18. August 2012 07:44
A number of contact lens wearers use lens care solutions based on hydrogen peroxide. To help them, Dr Susan J. Gromacki wrote a special article published in Contact Lenses Today.
When she was doing her research, Dr Gromacki found that contact lens users had come across different approaches of airport security officers to contact lens solutions. Some of them confiscated patients’ hydrogen peroxide solutions, and others allowed them on planes. To explain the matter, Dr Gromacki called Transportation Security Administration.
As a result, the expert found out that TSA considers hydrogen peroxide to be a “hazardous material that is permitted aboard an aircraft.” The problem is that hydrogen peroxide can be used to produce bombs and contact lens solutions sometimes cause TSA’s equipment to set off its alarms. This means that hydrogen peroxide-based solutions, contrary to multipurpose contact lens solutions, are not treated as OTC medications.
The best thing to do, Dr Gromacki believes, is to buy small bottles of such solutions, which are usually allowed on planes. However, contact lens users should never transfer solutions from original bottles to smaller ones, as it leads to contamination and risk of infection.