If you’re new to wearing contact lenses, it helps to know some important information about contact lens solution. This solution is a crucial part of wearing contacts, so you should be able to ensure you are getting an appropriate product for your needs.
Types of Contact Lens Solution
There are two main types of contact lens solution that can be used: hydrogen peroxide-based and multipurpose. Both types of contact lens solution can remove debris and buildup, but they do differ in how they work.
Multipurpose contact lens solutions clean and disinfect contact lenses quickly. They are a popular choice among contact lens wearers because of their convenience and affordability. Although these solutions are sometimes called “no rub” systems, your eye doctor will still likely recommend rubbing your lenses with your fingers for 10 seconds so as to ensure any remaining debris is removed. Different types of multipurpose solutions are used for gas-permeable lenses and soft lenses, so make sure to buy a solution that’s suitable for the lenses you’re using.
Hydrogen peroxide-based contact lens solutions work a little slower than multipurpose solutions. They require more time and attention in order to clean your contacts properly. Preservative-free, hydrogen peroxide solutions are ideal for people who are allergic or sensitive to chemicals. But keep in mind that this type of solution must be neutralized after the contacts are disinfected. If you forget to add the neutralizer (which converts hydrogen peroxide to plain saline), the hydrogen peroxide could harm your eye and cause stinging and burning. Moreover, do not reuse or top off hydrogen peroxide solution after being neutralized. A neutralized hydrogen peroxide solution can no longer disinfect.
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