Hydrogen Peroxide in Eye: What Will Happen?

Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical solution that is used for cleaning and disinfecting contact lenses. It does not have the preservatives that many multi-purpose solutions contain, which can cause allergic reactions. However, you should use hydrogen peroxide carefully to avoid getting it in eyes. 

What Will Happen If You Get Hydrogen Peroxide Solution in Eye?

The first thing you will notice after accidently putting hydrogen peroxide in eyes is a burning sensation. It will be uncomfortable and cause some significant amount of pain as well, but this is unlikely to cause any long-term damage.

Make sure you remove the lenses immediately and then rinse your eye with saline or regular water. Then you should see your eye doctor to make sure that no serious damage was caused.

Tips for Using Hydrogen Peroxide Contact Lens Solutions Safely

  • Read and follow the instructions carefully before you use hydrogen peroxide solution. 
  • When using hydrogen peroxide, always remember that contact lenses cannot be put in your eyes directly without being neutralized. The hydrogen peroxide treated lenses should be left in the special case for a minimum of six hours. There is a disk in this case, which will have a chemical reaction with the hydrogen peroxide and turn it into saline solution.
  • The disc loses its effectiveness after some time and needs to be replaced. Use a new disc every time you open a new solution to prevent getting the hydrogen peroxide in eye.
  • Warn any friends or family members that you are using hydrogen peroxide. The chances of them using your solution accidently and then ending up getting it in eyes are very high.
  • Mark your hydrogen peroxide solution and separate it from other eye solutions that you may be using.

What’s the Best Choice in Contact Lens Solution?

There are many different types of contact lens solutions available in the market, and different people may need different types. So how to choose?  Firstly, you should consult your eye doctor, and then you can refer to our information and choose the one that is the most suitable for you.

  • Saline

It should not be used to store the lenses since it does not contain any disinfectant or cleaner. Saline solution should only be used to clean the lenses before wearing them.

  • Cleaner

These solutions contain chemicals that help clean the surface of the lenses but should not be used to store the lenses. Just like hydrogen peroxide in eye can make you uncomfortable, so can cleaner solutions. They should never be directly put inside the eye as well.

  • Disinfectant

This is designed to store the contact lenses after they have been cleaned. The time for disinfection is about 6 hours. These should also never come directly in contact with the eyes.

  • Enzymatic Solution

A layer of protein will be deposited on the lenses after wearing. Enzymatic contact lens solution is the best when it comes to removing this layer. This solution is also harmful to the eye if it comes in direct contact.

  • Multipurpose Solution

These are the most commonly available solutions in the market, and contain cleaner and disinfectant. They are also designed to be neutral to eyes, so lenses treated by this solution can be put in your eyes directly. There are minor differences as to the amount of time required for disinfection and whether the lenses need to be rubbed or not.

If you are afraid of getting hydrogen peroxide in eye accidently, then shifting to a multipurpose solution may a good idea.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide Solutions

People who have allergies or sensitive eyes can benefit from using hydrogen peroxide lens solutions since they are very effective in removing the debris from the surface, disinfecting the lens and breaking up the layer of protein that gets deposited after use. 

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