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A 19-year-old female asked:

Can i use eye drops as contact solution? i ran out of my contact solution. my eye drops can be used for contact lens wearers.

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nayana Trivedi
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
No: You can wear Glasses for a day and get proper Contact solution. The eye drop could be for various reasons and most commonly for Infection which has different purpose and PH and chemicals. As a rule you should remember to use proper medicine for proper condition. Just like Salt and Sugar are used appropriate places even if they appear similar at first glance!
Dr. Warren Wolfe
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Need more info: Consult with your pharmacist. Some prescription eye drops cannot be used with contact lens and some can. He/she is the best person to advise you.
Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 29 years experience
No: No. You need disinfecting solution.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Not the same: Replenish your contact solution, as this contains all the necessay ingredients to clean, disinfect & store your contacts. In a pinch(because you have run out of your solution) you can place your contacts in the case with the contact lens friendly drops to keep them moist. Go & purchase solution then rinse, clean & store to disinfect. Wear glasses in the mean time. Put the contacts in the next day.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
No: you can get lens solution at any drugstore.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Does it work to use contact lens solution as eye drops?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Not recommended: Most contact lens solutions contain harsh chemicals to kill germs. These are not good for your eyes. Instead use contact lens rewetting drops which are available over the counter.

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