How to Clean Contact Lenses with Heavy Deposits

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Do you get a lot of build-up on your contact lenses by the end of the day?  See if these symptoms sound familiar:

  • your lenses feel very uncomfortable as you blink
  • your vision gradually reduces as you go through your day
  • when you take your lenses out at night you see debris or film on the surface of the lens
During allergy season, many people are even more prone to end of day build-up than the rest of the year!  Here's how to combat the problem and get yourself comfortably wearing your lenses again:

1) Check your disposal time
If you know you are prone to overwearing your lenses, build-up is a big red flag that your lenses are past their expiration date.  Check with your doctor or you can look things up online to reaffirm how often you should be throwing away your lenses.  Many of my patients that get depositing in Acuvue lenses find that their issues completely resolve once they begin throwing the lenses away every 2 weeks like the lenses are approved for.
Miraflow is hard to find, so I often recommend the
Walgreens version below.  Both via

2) Change your Cleaning Process
There is a reason that so many contact lens solutions are available on the market -- different people need different options to get the best results from their contact lenses.  There are a number of great cleaning options out there, so here is how to best maximize your results.

  • Add a specific daily cleanser to your regimen
    • Products like Miraflow Extra Strength Daily Cleanser or even the generic Walgreens version are specific cleansers safe to use with soft contact lenses and Synergeyes hybrid contact lenses for removal of deposits.  They are alcohol based, so it is always best to rinse the lenses with a cleanser afterwards.  Just apply a drop to your contact lens in the palm of your hand, and gently rub in a circular motion for 15 or so seconds.   Then you can rinse off with your regular multi-purpose contact lens solution or sterile saline

  • Change to Clearcare for overnight cleaning
  • Anyone who reads this blog has picked up on the fact that I am enamored with Clearcare.  This solution solves so many of patients problems due to the strong overnight cleans you receive with a peroxide based solution.  Just remember to let the lenses sit overnight and never put the solution directly into your eye.  This solution works perfectly with soft contact lenses of all shapes and sizes, and if you are a known depositor I still use it with my Synergeyes patients (though for many patients in Synergeyes Duette the preferred solutions are Aquify or Biotrue).  All other types of Synergeyes lenses (Clearkone, etc) should use Clearcare for best results. 

  • 3) If you are still having issues, it is time to see your doctor
     Sometimes there is a medical condition causing you to get more build-up on your lenses, and without treatment, you may not have complete resolution.  Allergies or the more aggressive GPC (giant papillary conjunctivitis) where your eye basically rejects contact lens wear can cause depositing as a side effect. Treating the eye with anti-histamines or stronger steroid eye drops can help decrease the inflammation to your eye and make lens wear possible again.

    4) Change to Daily Disposables
    While dailies aren't available in every prescription, sometimes it is easiest to just change to a lens that you throw away every day instead of trying several cleansing products nightly to combat lens build-up.  Check with your doctor to see if daily lenses are available for you.

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    1. This is totally me! I can not wait to take my contacts out at night because they get so uncomfortable. The contact solution that I use is just a generic brand so I want to try something better and see if that helps.

      1. A hydrogen peroxide solution like Clearcare or Peroxiclear could make a huge difference! Just follow the directions carefully and make sure your contact lenses are compatible ( all soft lenses would be)