Generic Contact Lens Saline Solution Comparable to Bausch & Lomb ReNu Multi-Plus No Rub

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by Kevin G., Aug 16, 2007.

  1. Kevin G.

    Kevin G. Guest


    Has anyone found a generic contact lens saline solution that is
    comparable to Bausch & Lomb ReNu Multi-Plus No Rub saline solution? I
    have been trying to find a generic in order to save some $$ as it is
    ridiculous having to pay $7+ for salt water. I've tried Meijer's,
    Kroger's and Wal-Mart's (Equate brand) equivalents, and none seem to
    be exactly the same, but Wal-Mart's comes the closest. I feel a
    little burning with this solution, but it's bearable. It would be
    nice to find something that mimics Bausch & Lomb's solution exactly,
    as that solution provides for a comfortable wearing.

    Any help would be appreciated!

    Kevin G., Aug 16, 2007
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  2. You may not be able to. IIRC, B&L has a patent on including
    potassium chloride in solutions (their "Sensitive Eyes" products).
    A patent makes it illegal for others to mfr potassium solutions
    without B&L agreement (royalties).

    -- Robert
    Robert Redelmeier, Aug 16, 2007
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  3. Kevin G.

    Kevin G. Guest

    Thanks, everyone, for your replies. I guess I either shell out the
    big bucks or I deal with the slight discomfort!

    Kevin G., Aug 16, 2007
  4. Kevin G.

    The Real Bev Guest

    Target and Costco/Kirkland have their own versions. I've used both with no
    problems, but prefer the Kirkland stuff -- it's cheaper.
    It only takes 2 men to tile a bathroom
    if you slice them thinly enough.
    The Real Bev, Aug 17, 2007
  5. Kevin G.

    Bucky Guest

    Renu multi-plus no rub is not a saline solution, it's a multi-purpose
    solution for disinfecting, as well as cleaning/rinsing.
    I would not stay with a brand that caused a burning sensation. You
    could go with some other brands of multi-purpose solution, like Alcon.
    They may be slightly cheaper.
    Bucky, Aug 17, 2007
  6. Kevin G.

    Neil Brooks Guest

    I'm not a doctor, but I'm awfully well-versed in preservative-induced
    ocular surface toxicity.

    I totally agree with Bucky.

    What you're feeling there with that "little burning" is, quite likely,
    cell apoptosis -- the eating away, and killing off of, your corneal
    epithelial cells.

    Most of those cells will regenerate, but ... you'll ALSO be causing a
    disruption and destabilization of your tear film layer that will begin
    to cause symptoms of dry eye.

    Contact lens wear ALONE will often cause that (through mechanical
    irritation). Adding a chemical catalyst to SPEED the process is a
    really bad idea.

    Maybe you ought to consider an AoSept-type solution??
    Neil Brooks, Aug 17, 2007
  7. Kevin G.

    Bucky Guest

    oh, a better solution (no pun intended) is to use multi-purpose for
    cleaning/disinfecting (soaking overnight), but use saline for rinsing
    before putting the contacts into your eyes. The saline may wash off
    the chemicals in the multi-purpose solution that caused the burning.
    And saline is much cheaper (~$2) than multi-purpose. Give that a try.
    Bucky, Aug 18, 2007
  8. Kevin G.

    CatmanX Guest

    No, we don't advise saline unless: it is preserved, or it is aerosol.
    Ordinarily, we don't advocate saline under any circumstances as it is
    contaminated within 2 hours of opening. Stick with Renu as it is
    designed to work properly, not be a cheap copy.

    Kevin, continue to use the cheap crap and send me the photos for my
    collection when they ulcerate. Then you may understand why we don't
    tell people to buy cheap walmart crap.

    your choice.

    dr grant
    CatmanX, Aug 18, 2007
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