Contact Lens Solutions: What You Need to Know


If you’re a contact lens wearer, one of the most important tools for keeping your eyes healthy is your contact lens solution. Whether you wear 1-2 week disposable contacts like the ultra-popular Acuvue Oasys contacts by Johnson & Johnson or monthly disposable contact lenses like Biofinity contacts by CooperVision, contact solution is vital. It is always best to follow your eye doctor’s recommendation as they test for any allergies you might have during an eye exam, but here’s an overview of the different types of solutions and why they might work for you.

Multipurpose Solutions

Multipurpose lens solutions are a popular choice since they cover many of the steps required for lens care. Not only do they clean and disinfect, but contact lenses can also be stored and kept soaking in this solution. If you follow the “rub and rinse” method for cleaning your lenses, then this solution is a good option for you. Using multipurpose solution on the lens and then gently rubbing it to remove any particles or potentially harmful irritants will help ensure that your contact lenses are safe to wear.

Hydrogen Peroxide Solutions

If your eye doctor finds that you have an allergy to certain types of contact solutions during your exam, then a hydrogen peroxide based solution could be an effective alternative for you. Like multipurpose solutions, this type allows you to rinse, disinfect, and store your contact lenses in it, but hydrogen peroxide solutions also require an extra step in care. The solution must be neutralized before you can actually wear your lenses. If this very crucial step is overlooked then the solution will sting or burn your eyes. In order to neutralize the solution you will also need a special case that contains a neutralizing disc that reacts with the solution, enabling you to safely insert the lenses. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that with every new bottle of hydrogen peroxide solution you should replace your lens case. Over time, the neutralizing disc will become ineffective so replacing the case with the solution will help you to avoid any risk of irritation. Consider the replacement schedule of your contact lenses; whether it be 1-2 weeks like for Acuvue Oasys or a month for Biofinity, it’s vital to stay on top of replacing your neutralizing case as well.

Saline Solution

Another option is using a saline solution that can be used to rinse and store your contact lenses. This type of solution, however, does not cover all of the bases when it comes to fully cleansing and preparing your lenses for insertion. If you decide to go with a saline solution, then you will also need a disinfectant to sanitize the lens. While this may not be the most convenient choice, it is still an option if you are unable to use a multipurpose or hydrogen peroxide solution.

When using contact solution, remember that your lenses require three main steps for a proper cleaning: rinsing, disinfecting, and correct storing. If the solution that you choose only hits a couple of those steps, then you will need to supplement it. With the proper care and contact solution, lenses are an easy and convenient way to comfortably correct your vision.

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