How to Sterilize Contact Lenses

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You can easily sterilize your contact lenses with either multipurpose solution or disinfecting solution. Learn the difference between the two with the useful tips provided by a certified ophthalmic assistant in this free video on how to sterilize contact lenses.

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Video Transcript

Hi, this is Cristen with Cool Springs Eye Care in Franklin, Tennessee, and I'm going to teach you different methods of disinfecting your soft and hard contact lenses. There are two different main types of solutions that you can use to disinfect your lenses. The type that most people use is a multipurpose solution. This is going to do your disinfecting, your storage, your cleaning and your rinsing all in one solution. Another type of solution is going to be mainly just a disinfecting solution. It doesn't do much as far as making the lens more comfortable for your eye. It has no conditioners in it. Its only purpose is to clean your lens. With the multipurpose solution, really all you need is the one solution. Clear Care is the most common hydrogen peroxide base solution to use for disinfecting your contacts. And it comes with this special case. It's very important to use the case that the Clear Care comes with, with your Clear Care solution. Because it has this special disc right here. The disc reacts with the Clear Care solution to cause a chemical reaction. And over the span of about six hours the solution is neutralized to the point that it's safe to put the lens in your eye. If you use the Clear Care solution in a regular case like this, it's going to burn your eyes when you put it in. So, make sure you always use the special case with your Clear Care solution. And whichever method or solution that you use, always remember to discard your solution when you put your lenses in your eye. You never want to store solution for days at a time, 'cause that can harbor bacteria. And that's how you disinfect your soft and hard contact lenses.


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