Simple saline for RGP?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Charles, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. Charles

    Charles Guest

    I'm looking for something to splash in my eyes before removing my RGP
    lenses at night. I don't want any fancy ingredients, just to make sure
    they are "unstuck" since they tend to be a little dry at the end of the
    day. I thought some kind of soft contact solution might work, but they
    all seem to have extra ingredients that I don't understand. Can one of
    the docs recommend a product that would work for this purpose and not
    harm my contacts?


    Charles, Sep 9, 2007
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    Neil Brooks Guest

    I'm not an eyecare professional, but would heartily recommend using
    PRESERVATIVE-FREE saline solution, kept in the refrigerator.

    I wear scleral lenses (RGP material) and FLOOD them (20+ drops per
    side) before removal for just this reason.

    No reason to use the preserved kind. Just keep the PF kind in the

    Neil Brooks, Sep 9, 2007
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  3. Charles

    Dr Judy Guest

    Any soft lens saline will do. Or you could use any rigid or soft
    contact lens lubricating or rewetting drop, labelled for use in eye
    with lenses in. Ask your lens fitter, they will likely have sample
    size bottles for you to try out.

    The "extra" ingredients might be the lubricants, disinfecting agents
    and cleaners found in soft lens storage or multi purpose solutions;
    look for solutions labelled for rinsing only or labelled as soft lens

    Neil suggests using unpreserved saline store in fridge, I would not
    recommend this. First, I don't think you can find it. Second, any
    such saline you do find will be intended to use with heat disinfection
    and may not be safe to use in the eye straight out of the bottle.

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Sep 9, 2007
  4. Charles

    Neil Brooks Guest

    Love ya, Doc, but you're just not right here ... on either count.

    It's available at most drugstores (I buy it quite frequently in many
    parts of the country) and is used, for example, IN (filling) scleral
    lenses that have been extensively tested and FDA approved w/zero ill

    Neil Brooks, Sep 9, 2007
  5. Charles

    Dr Judy Guest

    In a multiuse bottle with no preservatives at all? What is the brand
    name, we don't have it in Canada; the only unpreserved solutions up
    here are packed in unit dose containers and expensive. Or in spray
    cans. Do you mean Unisol 4? It is clearly labelled for use with heat
    disinfection only:

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Sep 10, 2007
  6. Charles

    Neil Brooks Guest

    Unisol is one brand. Some drug stores (eg CVS here) carry their own
    generic brand. Easily found down here.

    Quoting... [emphasis added]

    * Preservative -Free
    * No Nozzles or propellants
    * Same pH as natural tears for superior comfort
    * Easy to squeeze bottles
    * Especially for Sensitive Eyes
    *** For rinsing after cleaning AND for heat disinfection of soft
    (hydrophilic) contact lenses.
    * Discard bottle and contents 30 days after opening.

    This stuff's fine.

    Why put all the rest of the junk in your eyes for the OP's purposes?
    Neil Brooks, Sep 10, 2007
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