When storing contact lenses at night, strict rules need to be followed. There are various contact lens potions and cleansers on the market, and it is important to understand the purpose of each potion. There are right and wrong ways to store your contacts. Always follow the doctor’s advice on which solution to use, and read the package label carefully before use.

Multi-purpose solution

Most contact lens wearers use this versatile all-in-one contact lens solution because you can use it to clean, rinse, disinfect and store lenses. The contact lens case can also be cleaned with multi-purpose solution. Just wipe and rinse the empty contact lens case with solution, and then put it on a clean paper towel to dry.

Steps to use multi-purpose solution

Remove one contact lens at a time, and then wipe it in the palm of your hand with the solution.
Put the first contact lens in the case and repeat the process with the second lens.
Fill your case with fresh multi-purpose solution so that you can store the lenses overnight.
In the morning, rinse the lens with solution before wear.

Hydrogen peroxide

This cleaning system provides deeper cleaning and is more effective for sensitive eyes. It can be used to clean, disinfect and store lenses. Do not use ordinary contact lens cases. They need a special container included in the kit to neutralize the potion in six to eight hours. Do not use hydrogen peroxide to rinse your contact lenses or put it directly into your eyes because it will burn.

Steps to use hydrogen peroxide

Remove your contact lenses and place them in the special container that came with the kit.
Rinse each lens with solution for 5 seconds.
Fill the neutralization box with fresh solution.
Wait at least 6 hours before removing the lens from the lens box.

Daily Cleaner & Conditioning Solution

This system is designed for rigid gas permeable (RGP) or rigid contact lenses. The daily cleaner removes debris from the contact lens and prepares the lens for disinfection. The conditioning solution then disinfects and preserves the contact lenses so that they can be worn or stored overnight. Keep in mind that many different solutions can be used for RGP or hard contacts. You should discuss with your ophthalmologist which lens care products to use on these contact lenses.

Steps to use daily cleaner and conditioning solutions

Remove one contact lens at a time and wipe both sides of the lens in the palm of your hand with 2 to 4 drops of cleaner for 20 seconds.
Rinse the cleaner with saline solution.
Put the lens in the contact lens case and fill in the conditioning solution.
Soak the lens for at least 4 hours.

Things to avoid when storing contact lenses

Water: Do not let water touch your contact lenses. It is full of bacteria and microorganisms, which can cause eye infections and cannot disinfect lenses.
Saline Solution: This is not suitable for cleaning, disinfecting or storing lenses. Before putting the lens into the eye, the lens can be rinsed with saline solution.
Eye drops: No eye drops of any kind can be used to clean and disinfect contact lenses. Rewetting eye drops are the only acceptable eye drops that can be used directly on contact lenses.

Follow your doctor’s advice to find out which solutions should use for the contact lenses and prescribed you. There is no safe substitute for contact lens solutions. If you cannot get the correct solution for your lens, discard it. Put on the glasses until you can store and clean them properly. If you still cannot store your lenses properly overnight, consider discussing with your doctor about switching to daily disposable contact lenses.