No, saline solution is only meant to rinse your contact lenses, not clean and disinfect them. We recommend cleaning and storing your lenses in OPTI-FREE® solution.
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While you might be tempted to use tap water, this is never a good idea as it can contain bacteria and germs harmful to your eyes. We recommend using saline to temporarily store your contact lenses but get them into OPTI-FREE® solution to clean and disinfect them as soon as you can and before you put your contact lenses on your eyes to avoid the risk of infection.
All of our OPTI-FREE® solutions are FDA approved for advanced cleaning and disinfecting. Each brand has unique ingredients that provide different levels of moisture and comfort. For optimal comfort, we recommend OPTI-FREE® Puremoist®. It contains HydraGlyde® Moisture Matrix which provides comfort from morning ‘til night.
OPTI-FREE® Lubricant Eye Drops are meant to temporarily protect against further eye irritation when used before and after lens wear. OPTI-FREE® Rewetting Drops provide moisture to your lenses and are used on your lens while the lens is in your eye.
Always ask your doctor first, because they know what’s best for your eyes. Most likely they will suggest OPTI-FREE® Puremoist®, the #1 doctor recommended solution.
No, OPTI-FREE® solutions continue to have the same proven ingredients. The packaging has been updated, however, to better reflect the optimal usage for your lenses. For example, we now recommend rubbing your lenses when using our solution for a deeper clean.
It is never recommended to use OPTI-FREE® solutions after their expiration date. If you recently purchased a product that is expired, return it to the retailer for an exchange.
Reusing solution or “topping-off” is never recommended because it dilutes the cleaning and disinfecting power. Used solution is not only dirty but may contain harmful bacteria and cause eye infections. Always dump out the solution from your lens case after putting your lenses in your eyes and clean the lens case with a tissue, letting it dry before reuse.
OPTI-FREE® multi-purpose solutions are formulated for cleaning, disinfecting, and rinsing your lenses immediately before putting them in your eyes. To rewet your contact lenses once they’re on your eyes, we recommend using an OPTI-FREE® Rewetting Drop for an additional burst of moisture.
No. OPTI-FREE® solutions are formulated for soft (hydrophilic) lenses only.
Yes, but check with your doctor just to be safe.
OPTI-FREE® products are available nationwide at all major retailers, or order through your computer from any of our product pages.
Technically, TSA permits contact lens solutions to be carried on board a flight. While a large bottle of OPTI-FREE® solution may be permitted by the TSA, we suggest packing a 2oz travel-sized bottle in your carry on bag, since it may be easier going through security. For more information and regulations, visit www.tsa.gov. For more traveling tips, click here.
Maybe. Certain types of soft contact lenses, like AIR OPTIX® Night & Day® AQUA lenses, are approved to be worn while sleeping. However, many lenses are not recommended for sleeping and could actually be unsafe. Read more about the reasons why here.
No. This could cause an eye infection. Learn more here.
No. This can cause an eye infection. Learn more here.
Everyone’s eyes are different and only your doctor can tell you what is right for you.
Soft contact lenses are made of water-absorbing, flexible plastic. OPTI-FREE® products are designed to work with soft contact lenses. Hard lenses, or Rigid Gas Permeable contact lenses, are made of harder plastic.
Yes, but there are certain steps you should follow to ensure your eyes stay safe. Check them out here.
Always talk to your eye doctor first, but using products with extra moisture like OPTI-FREE® Puremoist® and OPTI-FREE® Rewetting Drops can help keep your contacts from drying out. Learn more here.
Unfortunately, there is no substitute for contact lens solution. In a pinch, you can temporarily store your contact lenses in saline solution, but your best option is to go out and buy some more contact lens solution. Luckily, OPTI-FREE® products are available nationwide at all major retailers.