Normal saline solution is ordinary table salt mixed with sterile
water in a strength that is similar to tears. Some eyewash solutions (such as
Bausch and Lomb Eye Wash) contain normal saline solution.
Most prepared normal saline solutions can be used for moist
compresses applied to the eyes. But nasal spray solutions that contain
normal saline should not be used in the eyes, because they may contain
preservatives and other ingredients that could be harmful to the eyes.
Use only sterile water solutions in your eyes or to clean your
contact lenses. Tap water can cause a serious infection. Do not use a homemade
saline solution to clean your contact lenses or rinse your eyes.
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