Contact Lens Solutions

Many contact lens solutions, like those listed below, are labeled multi-purpose because they're useful for storing, cleaning, and rinsing lenses—as opposed to saline solutions, which are only meant to clear away calcium and debris. If you're experiencing dry or itchy eyes, check out artificial tears and ophthalmic lubricants.

Product Name Percent of Pharmacists' Votes
OPTI-FREE Replenish Multi-Purpose Solution 57.0%
renu multi-purpose solution 20.0%
COMPLETE Multi-Purpose Solution Easy Rub Formula 12.0%
Clear Care Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution 9.0%
Other 1.0%

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Contact Lens Saline Solutions

Consider rinsing your contacts in a saline solution, which clears away calcium and debris before insertion. For optimal eye health, use saline solution after cleaning contacts in a contact lens solution, which is best for disinfecting and storing lenses. If your eyes are dry and itchy, check out artificial tears and ophthalmic lubricants. If you have allergies, see ophthalmic decongestants/ antihistamines and oral antihistamines.

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