Unfortunately, there is not a good way to get rid of jelly bumps. Jelly bumps are not only a deposit on the lens but also alter the lens material in a lasting way. This means the easiest way to get rid of jelly bumps is to get a new pair of contact lenses.
When the wearer still wants to try to get rid of jelly bumps the following procedure could minimize them. Your contact lens specialist could use the following ingredients to improve the situation.
10% Hydrogen Peroxide Solution should be combined with 8% EDTA or saline in combination with a cleaning agent for soft contact lenses. For the 10% Hydrogen Peroxide solution the same amounts are used as for the 8% EDTA solution. When the solution is prepared the contact lens with the jelly bumps should be rubbed in your hand with saline. This will take off some of the smaller deposits on the lens. After those steps, the solution gets heated up until it boils. Then the contact lens is added.
After five minutes the contact lens should be removed from the boiling solution. Usually, fewer deposits are found now on the lens. But this cleaning put a lot of stress on the lens material. You can expect material defects which makes the lens only wearable in a provisory way. It will be far from optimal this is why in most circumstances those steps will not be performed because the cost outweighs the small benefit the wearer will have after the optician tried to remove the jelly bumps.
In a lot of cases the putting your contacts in a solution with 10% Hydrogen Peroxide even when it is mixed the lens could change the color a little. Usually, you can see a slight rose tint after using the method just described.
In most cases, it is better to prevent the buildup of jelly bumps in the first place so let us talk about how you could extend the time until jelly bumps are found on the lenses or how to get rid of them entirely. This will be discussed in the next paragraphs.
How To Prevent Your Soft Contacts Form Building up Jelly Bumps?
Jelly bumps are only found on soft contact lenses. So the easiest way to get rid of jelly bumps is to switch to rigid gas permeable also known as hard contact lenses. If the foreign body sensation lets you hesitate think about getting scleral lenses.
If you wish to stay with soft contact lenses one way to decrease the likelihood for jelly bumps is to switch to soft contact lenses with lower water content. In combination with with the changed material the lenses should be cleaned in a conscientious way. This includes not only the cleaning products the opticians recommends but also rubbing the lens daily for at least 30 seconds and rinsing them before you put them back into the container.
When those things do not work and you still want to stick to soft contact lenses the lenses should be replaced faster. Because when the time of wear has reduced the proteins and lipids just have less time to accumulate on the lens surface. Daily contacts would be a great choice to get rid of the jelly bumps.
When the contact lenses are tried the composition of the tear-film can vastly differ from person to person. I fit person daily with standard and specialty contact lenses and some of them never have an issue with jelly bumps although they have lenses with a replacement cycle of one year and some of them show deposits accumulated even at the end of one day.
It is not only the tear-film itself but also the components mixed in it due to the usage of cosmetics the wrong contact lens care products or the consumption of drugs that can lead to a faster build-up of jelly bumps on the contact lens surface.
What Happens if I Just Wear the Lenses With the Jelly Bumps on Them?
When the lens material changed and the lens surface changed due to the deposits on it the likelihood for infections bigger. Soft contact lens materials already work like sponges. When the lens matrix got altered different effects to happen which lead to a lot of issues. First of all, when the jelly bumps are positioned near or directly over your pupil your visual acuity will suffer. When you do not notice it in daylight you will at night.
And with the altered material the wetting characteristics of the contact lens material are changed for the worse. This means it is fat more likely dry spots on your lenses show up. With dry spots on your not only will you have increased friction which could irritate your eye very quickly but you also have a barrier partly missing. Your tear film is a barrier to things you do not want in your eye that could to the above-mentioned infections.
So when in the check-up jelly bumps can be observed you can directly order your next pair of contacts. I would not recommend even wear the lenses after the jelly bumps got found.
So this sums up the topic of jelly bumps and how you should deal with them. First it is important your optician checks your tear film and then fits the contact lens material best for you. He or she will then perform consistent check ups to see if the lens is still compatible with your tear film or if something needs to be changed like the cleaning agent or the contact lens material.
I wish you a great day.