Types of Solutions
Contact Lens Solutions
Contact lens solutions are essential for keeping contact lenses clean and disinfected in order to provide optimal performance and, in the case of soft lenses, to keep them hydrated. Explore our range of lens solutions. You'll be sure to find everything from multi-purpose contact lens solution to rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact solution suitable for hard lenses.
What are contact lens solutions?
Contact lens solutions are formulas designed to keep your contact lenses clean and comfortable, contributing to good eye health. All monthly, two weekly, yearly and RGP contact lenses require cleaning and storing in a contact lens case with solution overnight. Contact lens solutions are designed to disinfect and clean your lenses to ensure they are free from bacteria and debris. They are an essential part of a lens care routine and will provide you with optimal hygiene and a safe lens-wearing experience. There are different types of contact lens solutions to suit the different types of lenses.
We stock a wide selection of affordable contact lens solutions that will suit your needs.
Benefits of using contact lens solutions
Contact lens cleaning solutions have numerous benefits and are an important part of a lens care routine for monthly and two weekly lenses. One of the main functions of contact lens solutions is to disinfect lenses. The disinfectant in the solution removes germs, bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms that can cause infection. You can also use multi-purpose solutions to clean or re-wet your lenses during the day. Here are some more benefits of using a contact lens solution:
- Prevents harmful bacteria from building up on the lens
- Guarantees lenses stay correctly shaped
- Ensures clear vision
- Keeps eyes safe from infections when wearing contact lenses
- Maintains eye moisture and natural tear proteins
- Ensures optimal hygiene by cleaning and disinfecting contact lenses
- Maintains a comfortable lens wear experience
Our most popular lens solutions
Our most popular eye contact solutions are listed below:
This multi-purpose solution is popular due to its carefully formulated solution, which contains a natural lubricant called hyaluronate. Hyaluronate leaves your contact lenses moisturised to ensure clear and comfortable vision all day. It also protects your eyes from irritation often triggered by dirt, debris, and dry eyes.
Our Biotrue Multi-Purpose Solution Twin Pack dissolves protein and cleans, loosens and removes accumulations of film, debris and deposits from soft contact lenses. Biotrue Multi-Purpose Solution helps prevent the formation of irritating deposits on the lens surface. It kills harmful microorganisms on the lens. While your lens is soaking, the formula envelops the lens in a moisture-rich cushion to help the lens remain comfortable throughout the day.
Total Care Disinfecting, Storing and Wetting Solution is compatible with gas permeable and hard contact lenses, with a gentle formula suitable for sensitive eyes. Comfort and quality are maintained by this rigid gas permeable solution, which is part of the Total Care lens cleaning system. Total Care Disinfecting, Storing and Wetting Solution by AMO works at its very best when used alongside the corresponding daily cleaner.
Popular for its versatility and unique formula for sensitive eyes, the Lens Plus Solution Value Pack is a saline solution, suitable for use with soft or rigid gas permeable, monthlies or two weekly lenses. It is ideal for those who frequently experience dry and gritty eyes due to its formula that balances your natural tears. This saline solution removes impurities for comfortable wear, is gentle on sensitive eyes and can be used for rinsing/storing your contact lenses. This product is compatible with protein remover tablets and lasts up to 2 months.
This popular multi-purpose solution features TearGlyde technology to rehydrate your contact lenses by adding a layer of moisture to the surface. Coupled with a gentle HydraGlyde Moisture Matrix formula, this solution is also popular due to its compatibility with sensitive eyes. It also provides convenience as it requires no separate enzyme cleaner to clean your lenses.
With its hypoallergenic, 'no rub' formula, EasySept Solution is among our most popular lens solutions. It is excellent for sensitive eyes and perfectly suited for those that suffer from allergies triggered by some of the substances used in other contact lens solutions. This easy one-step system disinfects, removes proteins and stores your lenses. When the solution is added to the special lens case, the neutralising catalytic disc causes a distinctive fizzing action to remove micro-organisms. It is also available in smaller packs as EasySept one month supply.
