuzzy vision. Crying for a segment of time can cause the protein film to appear quickly, sometimes overnight. Proper knowledge of how to clean contacts will eliminate the film and allow you to see more clearly.
How To Remove Protein Film From Contact Lenses:
- Wash and dry your hands completely before handling your contact lenses. Dirty hands can accidentally introduce harmful bacteria to your eye, which is one of many potential causes of eye infections.
- Open up your hand and place the contact in your palm. Use a sterile saline solution generously to rinse your lens. Use your finger to gently rub the solution on your lens. Now, rinse the contact with a large amount of saline after cleaning, and place your contact lens in a clean case filled with fresh saline solution.
- Repeat this procedure for both contact lenses.
- Place one or two drops of protein remover into the case with each contact. Allow the contacts to sit in the protein removing solution for a minimum of 4 hours. If you can leave them overnight, that is an even better option.
- Rinse each contact well with the saline solution to remove any residual protein. Caution: protein remover will burn your eye if any of it is left on your lens. Be extremely careful to rinse all of the protein solution away.
- Never apply protein remover directly to your eye.
It is vital to your eye health to know how to clean a contact lens case and contacts carefully and thoroughly. Therefore, if you find yourself crying while watching a sappy movie or tearing up at your good friend’s wedding, cloudy contacts won’t get in the way of your vision.