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Is it okay to use contact lens solution that has passed the expiration date?

Is it okay to use contact lens solution that has passed the expiration date?

No: It is never a good idea to use expired solutions or medications. They may have lost their effectiveness or could have bacterial or fungal growth. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Contact Lens Use (Definition)

A contact lens is a thin plastic or glass lens that is fitted over the colored part of the eye. It may be used for corrective, cosmetic, or therapeutic purposes. ...Read more


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Can I use old contact lens? I mean ones that have past their expiration date?

Can I use old contact lens? I mean ones that have past their expiration date?

Expired contacts: Do not use contact lenses that have expired. They sit in a solution that has a shelf life. Doing so puts you at risk for problems including infection that can lead to severe vision loss (blindness) or even loss of eye. ...Read more

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Can I use contact lens solution instead of those costly drops for dry eyes?

Can I use contact lens solution instead of those costly drops for dry eyes?

Not recommended: Contact lens solution is not formulated for this purpose. If you want to decrease costs, buy the generic lubricant eye drops. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Burned my eye yest using contact lens solution that is only for a vertical case. Flushed out. Eye still red & bd irritated. How long til it is better?

Burned my eye yest using contact lens solution that is only for a vertical case. Flushed out. Eye still red & bd irritated. How long til it is better?

Short term: The manufacturers of these products know that frequently users will use the solution in a way that it directly enters the eye (even though the directions oppose this). So they make these solutions weak enough that they will not damage the eyes and in a day or so, your eye should feel normal. ...Read more

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I dropped my contact lens in the sink. Is it still okay to use if I clean it with solution?

Yes: Retrieve the lens and clean it thorougly and unless there was significant contamination in the spot of the sink where the lens fell. Otherwise you should do fine and can wear the lens after cleaning and rinsing. ...Read more

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What is the best contact lens solution to buy?

What is the best contact lens solution to buy?

Focused cleaner: Most contact solutions are multi-purpose with both a cleaner and a moisturizer built in. This was done for convenience and not necessarily best for the eye. I would recommend using a hydrogen peroxide based cleaner (ie, clear care) to clean the contacts and then a saline solution to rinse them off. This will give the maximum cleaning for both bacteria and enzymes. ...Read more

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How often can I have to change my contact lens solution?

How often can I have to change my contact lens solution?

Every time you wear: Refer to the youtube contact lens care video for proper handling and care for your contact lenses. Always use fresh contact lens solution every time you wear and clean/store your lenses. Never reuse your contact case solution once you've taken your contacts out to wear. Discard, and rinse your case and let air dry. When you are ready to take out your lenses, follow the video instruction. ...Read more

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How long would a bottle of contact lens solution last for two?

Varies: This depends entirely upon your usage pattern. Do you rinse the lens once? Twice? Three times per insertion. Do you take out your lenses daily? Weekly? Monthly? Are you liberal with use of the solution or use it sparingly? And how big is the bottle your are using? All of these must be factored in to determine the length of time a bottle will last. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me which is the top contact lens solution?

It depends: Chuck,

the best contact lens solution depends on the kind of contacts you wear and whether you have ocular allergies. Your local ophthalmologist can help you find the best solution which could work for you. ...Read more

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When should I change the cleaning solution in the contact lens case?

Daily: For chemical disinfection - the solution should be changed daily and the case allowed to dry. For hydrogen peroxide systems, the lenses can sit safely unopened in the case for about a week. Longer than that repeat the sterilization cycle. ...Read more

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How long will a used contact lens still function if kept in a solution?

It depends: If kept in clean contact lens solution that is changed daily, used contact lenses should last a while. At least till the printed expiration date. ...Read more

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How often do I have to switch my contact solution from my contact lens case?

Clean the case: Contact lens cases are commonly neglected in those who otherwise care excellently for their contact lenses. The case should be cleaned thoroughly, using soap and water and allowed to dry completely at least once per week. Some recommend boiling the case or ethyl alcohol but this must be thoroughly removed before the case is used. Some replace each 3 months. ...Read more

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What is the top/most moisturizing contact lens solution?

The best solution: For contacts is to use a peroxide based cleaning system such as clear care and to rinse the contacts with saline solution (such as sensitive eyes) with insertion. ...Read more

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Any homemade contact lens solutions? Or is that just a horrible idea

Horrible idea: Not recommended at all. Solution is not sterile and can cause multiple types of infections. ...Read more

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Is contact lens solution a type of disinfectant? Please advise!

Is contact lens solution a type of disinfectant? Please advise!

Some are: Disinfectants. The label will usually indicate this. Hydrogen peroxide and multipurpose (clean, disinfect and store) contact lens solutions are all disinfectants. Saline solution does not kill germs; so you should use a separate disinfectant with this. ...Read more

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Should I get contact lens solutions with thimerasol?

Not necessarily: Thimerasol is preservative used in some contact lens solutions. It can actually cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. There are also many other effective solutions available without thimerasol. Really any commercially available solution should be effective. The best advice is proper eye and contact lens care. Clean and replace contacts as directed. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a dried up contact lens after putting it back in the contact lens solution?

