Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Well. Since your question deals only with the bacteria and not if the lenses should be worn let me give your problem some thought.....
I think, from what you have told me about your cleaning/disinfection process you have put the lenses and case through, that any and all bacteria are most likely very dead.
Does that make sense to you?
Now, as to if you should wear them......over time the material the lenses are made of might of broken down, they may have warped or had other changes that make them unsafe to use. I would suggest taking the lenses to your ophthalmologist for evaluation and see what she says before taking the risk of wearing them.
Does this make sense to you?
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Dr. Rick,When you have a moment could you tell me what you mean by "over time the material the lenses are made of might of broken down, they may have warped or had other changes that make them unsafe to use."Does this mean a warping which might make the contacts abrasive to the eye or is it possible the material they are made of could leach into the eye? Is there a specific test I could ask my local ophthalmologist to perform...like could I ask to have "such and such" a test performed on my contacts that would determine their status either way without going into the details? I won't be in CA for at least a few months so I would like to have them evaluated by my local ophthalmologist to determine if I can wear them in the mean time but if I give him the details he will definitely try to sell me his disposable contacts as usual and I don't feel he would even evaluate them if I told him I just found them. Thanks again. I appreciate your help!
Last question, promise.
I noticed this morning when I looked at my box of disposable lenses the individual unopened lens packages say they have an expiration date of 4/2014. I got them over a year ago. That means they can stay in that solution for 5-6 years. So, relating this to the contacts in question, is the saline solution that contacts come sealed in, different than saline we use to store them in after they have been opened? Like does the saline disposables/new contacts in general come in somehow preserve the contact in a way regular Ciba saline would not? Thanks again.