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contact lens solution


is there a contact lens solution that is preservative and chemical free?

POSTED BY A.N. :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 07/11/2007 9:59 AM


Readers, what have you found?

Debra :-)


My sister uses a preservative free solution. I believe it is Bausch and Lomb,and she keeps it in the fridge. Definitely wakes you up in the AM when you insert them! ;D

POSTED BY SUSAN :: COLORADO USA :: 07/20/2007 3:27 PM

I use a product called Clear Conscience. My local health food store carries it. I'd have to check the label to know if it is completely preservative and chemical free, but I do know that it does not contain thimerosol or the most harmful chemicals. It may not contain any, but I'm not near the bottle to check.

POSTED BY TONYA :: TEXAS USA :: 07/20/2007 3:47 PM

On Amazon they listed the ingredients for the Clear Consience contact solution. The ingredients are: Sterile, isotonic solution that contains poloxamer, sodium phosphate buffer, sodium chloride and disodium edetate; preserved with polyhexanide 0.00001%. Does anyone know if these ingredients are non-toxic?

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: For future reference, you can just type each of these ingredients into your favorite search engine and they will come up. That's what I did:
  • poloxamer -- ingredient fact sheet from Tom's of Maine
  • sodium phosphate buffer -- naturally occuring minteral, can cause skin burns, so it must be a very dilute amount
  • sodium chloride (refined salt)
  • disodium edetate -- a drug, HealthDigest fact sheet
  • preserved with polyhexanide 0.00001% -- can trigger anaphylactic reactions
Poloxamer is a petrochemical substance, mixed with some minerals and a new preservative. I wouldn't call this natural. I don't wear contacts, but it looks like it's just some salt solution with preservatives. Does anyone have a mix-it-yourself formula?

POSTED BY NATALIE :: TX USA :: 07/24/2007 6:31 PM

Re: Contact Lens Solution

You might want to try Clear Care by CIBA Vision. “Clear Care is a one-bottle, no rub, hydrogen peroxide-based cleaning and disinfecting solution with none of the added preservatives found in multi-purpose solutions. In fact, after the six hour neutralization process is complete, the lenses will be soaking in a gentle, sterile saline similar to tears.” It works for me and can be found in any drug store. For more information check out CIBA Vision’s web site at

POSTED BY RQ :: MAINE USA :: 07/30/2007 5:37 PM

I have used Dr. Hulda Clark's recipe for years. It consists of boiled, filtered water + a small amount of sea salt, then placed in a sterilized container and refrigerated. I refuse to use any of that garbage and have also been very chemically sensitive.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Many of Dr. Clark's recipes for natural body care products--including contact lens solution--can be found at

POSTED BY GREENGIRL :: CA USA :: 08/01/2007 7:10 AM

I've wondered about making your own. I wore soft lens in the mid-70's when they were first out and made my own solution. Distilled water and a salt tablet. I had a small squeeze bottle that I mixed it in. I also had a little 'boiler' that I'd put more distilled water into, load my contacts into it and press hte little lever on the side to start it. Took about 30 min tops to clean them. Solutions, lextended wear, etc are convenient, but I wish I could go back to that when I move back into contacts. Although I'll probably go with hard or gas permeable ones...astigmatism and I like the sharper vision

POSTED BY SUSAN :: COLORADO USA :: 08/02/2007 10:17 AM

Regarding a home made saline solution for Contact Lenses: I have used, for years this recipe to make a saline.

2 cups of distilled water
1/2 teaspoon of plain salt from grocery, not the Iodized salt but the plain Non Iodized salt.

I cleaned up a plastic bottle to make this stuff in. I mix up the solution in the bottle, and then stick it in my microwave and bring it to a boil for a minute, and use it freely since it costs almost nothing...

This is the recipe for sterile saline given me by my father, who did laboratory work for years before retiring.

It's good for rinsing, but will not sterilize your lenses. I still use a daily cleaner, and a sterile storage solution store bought, but this is great for rinsing lenses, and rinsing the case out between uses.


POSTED BY ROBERTA :: IDAHO USA :: 08/06/2007 3:20 PM

With all these suggestions about making your own saline (salt + water), I'd like to suggest using "The Original" Himalayan Crystal Salt.

Last week I had something in my eye, so I made an eye wash using this salt and water. It was remarkably soothing and refreshing, so much so, I wanted to continue to use the eye wash regularly just to relieve the stress from my eyes from so much computer work. I used 1/2 teaspoon salt in 14 tablespoons (that's 1 cup less 2 tablespoons) lukewarm water

This salt also has some natural healing properties not found in refined salt or sea salt that might help eye health.

Debra :-)



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