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I have been wearing soft contact lenses for 15 years and have had to use a variety of cleaning solutions. I started out using a three step system of rubbing, disinfecting then saline rinsing but was able to change to a one step cleaner after I started using monthly disposable lenses. I began using 'Complete' which is a reputable make and a product supplied by most optician practictioners. I had some problems with 'Complete' in that when I initially put my lenses in the solution around made the lens float around my eye a little which resulted in blurry vision for a few hours. I was then advised to try Renu incase it was a thinner solution and would help solve this problem.
I started out using the Renu Mutli-Purpose Solution and recently have started using this new 'No Rub' formula. I always buy the 240ml bottle which are readily available to buy at my local Asda. Apart from the stores own make contact lens cleaner, this is the cheapest solution available to buy and is approximately £4-5. Expect to pay closer to £10 at a high street chemist chain or £7-8 at an opticians.
The product comes in a box which has an instructional/help leaflet enclosed. This provides clear simple and crucial health advice for customers. I always like to glance over these precautions just incase there is something new - eyesight is too important to take for granted. Also included in the box is a lens case. The lense case supplied is white with two large letters 'R' and 'L' on the screw caps. The bottom of the case is also indented on one side to help you sort out which side to put each lens. I would prefer it if one side of the lens case was coloured, as the case is with the 'Complete' Multi-purpose solution, as I often can not see the letter imprints until I hold them up to my face.
The bottle is sturdy plastic with a screw top opening. This means the bottle is fully transportable and stays secure with no spillage. The dispensing nozzle is small and it is necessary to squeeze to eject any liquid. This is handy as it means no accidental spills when tipping the bottle upside down.
Although this solution promises to clean, rinse, disinfect and store lenses with no need for the messy rubbing stage I was advised by my optician that I should NOT stop rubbing my lenses. I was told that despite the promises of this solution it is still beneficial to make absolutely sure that your lenses are as clean as they can be. I am not saying this product is not effective or that it's 'no rub' claim is a health risk or a con - I am just going off the advice of my optician, whom I trust. How you use this product should be advised by your own eye care professsional.
I do find a high degree of comfort when using this cleaner and perhaps this is due to the fact that it is a strong, effective solution. My eyes feel fresh and clear when I first put my lenses in. This solution is also good for tired or sensitive eyes as the traces of solution on the lenses feels cool, refreshing and gentle.
The solution stays fresh and valid for six months after opening the bottle. Ingredients and directions are printed on the side of the bottle. A weekly cleaning protein remover may be necessary in some cases - consult your optician before use.
I have been wearing Contact Lenses since I was 15 years old. I’m 37 now so that’s 22 years that I’ve been using them. During this time I have gone through many a brand of solutions. I remember the olden days when you had a multitude of different solutions. One for cleaning, one for rinsing and one for storing. Gradually with advancement in this area, “All-In-One” or “Multipurpose” solutions are now available and there is one solution that I would like to point out. It’s the ReNu Multipurpose solution is manufactured by Bausch & Lomb which is a highly reputable company. The bottle is of plastic body and the content is 240ml. This will last for approximately one month if used properly. Three months supply ie. 3 x 240ml will cost you £16.85. This solution can be used for all contact lenses. They do mention that its for soft lenses but one of my friends uses it for his hard lenses, so obviously it is adaptable. It is a very versatile solution and cleans, disinfects, lubricates, rinses and removes deposits of protein aswell as the usual soaking and storage. I started using this brand last year and I must say I have been very pleased with the results. I had changed from soft lenses to disposable lenses last year. The main reason for this was that with the soft lenses, despite regular cleaning (with other brands), after a couple of months the protein was still building up on the lenses and they were starting to turn slightly yellowish in colour. Also the clearness of visibility was reduced. Therefore every two or three months I had to keep on purchasing a brand new pair of soft lenses and they are not cheap. This is what led me to start using Disposable lenses. However I am now back to using the soft ones thanks to this solution. The current pair, that I am wearing now, has lasted me for five months already and I still have very clear visibility
and no itchiness or burning sensations in my eyes. Obviously it has to be the solution since the brand of lenses is identical to what I was using previously. I also prefer using soft lenses, as it is good for the eyes if you remove your lenses every night and re-insert them again the next day. It gives your iris and pupils a bit of oxygen and rest from the constant contact with plastic. For anyone out there who’s not satisfied with his or her present solution I would recommend you to try this one out.
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