Is it safe to use a dried up contact lens after putting it back in the contact lens solution?

No: You should dispose of a dessicated soft lens and use a new one. The often do not rehydrate well and cause blurred vision and discomfort. Plus, the lens may be contaminated. ...Read more

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Are store brand contact lens solution harmful compared to the well known brands such as bausch and lomb.

Store brand: Store brand contact lens solutions are just not as good at removing debris and protein from the contact lenses. I have seen more people develope red eyes and contact lenses intolerance while using store brand solution. These solutions will not permanently damage you eyes but are just not as good as bran name solutions. I prefer a solution called revitalens. ...Read more

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My contact lens case fell in water is it still safe to use? I was told to only clean the case with solution.

My contact lens case fell in water is it still safe to use? I was told to only clean the case with solution.

See below :: If it's that hard plastic case, it can be sterilized by boiling it in water for a few minutes. Stay nearby in order to not forget it on the stove. ...Read more

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Products needed for new contact lens user? I'm going to be getting "clear care cleaning & disinfection solution", I have the cases, what else do I need?

All Set: Clearcare contains a daily cleaner in the peroxide solution, and it comes with the special case for storing the lenses which neutralizes the peroxide overnight. Just read the directions carefully. You may also wish to get saline solution to rinse off the lenses after disinfection before you insert them, but this is not required. Do not rinse lenses directly with clearcare before insertion! ...Read more

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Is it safe to soak my contact lens using a contact lens lubricant instead of a contact lens solution?

Is it safe to soak my contact lens using a contact lens lubricant instead of a contact lens solution?

Not really: The contact lens solution should contain some chemicals to kill bacteria and fungus, otherwise you will be growing these organisms on your contact lenses at night. You do not want to have a corneal ulcer. ...Read more

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Can docs please explain are contact lens solution better without thimerosal?

Mostly: Thimerosol is long obsolete as a preservative for eye preparations. It was quite effective but had a degree of allergy and toxicity not found with current preservatives, so it has been totally replaced in the first world. ...Read more

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What is the best contact lens solution to use for sensitive eyes?

Clear care: Try different ones, but I think this one is best since the hydrogen peroxide system removes deposits and there are no preservatives once it is neutralized. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use multipurpose contact lens solution to moisturize my eyes?

Not exactly: While there are certainly worse things to put in your eyes, the multipurpose contact lens solution is not chemically designed to use as a lubricant for the eyes. The pH and overall chemical composition was designed for the disinfecting of contact lenses; while in very small quantities, it won't harm the eyes, to use them regularly and in larger quantities will irritate the eyes significantly. ...Read more

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I switched my contact lens solution from bio true to opti free and now my eyes are really red. Have I created a problem? I will switch back.

Nope: You answered your own question. Very common to have allergic reactions to new contact lens products. Go back to the old solution or else switch to a daily disposable lens that requires no solutions, which is kind of nice. ...Read more

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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.

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.

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. ...Read more

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Can you use contact lens disinfecting solution as eye drops?

Can you use contact lens disinfecting solution as eye drops?

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. ...Read more

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What is the best contact lens solution and eye drops for dry eyes?

What is the best contact lens solution and eye drops for dry eyes?

Peroxide-based: Peroxide-based cleaners, such as clear care, are the best for this.

For artificial tears, get the ones that state they are for use with contact lenses. ...Read more

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Got shampoo in my eye and took the contact lens out. Put it in solution and back in my eye. Two days later, my eye is red and feels bruised. Problem?

C.L.O.W.S.: Contact lens over-wear syndrome is the generic term for a number of conditions, including sterile limbal infiltrates, limbus neovascularization and even upper lid problems such as giant papillary conjunctivitis. Take out your contacts, wear glasses instead, and see your eye doctor for an urgent care evaluation. Decrease your wearing time and/or switch to rigid gas permeable lenses. ...Read more

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Most effective solution for rgp/hard contact lenses?

I prefer: The traditional two bottle boston product. This has a good cleaning solution and separate insertion and storage solution. ...Read more

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What can you do to wear contact lenses after clear care solution?

Follow directions: The directions for clear care can be found with the packaging and online. It is very important to use clear care correctly because not doing so may result in your putting peroxide directly into your eye. That hurts! ...Read more

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Should I be using different solutions for cleaning and soaking contact lenses?

Should I be using different solutions for cleaning and soaking contact lenses?

Yes, but: Most contact lens solutions are multi-purpose meaning that you clean, store and disinfect the lenses with the same solution. There other systems such as peroxide systems which use peroxide to clean and disinfect. With these you can use saline to rinse and insert the lenses. ...Read more

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Am I right that it's no issue to switch contact lenses solution to a different one?

Yes: Just make sure you are using one for your particular type of contact lens. If you are using soft contact lenses, make sure the solution is a multi-purpose solution, that is, one that cleans, disinfects and stores the contacts. ...Read more