• What do I need to do to my contact lenses when they are exposed to jalapeno pepper?


    Question:

    My son cut up a jalapeño pepper and touched his eye while wearing contacts. He rinsed his eye with milk but still has irritation. How long will this last and is there a way to clean contacts or should they be disposed of?


    Answer:

    The capsicum in jalapeño peppers is very irritating. In fact, it is the main component of pepper spray. The irritation is likely to pass in several hours. Though contact lenses can be cleaned, it is probably best to dispose of the lenses and avoid putting in new lenses until your son's eye is less irritated.


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