Hello. I purchased a very expensive pair ($1,200) of top of the line toric contact lenses
that were hand painted by a woman who paints contacts for almost every major motion Hollywood picture that has come out in the last five years. They're pretty special coming from a woman that paints contacts for Johnny Depp. My question is not whether or not I should throw them away, but rather is it possible that any bacteria could survive the rigorous cleaning they have undergone in the past week.
Here's the scenario.
I bought them two years ago and wore them for a year. (Toric lenses
can easily last 3 to 4 years. I was specifically told that by the eye doctor she contracts with who fitted me for the contacts.) I misplaced them for a year and thus they sat in the same solution for that entire time until I recently found them. Prior to this I cleaned them as directed and disinfected regularly with peroxide solution. I have been to my regular eye doctor since then but not to her as I don't live in California. I hadn't yet found the contacts at the time of my last regular eye exam to ask my eye doctor about this and to have him look at the contacts. In this time my prescription has not changed and there are no nicks or damage otherwise to the lenses
Every answer on yahoo claims one should throw them away but I can't believe rigorous disinfection wouldn't kill any bacteria on my contact lenses which otherwise have at least some wear life left. After all, that's what disinfecting solution is for.
I want to know is it likely any bacteria could survive after a week straight of thorough cleaning by means of gently rubbing these contacts with peroxide solution on both sides for ten minutes, each side, rinsing and disinfecting in Clear Care peroxide solution over night (6 to 8 hours) and storing in saline for the day, disinfecting the case everyday as well and repeating the process every day and night for a week straight.
I realize you can't answer definitively so I am asking is it likely? I don't see how its possible that they could not be completely disinfected and safe to wear again until I can get another pair of them. I know if I ask my regular eye doctor he will want to sell me a pair of regular contacts. How would sitting in a solution for a month vs a year make the rubbing and peroxide disinfection procedure I have performed any less effective? I know the general answer is throw them away but I am not prepared to do that. Please no answer to the the affect that they are your eyes and you only have two of them. I already take that reality very seriously so I am looking for information so I can make an informed decision on my own.
I guess the question comes down to this, is it likely bacteria would survive the intense cleaning I have described after a pair of toric lenses have sat in a unopened contact case for extended period of time. To be clear, I am not asking you if I should wear them or throw them away. I am asking if it is likely that bacteria could survive the scenario I have described, a rigorous cleaning and disinfection process, if bacteria had ever been present upon finding them to begin with.