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Choosing a solution for your contact lenses

Choosing a contact lens solution is important because different solutions react to your eye and the material of your contact lenses. The following is a list of solution types and their pros and cons:

Multipurpose solutions

These are contact lens solutions that can clean, rinse and store your contact lenses. After using your lenses, you need to rinse them and rub them down before storing them. Multipurpose solutions do all of these steps in one.

Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) solutions

This is a great choice if you wear contact lenses and are allergic or sensitive to most solutions. You can use hydrogen peroxide solutions to rise and store your contact lenses. You however must neutralize the lenses first in a neutralizing case before you wear them. If you skip this step and put your contact lenses into your eyes without neutralizing them, it will hurt your eyes and cause serious burns to your cornea. You need to make sure that the neutralization disc is changed after a while as its potency reduces with continuous usage. Sterilizing your contact lenses with hydrogen peroxide solution, requires you to soak them for about 6 hours.

Saline solutions

This does everything that a multipurpose solution does but with the added benefit of allowing you to store your lenses for as long as 30 days. Saline solution is sterile and can be used with other types of contact lens solutions. Saline solution helps to remove dirt, destroy bacteria and store your contact lenses. Once you have disinfected your contact lenses, you can then use another solution to rinse and clean. Saline solution is basically pH-balanced water with some salt which is best suited as a cleaning solution and storage. Note that you can use a saline solution for disinfecting your contact lenses, but it is not a viable replacement for a proper disinfectant.

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