Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rumor: Contact lens melt on the eye

I just saw many people posting that contact lens melt with the eye and cause people to go blind.
Here is the exact article :
"A 21 year old guy had worn a pair of contact lenses during a barbecue party.(An event or meal at which food is cooked outdoors over an open grill or fire)
While barbecuing he stared at the fire charcoals continuously for 2-3 minutes.
After a few minutes, he started to scream for help and moved rapidly, jumping up and down.
No one in the party knew why he was doing this?

Then he admitted into the Hospital, the doctor said he'll be blind permanently because of the contact lenses that he had worn.
Contact lenses are made by plastics, and the heat from the charcoal melted
his contact lenses

The Analysis:

Here are some facts from my experience and you will find them true if you google also..

Firstly, I wear contact lenses on a regular basis.. I can safely say that this is false and a rumor..
and  I have even barbequed many times wearing contact lens.. The only thing which will makes you jump up and down is when any small splinter (dust) blows into your eyes and causes irritation..
However, the fact that prolonged wear of contact lens does make the removal of contact a bit tough (not impossible), but just putting a few drops of lubricating drops solves this also..!!

Another point that before the contact lens melts they get dehydrated and turn into brittle glass which in no case can remain in the eye. (around 82% of contact lens is water) . They are disinfected near 121 degrees  Celsius (  at  even when disinfecting them, they are kept in an aqueous medium to prevent them from dehydrating..

The bottom line is, before the contact lenses melt on your eyes, your face’s skin might have burnt out.

Finally,  Contact lens are made from SILICA (silicone hydrogels)...!!! NOT Plastics..!!! (silicone hydrogels to be precise)

Kindly, note that this is a rumor nothing else..

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