The College of Optometrists

Contamination via contact lens solutions and medicine bottles

You should carefully maintain all contact lens care products and medicines used during examination and discard any prior to their expiry date.
You should:
  1. be aware that multi-dose containers can be a source of infection
  2. be aware that varying levels of contamination exist in plastic bottles containing contact lens solutions, and
  3. note when these bottles are opened and discard them according to manufacturer’s guidelines, which vary depending on the product and its use.
You should:
  1. keep the dropper tip free from contamination
  2. replace the lid on the container immediately after use as all solutions are susceptible to contamination during the time that caps are removed, and
  3. dispose of solutions immediately if you suspect contamination.
Use single use drug delivery systems, where possible.

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