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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you use contact lens disinfecting solution as eye drops?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
No: Not recommended. Particularly if it's a red top, hydrogen peroxide disinfecting solution -- never use that which can cause corneal burns.
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
No: Disinfectants are harsh chemicals that are hard on your eyes. Your eyes can tolerate a small amount of these when inserting your contacts. If your eyes are dry, use rewetting drops, preferably the ones that are designated for use with contact lenses.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 35 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.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can contact solution be used as eye drops?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matthew Goren
33 years experience
Meh: Not the greatest idea because of the preservatives that are in it. Best using drops designed for the purpose for which you will use them.
Randallstown, MD
A 20-year-old female asked:

Can I use contact solution as eye drops if i don't have any?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Not advisable: The contact lens solutions vary in component ingredients. Often used are the multipurpose solutions that clean, disinfect, and are used for rinsing & storing. Although not harmful to use in the eye, they do not contain good lubricating quality ingredients.. It's best to use contact lens friendly lubricating eye drops for routine usage in dry eye related conditions.
Last updated Sep 19, 2016


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