Contact Lens Cleaning Solutions and Proper Care
Proper contact lens care is essential, as inadequate care can lead to serious eye infections and/or complications. Numerous contact lens solutions and products are available - however, solutions are not created equally, and not every product is right for every type of contact lens. Generic solutions may also not be as comfortable as name brand. Our office recommends the following solutions:
- OPTI-FREE PureMoist® (Multi-purpose solution for soft contact lenses)
Note: OPTI-FREE® has other products as well, including OPTI-FREE Express® and OPTI-FREE Replenish®.
- Biotrue® (Multi-purpose solution for soft contact lenses)
Biotrue is a great alternative for those who are sensitive to other solutions.
- Clear Care® (Hydrogen Peroxide solution for soft lenses and rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses)
Note: closely follow instructions, as the solution must soak at least six hours in its special contact lens case!
- Boston Simplus® (Multi-purpose solution for rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses)
Note: Boston® has other products as well, including Boston Advance®, which are not multi-purpose solutions but instead come with a separate cleaner.
Whatever contact lens solution you use, make sure that it is compatible with your type of contact lenses!
Following are tips for maintaining healthy habits in proper care of your contact lenses:
- Always follow the prescribed wearing schedule (How long can you wear the contact lenses before discarding? Can you sleep in them, and if so, for how long?). Failure to comply puts your eyes at risk of serious complications.
- Thoroughly wash your hands with a non-moisturizing soap and dry before handling your contact lenses. Our hands are the dirtiest parts of our body! Think of everything that they touch and everything that you don't want transferring to your contact lenses.
- Always follow instructions for cleaning and disinfecting on your bottle of solution.
- Never touch the tip of the solution bottle to any surface, as this can contaminate the solution.
- Never rinse your contact lenses in tap water. Not only can this damage soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses, but water can carry harmful microorganisms that can cause serious eye infections.
- After putting in your contact lenses, discard the solution in your case. Don't top off the case with solution; always fill it with fresh solution before taking out your lenses. Think of the solution as "dirty bath water" for your contact lenses - you wouldn't take a bath in the same water, so why would you let your contact lenses do the same in their solution?
- After each use, cases should be rinsed with either hot water or multipurpose solution and either air dried or dried with a lint-free towel.
- Discard your contact lens case once a month.