Lens Care FAQs
- Where can I purchase CIBA VISION® lens care solutions?
- Can I switch from my current lens care solution to a CIBA VISION® lens care system?
- Do you offer any coupons on your lens care products?
- What is the difference between multi-purpose solutions (MPS) and peroxide-based solutions? Which one should I use?
Where can I purchase CIBA VISION® lens care solutions?
CIBA VISION® lens care products are available through most major retailers, pharmacies, drug stores, optical chains, your eye care professional and supermarkets. If you are unable to locate a specific CIBA VISION® product, please ask your pharmacist or retailer to order the products you use.
Can I switch from my current lens care solution to a CIBA VISION® lens care system?
CIBA VISION® lens care systems are cleared for use with all types of soft (hydrophilic) contact lenses. Some systems are designed for use with hard lenses (RGP). Before switching, we recommend asking your eye care professional for his or her determination of which system would be best suited for your eyes, lenses, and your particular needs.
Do you offer any coupons on your lens care products?
We realize coupons offer savings for our consumers. Many times CIBA VISION® provides rebates and promotions. At other times, coupons for CIBA VISION® lens care products can be found in the packages themselves for savings on future purchases.
What is the difference between multi-purpose solutions (MPS) and peroxide-based solutions? Which one should I use?
In deciding what kind of lens care product to use, the first step is to talk with your eye care professional. Multi-purpose solutions are one-bottle solutions that can be used to clean, disinfect, store and rinse your lenses. Peroxide-based formulas offer excellent cleaning and disinfecting effectiveness and can be used for storage, but unlike a multi-purpose solution, you cannot rinse lenses with a peroxide-based formula prior to insertion onto the eye since the solution must first be neutralized.
Peroxide-based formulas, such as Clear Care® Cleaning and Disinfecting solution, are considered to be the gold standard in lens care products. Clear Care® solution offers excellent antimicrobial and cleaning efficacy, comfort and ease of use, and is an ideal choice for soft and RGP contact lens patients. In addition, Clear Care® solution has advanced the standard peroxide-based solution by eliminating the need for a separate cleaning step for soft lenses.
Clear Care® solution offers the traditional cleaning and disinfecting ability of peroxide, with the convenience of one bottle. In a study comparing Clear Care® cleaning and disinfecting solution to the leading multi-purpose solutions*, silicone hydrogel lens wearers gave Clear Care® solution superior ratings for comfort1. Since hydrogen peroxide is its own preservative, Clear Care® solution does not contain the added preservatives found in multi-purpose solutions. The solution is neutralized to a sterile, buffered saline and therefore no preservatives enter the eye.
Another choice for lens care products are multi-purpose solutions (MPS), such as SOLO-care AQUA® (AQuify®) Multipurpose Solution. These one-bottle solutions can be used to clean, disinfect, store and rinse your contact lenses. MPS offer an easy way to clean and disinfect contact lenses, and are perfect for those who value convenience. In addition, some MPS may include ingredients intended to address contact lens-related dryness or discomfort. For example, SOLO-care AQUA® (AQuify®) Multipurpose Solution MPS features a unique formulation that includes Dexpant-5 (an ingredient found in dry eye products) and Sorbitol (a natural ingredient that attracts moisture) that together lock in moisture and help keep lenses from drying out1. As a result, lenses stay moist and comfortable around the clock.
* compared to OPTI-FREE® RepleniSH®, OPTI-FREE® EXPRESS®, Complete® MoisturePLUS™, and ReNu MultiPlus® compared as a group.
1. Amos C. Comparing lens care systems for silicone hydrogel contact lenses. Contact Lens Spectrum. 2007; 22(12):40-43.