There are times that you need to store your contact lenses in a solution that is not meant for that purpose. You might be using monthly contacts that need to be taken out for each night, and you either run out of the solutions or you don’t spend the night at home. Some people use disposable contacts when they go out for the night, so they don’t have to worry about storing them, but every now and then something unexpected happens and you have to improvise a little bit.
First of all you need to be sure not to directly use tap water on your contacts – it contains bacteria that you don’t want in your eyes. Failing to follow this rule may result in a serious eye infection.
The first best option is to use distilled water – this is water that consists only of H2O and it is free from bacteria. If this is not available the second best thing that you can get is saline – which is a mixture of salt and water.
If neither of these are available – most likely isn’t – your next best thing is to prepare distilled salt water yourself. Storing your contact lenses in a solution like this is easy but it does take some time to prepare. First of all you need to boil water and have the vapor cool down so it forms water once again. Then drop this water in a glass or a jar and add a teaspoon of salt per eight ounces of water. You can do this easily with a slightly misplaced lid on the top of the kettle and place the drinking glass next to the kettle. The salt further helps to kill bacteria.
Always remember to clean the contact lenses with a proper solution before you put them on to avoid any bacteria getting in your eyes.