How to remove habaneros from contact lenses
How to emove habanero capsaicin from your contact lens
"How do I remove hot pepper, capsaicin, habanero oil burn from my contacts?", that was the question I googled and could find no direct response to.
Im no doctor and I don't even play one on the internet. In case you didn't know, capsaicin is the hot oil that burns your eyes, hands, mouth and soul in the pepper; the active ingredient.
Unfortunately, for you and I, contact lens wearing folk, capsaicin is not water soluble. Next time we choose to cut up habaneros some habaneros to make our own salsa or hot sauce, lets make sure we wear gloves.
(Random Side Note- nothing to do with the subject: The re-captcha code, the code I had to type in to verify I was a real person trying to post this blog-hub and not the result of emergent behavior from the ghost in the machine, was "member silicone". I thought that was pretty funny for a randomly selected sequence of words...it worked out in a MAD LIBS kind of way.)
Just like you I could not find anyone telling me how to save my contacts from the effects of habanero peppers.
But I took some info bits from here and there and this is what I did to clean the habanero pepper burn from my TORIC CONTACT LENSES:
- I soaked the contacts in Hydrogen Peroxide for 1 hour.
- Rinsed with water
- I soaked the contact lens in rubbing alcohol for another 1 hour
- Rinse with water and milk
- I rinsed them with milk
- Soaked lens overnight in milk
- Rinse with contact solution
- Put lens in eye and bear with the mild burn...it should go away in a minute. It worked for me.
Im not telling you to go and do this. This is really what I did and it worked for me.
I was leaving on tour and I was afraid I was not going to have back up/spare lenses for tour...thank god...or thank milk.
I wonder if I could have skipped the rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide and just cleaned them with milk and soaked them in milk overnight. But that formula worked for me.
I had to steal some real milk from my roommate for I only drink Soy Milk. And NO, soymilk does not remove the capsaicin/Habanero burn. His milk was skim...and I know whole milked would have cleaned them a lot better.
Hope this helped.