Types of contact lens solution
Multi-purpose solution is an all-in-one care system used to clean, rinse, disinfect, and store soft contact lenses. This solution is the most commonly used care system among soft contact lens wearers. Compatible with every soft contact lens, including lenses made from silicone hydrogel, multi-purpose solutions are a highly convenient choice when it comes to cleaning, disinfecting, storing and rinsing your contact lenses.
You can rely on one bottle of multi-purpose solution to look after your monthly or two weekly contact lenses, eliminating the need to splash out on multiple products. Some of our most popular multi-purpose solutions include ReNu Multi-Purpose Solution, Complete RevitaLens and comfi All-in-One Solution.
Saline solutions and contact lens cleaners should be used in conjunction with each other to help you maintain an effective contact lens cleaning routine.
Contact lens cleaners achieve a thorough clean and disinfection of your contact lenses, removing dirt, protein or lipid build-up from your lenses. Try Oté Clean from Oté Optics, the perfect deep clean solution for sensitive eyes with minimal irritation. Saline solutions are used for rinsing and storing your lenses, leaving them feeling fresh and comfortable to wear. Saline solutions are also important at this stage to ensure the lenses are free from any remaining cleaner or disinfecting solution after being disinfected. Our most popular saline solutions include Lens Plus and Sensitive Eyes Plus.
Hydrogen peroxide solutions will thoroughly clean and disinfect your contact lenses. A preservative-free formula makes hydrogen peroxide solution suitable for sensitive eyes.
You can even use them to store contacts; however, the lenses then require neutralisation before they’re suitable for wear. Some hydrogen peroxide solution holders contain a built-in neutraliser; these special lens cases are supplied with the solution.
Hydrogen peroxide-based systems clean, disinfect, and store contact lenses. An eye care provider may prescribe this care system if you have an allergy to ingredients in multi-purpose solution that causes redness or irritation. An alternative choice is to use a two-step cleaning solution, meaning you’ll need to add a neutralising tablet to the solution and lens after disinfection.
Rigid gas permeable (RPG) and hard contact lenses are different to soft contact lenses in that they typically don’t contain water and offer a thicker, yet breathable structure.
As a result, RGP lenses require a different type of contact lens solution than soft contact lenses to ensure they’re hygienic, hydrated and safe to wear each day.
Which contact lens solution is the best?
This will entirely depend on what you require for your contact lenses and your desired maintenance routine. A multi-purpose solution or hydrogen peroxide solution would be ideal for storing soft lenses every evening after a day's wear. Hydrogen peroxide and RGP solutions are better for a deep clean or a specific type of lens. Contact lens cleaners can also be an excellent part of your routine as a first cleaning step before using your regular solution. If you find your lenses are getting cloudy because you can’t remove lipids and deposits, a contact lens cleaner used before your solution will give your lenses a more thorough clean.
We stock a huge selection of contact lens liquids, including multi-purpose solutions, saline solutions, contact lens cleaners, hydrogen peroxide solutions and rigid gas permeable contact lens solutions. It's important to use the solution recommended to you by your eye care practitioner and follow their instructions carefully.
If you need any help choosing which solution you’ll need to look after your contact lenses, please go through our helpful guide on buying contact lens solution.
If you’d rather contact us directly, phone us on 0800 458 2090 or get in touch with our customer service team today.
What happens when you use water instead of a contact solution?
You should never let your contact lenses come into contact with water. Water will leave your lenses dirty as there is no cleaning agent. Water can also cause potential eye infections, which, at worst, can lead to vision loss or blindness. For more information on why water should be kept away from your lenses, read about it in our Eye Care Hub.
What is contact lens solution made of?
Contact lens solution will contain ingredients to clean the lenses and leave them moisturised for a comfortable and healthy lens-wearing experience.
How long can contacts go without solution?
You cannot leave your contact lenses out of solution. Solution cleanses and hydrates your lenses while out of use. Without solution, your lenses would not be clean and will become hard or brittle.
How long does contact lens solution last?
Contact lens solution can last anywhere from 30 to 90 days, depending on the brand and type of solution.
Can I use any contact lens solution?
You need to use the correct solution for the type of contact lenses you wear. For more information on which contact lens solution you should use, please visit our Eye Care Hub.