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Sterile Saline Solution for RGP to Rinse?

This is a discussion on Sterile Saline Solution for RGP to Rinse? within the Gas Permeable Contact Lenses forums; Everything that I've read discourages rinsing your lenses with tap water; however, I am not ...


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Old 02-19-2013, 04:10 PM
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Default Sterile Saline Solution for RGP to Rinse?

Everything that I've read discourages rinsing your lenses with tap water; however, I am not able to find any sterile saline solution specifically made for rgp lenses. All saline solutions say for "soft" contact lenses.

Is it safe to use Unisol Saline Solution even though it states it's for soft lenses?
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:59 PM
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Everything that I've read discourages rinsing your lenses with tap water; however, I am not able to find any sterile saline solution specifically made for rgp lenses. All saline solutions say for "soft" contact lenses.

Is it safe to use Unisol Saline Solution even though it states it's for soft lenses?
Current preservatives in rgp lens care products are sufficiently strong enough to disinfect lenses rinsed with tap water in North America. However after disinfection tap water is not allowed to directly touch rgp lenses.

Example: I use the BL Boston advance care system. The Boston advance cleaner is hyper concentrated and I can't see a basic saline rinse would be enough to rinse all of the cleaner off lenses. Any trace of the cleaner left on lenses totally irritates the eyes. Some it would be necessary to rinse with a steady stream of tap water!
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Current preservatives in rgp lens care products are sufficiently strong enough to disinfect lenses rinsed with tap water in North America. However after disinfection tap water is not allowed to directly touch rgp lenses.

Example: I use the BL Boston advance care system. The Boston advance cleaner is hyper concentrated and I can't see a basic saline rinse would be enough to rinse all of the cleaner off lenses. Any trace of the cleaner left on lenses totally irritates the eyes. Some it would be necessary to rinse with a steady stream of tap water!
Hi again, luvbostonxo2's! Thanks for the reply. All of the cleaning kits require you to at some point rinse with tap water, but I have read numerous things about NOT rinsing with tap water and instead a sterile saline solution. I just wanted to ensure that I could use the Unisol saline solution even though it's for soft lenses. Thanks
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Hi again, luvbostonxo2's! Thanks for the reply. All of the cleaning kits require you to at some point rinse with tap water, but I have read numerous things about NOT rinsing with tap water and instead a sterile saline solution. I just wanted to ensure that I could use the Unisol saline solution even though it's for soft lenses. Thanks
I would recommend following the directions on/in the package.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:13 PM
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Hi again, luvbostonxo2's! Thanks for the reply. All of the cleaning kits require you to at some point rinse with tap water, but I have read numerous things about NOT rinsing with tap water and instead a sterile saline solution. I just wanted to ensure that I could use the Unisol saline solution even though it's for soft lenses. Thanks
Yes it's chemically compatible but Totally not necessary. Tap water rinsing after cleaning is fine with North American water standards. Don't worry. Rgp lens care systems have a sufficient degree of disinfection power to kill all of the water Bourne germs like acanthamoeba.

Basic saline rinsing is not enough to rinse rgp lens cleansers off lenses as they are quite concentrated.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:15 AM
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Yes it's chemically compatible but Totally not necessary. Tap water rinsing after cleaning is fine with North American water standards.
I tried searching for the water purity of my home state of Illinois, but the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) website was too confusing. I searched a little further and found that as of 2009, the purest drinking water in the US comes from Arlington, Texas. In fact, cities in Texas accounted for three of the top ten rated water utilities.
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Yes it's chemically compatible but Totally not necessary. Tap water rinsing after cleaning is fine with North American water standards. Don't worry. Rgp lens care systems have a sufficient degree of disinfection power to kill all of the water Bourne germs like acanthamoeba.

Basic saline rinsing is not enough to rinse rgp lens cleansers off lenses as they are quite concentrated.
I think that I will stick to following all the instructions on my cleaner box, but rinse with saline per all of these websites that adamently state not to rinse with water but instead with saline:

allaboutvision.com/contacts/carergplens.htm

"Rinsing gas permeable contacts should be done only with multi-purpose solution or sterile saline. Never rinse your GP lenses in tap water or moisten them with saliva."

contactlenscare.org/articles/7-steps-on-how-to-clean-rgp-contact-lenses.html

"Use a saline solution to rinse both lenses so as to remove the cleaning solution."

laserlasik.com/eyesurgery/rigidcontacts.html

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I think that I will stick to following all the instructions on my cleaner box, but rinse with saline per all of these websites that adamently state not to rinse with water but instead with saline:

allaboutvision.com/contacts/carergplens.htm

"Rinsing gas permeable contacts should be done only with multi-purpose solution or sterile saline. Never rinse your GP lenses in tap water or moisten them with saliva."

contactlenscare.org/articles/7-steps-on-how-to-clean-rgp-contact-lenses.html

"Use a saline solution to rinse both lenses so as to remove the cleaning solution."

laserlasik.com/eyesurgery/rigidcontacts.html

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Thank you, Chandra. That makes it very clear that cleaning lenses in tap water is a no-no.
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I think that I will stick to following all the instructions on my cleaner box, but rinse with saline per all of these websites that adamently state not to rinse with water but instead with saline:

allaboutvision.com/contacts/carergplens.htm

"Rinsing gas permeable contacts should be done only with multi-purpose solution or sterile saline. Never rinse your GP lenses in tap water or moisten them with saliva."

contactlenscare.org/articles/7-steps-on-how-to-clean-rgp-contact-lenses.html

"Use a saline solution to rinse both lenses so as to remove the cleaning solution."

laserlasik.com/eyesurgery/rigidcontacts.html

Do's and Don'ts
What they fail to say is that rinsing cleaner off rgp lenses is fine, but after overnight or a 6 hr soak lenses are sterile and can be worn directly from soaking solution. At this time yes no tap water rinsing.

The optimum line for rgp lens care requires a saline rinse to remove soaking solution.

But the BL Boston advance line can use tap water to rinse lenses after cleaning. The preservatives in Boston advance is strong enough to kill all pathogens. I was given this information by a Bausch and Lomb chemist.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:42 AM
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What they fail to say is that rinsing cleaner off rgp lenses is fine, but after overnight or a 6 hr soak lenses are sterile and can be worn directly from soaking solution. At this time yes no tap water rinsing.

The optimum line for rgp lens care requires a saline rinse to remove soaking solution.

But the BL Boston advance line can use tap water to rinse lenses after cleaning. The preservatives in Boston advance is strong enough to kill all pathogens. I was given this information by a Bausch and Lomb chemist.
Thanks for the update.
Does anyone else feel a bit nervous about putting something that's "strong enough to kill all pathogens" in their eyes?
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What they fail to say is that rinsing cleaner off rgp lenses is fine, but after overnight or a 6 hr soak lenses are sterile and can be worn directly from soaking solution. At this time yes no tap water rinsing.

The optimum line for rgp lens care requires a saline rinse to remove soaking solution.

But the BL Boston advance line can use tap water to rinse lenses after cleaning. The preservatives in Boston advance is strong enough to kill all pathogens. I was given this information by a Bausch and Lomb chemist.
I was using Boston brand, but switched to Optimum for comfort. Thanks for the info.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:59 PM
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Thanks for the update.
Does anyone else feel a bit nervous about putting something that's "strong enough to kill all pathogens" in their eyes?
Well, you certainly don't want living pathogens in your eyes. What else are you going to do? Ask them politely to leave?
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