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I am new to wearing contact lenses. I've been told there is

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I am new to wearing contact lenses. I've been told there is a trade-off between contact lens solutions that clean well and those that are more gentle on the eye. Is that true, and if so, how does one choose?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 5 years ago.
Doctor DanB :

Hello and thanks for your question. I think there may be some truth to that, although I don't think there's any practical way to know for sure. In general, the hydrogen peroxide-based cleaners tend to clean a bit better, but sometimes can be more irritating to the eyes. On the other hand the multi-purpose solutions (that you can clean with and store the contacts in) tend to be a bit more gentle on the eye, but maybe don't clean quite as well, some people feel. However, I think that the multi-purpose solutions work very well and for most people they are able to get the job done.

Doctor DanB :

I think the most important thing is that they are cleaned every night and stored in a fresh well of solution every night. That's the most important thing to follow to keep them clean and safe. Does that make sense?

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That's helpful - thank you. I've seen solutions marketed as for "sensitive eyes". I thought maybe it meant gentler, but not as good as cleaning. Sounds like there's not so much difference in the solutions, but there's a bigger difference in how often or well you use them?

Doctor DanB :

Yes, I think that's where the biggest difference comes in is how well, often, and when you use them.

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