hot peppers and taking out contacts

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by muffler, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. muffler

    muffler Guest


    I was making chili tonight and chopped chili peppers. I then cleaned my
    hands well. When it came time to take out my contacts my fingers
    caused my eyes to burn a little an tear. I guess the pepper was
    somehow on my fingers even after using Joy liquid and then soap a few

    I took out my contacts and put it in no rub solution to soak overnight.
    Is it possible my contacts will be ruined or will the solution just
    clean them up?


    muffler, Jan 19, 2006
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    Mark A Guest

    I can't answer your question, but I do know that the hot oils in peppers are
    not water soluble. In addition, I believe that Joy is well known for leaving
    hands soft, and not for its cleaning ability.
    Mark A, Jan 19, 2006
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    LarryDoc Guest

    Your contacts (this applies to soft lenses) may need to be cleaned with
    an alcohol-based cleaner such as Miraflow. You'll know if your "no rub"
    solution did the job when you put the lenses back in, eh?

    Meanwhile, for future chili cooking times, wash your hands with whole
    milk or cream and then liquid dishwashing detergent. Really.

    LB, O.D.
    LarryDoc, Jan 19, 2006
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    acemanvx Guest

    If your contacts are inexpensive it might just be less trouble to throw
    em out and use fresh new ones. My mom and sister change their contacts
    twice a month as supposed to.
    acemanvx, Jan 19, 2006
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    muffler Guest

    thanks, but the contacts are yearly ones due to my compicated
    prescription. Is there any one who knows the answer?


    muffler, Jan 19, 2006
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    Scot Guest

    No, we cannot answer your question specifically though I can say I know
    how that feels. Cut a bunch of habanero peppers once. Washed 4-5
    times, waited a day and a half and still burnt the hell out of my eyes
    when I rubbed them a bit. Habaneros are evil, but oh so tasty!

    As for the peppers in your case, the capsaicin is what makes them hot
    and that is what we need to worry about. It is not water soluable,
    which is why the heat sticks with you even when you drink water. Well
    actually that isn't the only reason, the other is that it physically
    binds to your tastebuds for a time causing you to do the hot mouth

    But I digress. The chemical is fat (hence the milk suggestion) and
    alcohol soluable. This means they can stick to plastic surfaces, but
    since contacts are not made out of commercial plastics but a specific
    blend of cool stuff I dont think anyone here knows (or wants to
    experiment with) the soluablility of capsaicin in contacts. The best
    advice I can think of is what larrydoc stated, use some alcohol based
    cleaner if your lenses can use it. The alcohol should combine with the
    capsaicin and at least reduce the amount of pain you will go through to
    a neglible amount.

    Vodka on the hands also works to get the the heat off them. If you
    want to cut habaneros (or other peppers) up in the future, I STRONGLY
    suggest using latex gloves. Feels kinda silly to do it, but otherwise
    you are wasting a bunch of milk or vodka and then look really silly :)

    Scot, Jan 19, 2006
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    Dick Adams Guest

    Scary! -- how much does that stuff cost per milliliter?

    Well, I guess there is no chance of reproducing it on the kitchen counter ...

    Reason I ask is that some eye drops that were prescribed for me cost $78
    for 3 milliliters (Vigamox). When I remarked about it, the doctor mumbled
    "stuff for the eyes is expensive!" and ran out, in a hurry to catch his
    flight to Maui.
    Dick Adams, Jan 19, 2006
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    muffler Guest

    Miraflow is not expensive - I paid around 7 dollars US for 20 ml of the
    extra strength daily cleaner. I have no idea what vigamox is.

    muffler, Jan 19, 2006
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    Dick Adams Guest

    Only $1325.00 per gallon.

    If you knew what was in it, you could probably make it yourself for
    less that $1.00 per gallon, or use some ordinary stuff.

    The aftermarket potential for contact lenses is incredible, and nowhere
    near full appreciation yet.
    It is an antibiotic solution. Case of me, it was to be used prophylactically before
    and after eye surgery. It is an esoteric antibiotic. Probably an ordinary
    antibiotic would do as well. But, considering the mark-up, that would lead
    only to infinitesimal cost advantage, and would not have any of the same
    "Wow!" value. Probably prophylactic use of antibiotics in eyes is
    superfluous in the first place as eyes do marvelously well all by themselves
    when it comes to fending off infection.

    All kinds of shit flies into your eyes, especially when there's a bit of wind.

    Of course, I do not know what goes on under and in contact lenses.
    Fortunately, I will most likely never need to find out.
    Dick Adams, Jan 19, 2006
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    Dom Guest

    I suppose what you're paying for is not so much the bulk solution but
    rather the individual packaging, the freight, the assurance of
    sterility, the assurance of the correct formula, the assurance of safety
    and efficacy thanks to the clinical trials; the marketing, the shopping
    mall rents at your convenient local mall, and the knowledgable product
    advice you receive from the place of purchase. All of these would cost
    more than the marginal cost of a few mls of solution.

    Dom, Jan 20, 2006
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    Dick Adams Guest

    What we are paying for is the world's most expensive "health-care" system --
    in part, if not largely, executives, stockholders, overcompensated middle
    men, etc., etc., and, lastly (but not leastly) the costs of getting ourselves
    professionally bullshitted to the degree that we have no inkling of the extent
    to which we are being gouged.
    Dick Adams, Jan 20, 2006
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    Dan Abel Guest

    About US$.35, but it should last more than a week, if you clean both
    lenses daily. My last purchase was a a two-pack of 20ml bottles.
    Dan Abel, Jan 21, 2006
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    Dan Abel Guest

    My daughter wanted saffron for Christmas. She asked for 1,000 pounds.
    That would have been about US$2,000,000. I got her a gram. According
    to my recipe for saffron rice, that works out to about US$.10 per
    serving for the cost of the saffron.
    Dan Abel, Jan 21, 2006
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    Dan Abel Guest

    I'm no expert, but this has happened to me. If it's late in the day,
    I'll take out my contacts *before* cutting the peppers. If I don't,
    even after several hand washings, there's some burning. I use an
    alcohol based cleaner (Miraflow), and have never had a problem the next
    day. It was just my fingers that caused the burning, and it didn't
    transfer to the contacts (or the cleaner washed it off).
    Dan Abel, Jan 21, 2006
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    Guest Guest

    Better late than never.
    In future just use disposable handgloves when you are using peppers.
    The sap of the peppers stays in the skin for a few days to a week and
    irritates the eye each moment you touch the eyes.

    Hope this helps
    Guest, Jan 23, 2006
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    muffler Guest


    Believe it or not I cleaned my contacts and I still had burning. I
    think my fingers still has the stuff on it after so many washings and I
    later had inflamation of my eye membranes. Anyway I did the rubbing
    alcohol thing with my hands and rinsed/cleaned/rinsed/cleaned my
    contacts. I am hestitant to put these things in and I did order new
    ones anyway.

    Your email is encouraging and I might try them tonight since it has
    been a few days and my eyes feel alot better.

    muffler, Jan 23, 2006
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