3 Types of Contact Lens Solution

One of the most important things to remember about contact lenses is that they must be kept clean and disinfected. Microorganisms accumulate on lenses as you wear them, and this can lead to infections and eye problems if they aren’t cleaned properly. Soft lenses also need to be hydrated for comfort. Using a contact lens solution is an easy way to keep lenses clean and free from the risk of infection.

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Good hygiene procedures are very important with contact lenses. Keeping your lens case clean is essential, and many people overlook the risk of infections from this. A lens case should be cleaned with lens solution after each use and refilled with fresh solution before being used for storage.

Contact lens solutions come in a wide range of brands and types. Not all types are compatible with every type of lens, so always check the instructions carefully. Take the advice of your contact lens practitioner if possible, as he will be able to recommend the best solution for the lenses you wear. You may be able to switch to a cheaper brand, but don’t take risks with your eyes to save a little money unless you are sure a solution is compatible.

The main three types of contact lens solution are as follows.

1. Multipurpose solutions.

Multipurpose solutions can be used to disinfect, rinse, clean and store contact lenses. They are also called ‘no-rub’ solutions, as they work without the need to rub the surface to remove lens deposits. Simply soaking lenses in a multipurpose solution removes bacteria and other organisms which can lead to eye problems. Many people suggest that gently rubbing lenses in multipurpose solution provides greater cleaning effectiveness, and it only takes a few seconds if you wish to do this. Multipurpose solutions are cheap, effective and easy to use.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide-Based (HPB) lens solutions.

Although the process is slightly more complex, HPB solutions are still very popular. Users of HPB solutions are prepared to follow the additional steps required to clean their lenses, as they are believed to be more effective. Some specialists also recommend the additional step of cleaning lenses with a separate surfactant cleaning solution before using a HPB solution. Anyone who has experienced eye infection problems may be prepared to spend more time cleaning their lenses for the extra peace of mind.

The most important thing to remember when using a HPB lens care systems is to neutralize the hydrogen peroxide before wearing the lenses, as it’s toxic to the eyes. Forgetting this step can result in painful eye injuries.

3. Moisturizing solutions.

Many people complain that their eyes become dry and itchy when wearing contact lenses, and a moisturizing solution can help with this. Lubricating eye drops can make lenses more comfortable to wear, and a moisturizing solution isn’t the only answer to dryness. Moisturizing solutions are easy to use and work in a similar way to multipurpose solutions, so they are worth trying if they are compatible with your lenses.

Elizabeth Garvey works in a drugstore. She loves to write about fun product tips on consumer blogs.

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