How to clean contact lenses correctly
Contact lens solution is a very important part of contact lens wear. It helps
lenses to remain wet and comfortable and it removes bacteria, microorganisms and
What to avoid and how to use the solution
- Do not touch the tip of the opened container to any surface (it may lead to
- For the same reason always close the bottle firmly.
- Use the solution within the indicated period of time after opening.
- Rinse the disinfection case and let it dry. Never reuse the lens
- Do not transfer contact lens solutions into smaller travel size containers
(due to the risk of contamination).
- Do not use any contact lens solution that has gone beyond the expiration or
discard date, nor if it was exposed to extreme temperatures because its
disinfecting ability is reduced.
Main types of contact lens solutions
1) Hydrogen peroxide-based lens care systems
These solutions usually contain 3 percent of hydrogen peroxide. Their action
is triggered either by a tablet or by a disc at the bottom of the lens case.
Hydrogen peroxide-based cleaning is undoubtedly the most effective and
healthiest way of contact lens cleaning. It is even efficient against amoebas.
2) Chemical contact lens care systems
This group includes all non-peroxide solutions available on the market (see
Contact lens solutions section). Some have a “NO RUB” indication. We would
like to express disagreement with disinfecting the contact lenses without
rubbing. In an effort to make the contact lens care as attractive as possible,
many manufacturers began recommending this cleaning method. However, compared
with the traditional method, the cleaning, deposit removal as well as
disinfection results are incomparably worse without rubbing. The best way is to
remove the lens, put a few drops of solution on it and then rub it between your
fingers (thumb and index finger) or put it in your palm and rub it with the tip
of your finger from side to side or using circular motion.