New Contact Lens Solution: PeroxiClear10:30 AM
If you wear multiple-wear contact lenses (be they soft contact lenses with a monthly or 2 week disposal, hybrid lenses, or even RGPs), you have probably experienced the significant decrease in lens comfort common as a contact lens reaches the end of its life span. The lens may feel grimy, filmy, and deposited. It may feel dry and brittle along the edges. It may move around more on your eyes, or stick more to your eyes at the end of the day. Luckily, there is still hope for monthly, 2 week, and extended wear contact lenses to have better comfort -- you just need to look at your solution!
Cleaning your contact lenses is a lot more than just dropping them into a container with solution. Over the course of your day, your contact lenses are exposed to airborne debris in your environment, lotions and makeup products like mascara that you use around the eye, eye drops that you are using for redness, dryness, or itching, and your own tear film. That is a lot of exposure for a thin little piece of polymer draped over your eye every day. To achieve maximum comfort and performance, you need to be able to remove all of this debris at the end of the day from your lenses and start fresh the next morning. If you use a multi-purpose solution like Opti-Free or Renu, that is why rubbing your lenses is such an essential step. But if you really want your lenses to feel brand new (or as close as possible without changing to daily disposable lenses), you need something even stronger in your solution regimen.
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Hydrogen peroxide solutions have long been popular for contact lens wearers because they offer the best debris-removing option on the market, and they are 100% preservative free for people with more sensitive eyes. Clear Care has been a mainstay for my office -- I am constantly running our of samples because I recommend it so often. But Clear Care has some new competition in the launch of Bausch and Lomb's PeroxiClear which is now widely available this month on your local store shelves. What are the differences between Clear Care and the newer PeroxiClear? Here's a breakdown of PeroxiClear's main features and upgrades:
PeroxiClear is Faster
Neutralization time is only 4 hours whereas Clear Care has a 6 hour time window. For most patients this shorter time may not be a huge advantage because their lenses are being cleaned overnight, but if you have a job where your schedule shifts from day shift to night shift, or an irregular sleeping schedule, a 4 hour process could have a major advantage.
PeroxiClear has an Extra Moisturizer
Bausch and Lomb included an extra wetting agent in their solution (Polymer 181) that binds moisture to the lens at a higher rate than older generation hydrogen peroxide solutions. Bausch and Lomb's own market study reports that their product strongly out performs Clear Care on the amount of surfactant (moisturizer) found on the lens surface at the end of the day, leading to better all-day lens comfort.
|Color coded case = pure genius. Via|
I love Clear Care, but long ago I found myself baffled by their right and left lens basket design. Why make it so hard to see? The little L in the corner that is beige on beige plastic? That is a recipe for disaster in people that just took their contact lenses out! A genius at Bausch and Lomb decided this was a problem that could be fixed, so they made the right side white so it is really easy to keep your lenses properly separated. Especially in presbyopes or high hyperopes, this design can mean a lot.
Have you tried PeroxiClear yet? Please leave me your thoughts and comments because I would love to hear if you find this product better than other hydrogen peroxide systems on the market!