What is the Best Contact Solution to Use?
Aside from deciding what type of contact lenses are best for your eyes, one of the most difficult decisions for contact lens-wearers is choosing the best type of contact solution. Everyone’s eyes are unique and require different care practices, thus, there is no one best contact solution brand. While it’s important to talk to your eye doctor about what solution is best for you, it’s also important to know the benefits and shortcomings of the different kinds of contact lens solution on the market.
Essentially, there are two different kinds of disinfecting solution: Multipurpose and Hydrogen peroxide-based. Both work to disinfect and clean contact lenses, but differ in the number of steps required. “The main difference between multipurpose and Hydrogen peroxide based contact solution is the fact that multipurpose solution cleans and disinfects while Hydrogen-peroxide based solution only disinfects,” explains Dr. Wende, Medical Director for ContactsDirect. “An extra step is required when using a hydrogen peroxide-based solution, in order to remove all traces of hydrogen-peroxide from the lenses.”
Multipurpose contact solution boasts a “no rub” routine, meaning the solution will clean and disinfect your contacts without any rubbing. While this may be true, some rubbing is suggested by most eye doctors in order to ensure that the lenses are fully and properly cleaned. Multipurpose contact solution is relatively inexpensive and is a quick and simple way to clean and disinfect contact lenses. The ease of use and low cost make this solution a go-to for those with contacts.
Hydrogen peroxide-based contact solution requires a little more time and care. For those who are looking for a quick and simple way to clean contacts, this might not be the right solution for you. To use, the contact lenses must be cleaned with a cleaning solution, then disinfected with Hydrogen peroxide. As Hydrogen-peroxide can be harmful to eyes, the solution must be cleansed after disinfection with a saline solution. A saline solution should never be used on its own, as it has no disinfecting abilities, but is necessary in neutralizing the Hydrogen peroxide. “If the saline solution is forgotten and the Hydrogen-peroxide makes contact with eyes,” Dr. Wende explains, “irritation, and possibly eye damage, could be likely.” Neglecting to rinse contacts with the saline solution could expose eyes to potentially dangerous levels of Hydrogen peroxide. On the flip side, depending on the levels of Hydrogen peroxide, the contacts may not be completely disinfected. While not for everyone, this solution is perhaps the best contact solution for sensitive eyes, especially for those who are sensitive to any of the ingredients in multipurpose solutions.
All in all, there really is no one best contact solution. It’s best to consult your eye doctor before selecting a contact solution that’s right for you. Your doctor can help you make an informed decision based on your individual needs.