Soft contact lens cleaning solutions are an indispensable aid in cleaning and disinfecting soft contact lenses. There are many different types of products on the market, and they can be divided into hydrogen peroxide, iodine, 3-in-1, etc. Depending on the type, the cleaning power and method of use vary. When choosing a soft contact lens cleaning solution, it is important to note whether it is suitable for colored contact lenses and how to clean them.
In this article, we will introduce the principles of selecting a soft contact lens cleaning solution, and categorize it into two key points to explain how to select the right product for you, and finally, we will also provide instructions on how to use it.
Types of contact lens cleaning solutions
Soft contact lens cleaning solutions can be divided into three main categories: peroxide, superior iodine, and 3-in-1. The following will explain the characteristics and precautions of each in order. Understanding the differences between the three types in advance can help you buy the right product for you.
Hydrogen peroxide: strongest cleaning power, only need to soak to remove dirt
It is not only the best cleaning and disinfection solution among the three types, but it is also relatively easy to use, as long as you soak it to remove the dirt attached to your contact lenses, so you don’t have to scrub your contact lenses.
However, it is important to note that if you don’t use a neutralizing solution after cleaning, it may cause eye damage when wearing contact lenses afterward, so please remember to use it together with a neutralizing solution to avoid eye discomfort. In addition, peroxide contact lens cleaning solution is not suitable for colored contact lenses, so it is recommended to choose other cleaning solutions to use with them.
Iodine-based: lowest irritation, highest disinfection effect, but beware of allergies
Compared to peroxide soft contact lens cleaning solution, U-Iodine soft contact lens cleaning solution is less irritating but can effectively break down proteins on contact lenses and also prevent eye-related diseases. Because of its high cleaning and disinfecting power, there is no need to scrub when using U-Iodine soft contact lens cleaner, just soak.
The same neutralizing solution is needed to prevent damage to the eyes. In particular, the iodine contained in U-Iodine soft contact lens cleaner may cause allergies, so care should be taken when using it.
3-in-1: From cleaning to storage
The 3-in-1 soft contact lens cleaner is very popular among soft contact lens users. It has the highest CP value of the three types, as it takes care of everything from cleaning and disinfection to storage in one bottle, and does not require the use of a separate neutralizing solution. It is also the best soft contact lens cleaning solution for beginners because it is very easy to use.
However, its cleaning power is weaker than the other two, so you need to scrub your contact lenses to strengthen the cleaning, and because of this, improper cleaning often happens, so you should not scrub at will because of laziness, and you must clean properly to avoid irreparable damage to your eyes in the future.
Contact lens cleaning solution purchase tips
- If you know how to choose, you may want to prioritize cleaning power or price to determine.
- If you value cleaning power and want to save time, we recommend using a peroxide-type or superior iodine-type soft contact lens cleaner.
- For those who care about price, because they use it every day, the 3-in-1 soft contact lens cleaner is your best choice. Not only is it the cheapest, but you also don’t need to buy a separate neutralizing solution, and you can easily get by with just one bottle.
In the next article, we will introduce the instructions on how to use it, so you can check it out for your reference.
Notes on the use of contact lens cleaning solution
Soft contact lens cleaning solution differs in use depending on the type, so please be sure to follow the correct method of use. In particular, peroxide and iodine-based soft contact lens cleaning solutions may cause eye damage if they are not properly neutralized.
When using the 3-in-1 soft contact lens cleaner, please read the dosage and soak time on the package and rinse carefully. Some people may use tap water to clean, but this may cause bacterial infections that can damage your eyes, so it is recommended that you use a soft contact lens cleaner. It is recommended that you use a soft contact lens cleaning solution to clean your contact lenses. In addition, because the cleaning power of the 3-in-1 soft contact lens cleaning solution is not enough, it is difficult to remove proteins from your contact lenses, so please use it regularly together with a protein remover to enhance the cleaning of your contact lenses.
Can I bring my contact lenses on the plane?
If you are flying on a domestic flight, you can bring your contact lens cleaning solution on board, regardless of the volume of your luggage, after customs inspection. If you want to bring a large volume of cleaning solution, just put it in your checked luggage and make sure it is sealed so that it will not tip over or spill.