Contact Lens Cleaner not available anymore

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by callimico66, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. callimico66

    callimico66 Guest

    I'm finding it harder and harder to find any CL cleaners in stores. I
    used to use MiraFlow. Bought some Pliagel when I couldn't get M
    anymore--now can't find Pliagel. What's going on? Besides the "lack of
    sales" answer? I REALLY need to use cleaner.

    I wear Extreme H2O. Hioxifilcon A, silhydrogel. Any recommendations for
    a cleaner for this type of lens?

    Thanks
     
    callimico66, Jun 11, 2006
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  2. callimico66

    CatmanX Guest

    Extreme H2O is not a silicone hydrogel for starters. It is roughly the
    same as proclear compatibles, a standard hydrogel.

    Any cleaner will do. Polyclens, miraflow, V&L daily cleaner.

    dr grant
     
    CatmanX, Jun 11, 2006
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  3. callimico66

    Bucky Guest

    Probably not going to get your hands on miraflow for a while. "CIBA
    Vision is working to increase available supply of the lens care
    products most in demand by consumers. Because of this, we are not
    currently shipping MiraFlow." Basically, they're going to focus on
    ClearCare and forget about Miraflow for a while.
    http://www.us.cibavision.com/lens_care/other_products.shtml

    What other kind of cleaners are there (not multi-purpose solution)?
    I've seen Alcon Opti-Clean II, but I have no idea what that's like.
    Also Alcon Opti-Free daily cleaner.
     
    Bucky, Jun 30, 2006
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  4. The reason why it is hard to find soft lens cleaners is that they are
    obsolete. You can use Renu Multipurpose or Alcon Optifree Replenish or
    Aquify right out of the bottle like a cleaner. There is a mild
    surfactant cleaner in those soaking solutions, and it is the rubbing
    action itself that breaks up the deposits. To give you an idea of how
    much it is the rubbing that cleans the contact and not the "juice" you
    should read the box on the Aquify solution as an example. If you
    simply drop the lens in this "no rub" solution the lenses are
    disinfected in 4 hours. If you rub the lenses and then soak them, they
    are disinfected in 5 minutes. Its the same solution!
     
    doctor_my_eye, Jun 30, 2006
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  5. callimico66

    callimico66 Guest

    Well, maybe to some people the cleaners are obsolete. But to me, the
    alcohol cleaners do a better job than no-rub solutions. I also use
    Restasis, which is a bit oily, and even though I wait at least a half
    hour before inserting my lenses, I think they pick up that oil, and so
    the alcohol does the best job of removing it.
     
    callimico66, Jul 5, 2006
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  6. callimico66

    1978fx Guest

    I agree - the planned obsolescence of these cleaners, that have been
    working well for people for decades, ticks me off. They're going away
    because SOME people (okay, MANY) are moving to disposable lenses. But,
    in the interest of my own personal finance, I strongly prefer ANNUALLY
    replaceable lenses. With the help of pork-based enzymatic cleaners and
    AOSEPT, I've been able to replace my lenses only annually for DECADES.
    Buying disposable lenses for the convenience of not having to clean
    them (and I only clean WEEKLY, so it's really not a hassle!) is NOT a
    good financial decision, for me.

    But, because of the mindset of the masses, I'm being forced in that
    direction. Contrary to everyone's assurances, it doesn't look like
    Aosept and pork-based enzymatics (at least not the GENERIC ones) are
    coming back. My doc says why should they continue to produce them when
    everyone's now throwing out their lenses? Great for them -- sucky for
    me.

    Right now, I pay about $40-70/year for lenses, and had been paying
    maybe $50-75 for solutions (enzymatic tabs, aosept, aosept discs and
    saline).

    If anyone has suggestions on INEXPENSIVE disposable lenses, please
    advise. I'm currently wearing Lombart (yes, Lombart) LL55's, with
    great success. I take them out every night, and clean them every week.
     
    1978fx, Jul 19, 2006
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