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Old 05-11-2010, 08:59 AM
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Default Miraflow Alternatives

I read that Miraflow contact lens cleaner has been discontinued recently. As a public service, I thought I'd tell my friends at Lens 101 about some other brands of cleaner they might try. Feel free to tell me what you think of these alternatives to Miraflow.

Aosept Disinfectant For Soft contact lenses
Aquify Multi-Purpose Solution
Allergan Complete Blink-N-Clean Lens Drops
CIBA Vision Clear Care
Unizyme Enzymatic Cleaner

Here's where you can find information on these products and more:

http://www.goodguide.com/products/142266-miraflow-extra-strength-daily-cleaner

There's a section about half way down the right-hand column that says "Highly-rated alternatives"
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:48 PM
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Default Miraflow is available again

Drugstore.com is selling Miraflow again. I hope this means they are making it again.
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:12 PM
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Drugstore.com is selling Miraflow again. I hope this means they are making it again.
You're right fdjc. I went to that site and looked up Miraflow. It said "in stock" and I didn't find anything that indicated that supplies were limited.

Then I went to cibavision.com, the makers of Miraflow, and didn't find anything. It was as if Miraflow never existed.

Maybe you should try it: http://www.cibavision.com/index.shtml
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:39 AM
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You're right fdjc. I went to that site and looked up Miraflow. It said "in stock" and I didn't find anything that indicated that supplies were limited.

Then I went to cibavision.com, the makers of Miraflow, and didn't find anything. It was as if Miraflow never existed.

Maybe you should try it: http://www.cibavision.com/index.shtml
Thanks for providing the URL Niner. I went to the site and did a search for MiraFlow and one of the results too me to a page about Aosept disinfecting solution. On that page it said

* Ideal for heavy depositors and patients with preservative sensitivities
* No multi-purpose solution preservatives
* Use of a separate daily cleaner is required. CIBA Vision recommends MiraFlow™ Extra-Strength Daily Cleaner (AOFLOW® in Canada)


Again, nothing on the page like "Get it now while it lasts!"

I also found a website just for Miraflow here: http://www.miraflow.net

Again, no word about discontinuation.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:45 AM
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Default Exact subsitute for MIRAFLOW

Dear Members,
If you have been disappointed by the discontinued product MIRAFLOW by CIBA Vision then check out you nearest CVS Phamacy or online cvs.com for their version (Extra Strength Daily Cleaner) for soft contact lenes. It has the exact same ingredients...purified water, isopropyl alcohol 15.7% w/w, poloxomer 407, amphoteric 10. The bottle size is much larger and sells for less money. I hope this helps you out there, I sure was glad to locate this product for quick easy cleaning of my lenses.
Have a perfect vision day!!!
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:14 PM
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Dear Members,
If you have been disappointed by the discontinued product MIRAFLOW by CIBA Vision then check out you nearest CVS Phamacy or online cvs.com for their version (Extra Strength Daily Cleaner) for soft contact lenes. It has the exact same ingredients...purified water, isopropyl alcohol 15.7% w/w, poloxomer 407, amphoteric 10. The bottle size is much larger and sells for less money. I hope this helps you out there, I sure was glad to locate this product for quick easy cleaning of my lenses.
Have a perfect vision day!!!
That's great NoL8Msg. Thank for the tip.
If you've got a knack for finding replacements for discontinued products, look around this site and see what you can do. If I remember correctly, the Lens 101 community is mourning the loss of Natural Touch color contacts.
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Old 03-07-2011, 02:42 PM
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Drugstore.com is selling Miraflow again. I hope this means they are making it again.
It would be tough for Drugstore.com to sell Miraflow if CIBAVision wasn't making it, right?
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Default Alternative to Mira Flow Daily Cleaner

Walgreens now has their own 'Extra Strength Daily Cleaner', and the contents are identical to Mira Flow. They are probably filling a market gap left by the Mira Flow's discontinuation.
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:22 AM
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Walgreens now has their own 'Extra Strength Daily Cleaner', and the contents are identical to Mira Flow. They are probably filling a market gap left by the Mira Flow's discontinuation.
I checked it out and both of them list purified water, isopropyl alcohol, Poloxamer 407, and Amphotoeric 10 as their ingredients, in that order, although I don't know if they're in the same amounts. It's probably close enough.
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:58 PM
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I checked it out and both of them list purified water, isopropyl alcohol, Poloxamer 407, and Amphotoeric 10 as their ingredients, in that order, although I don't know if they're in the same amounts. It's probably close enough.
If they have the same ingredients and even in the same order, then I think they're the same thing.
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:14 AM
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If they have the same ingredients and even in the same order, then I think they're the same thing.
Yeah, I would agree with that. Same parts = same whole, and since ingredients are typically listed with whatever ingredient the item has the most of first, if they're in the same order, then they're identical for all practical purposes.
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:17 AM
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Re: Miraflow for soft contacts
I had used this very effective product for years and was angry when it was discontinued.
Then CVS picked up the exact formula for its extra strength daily cleaner and it worked fine...until CVS discontinued it. Probably because they did not promote it. Their other daily cleaners are useless.
Now I find that Walgreeens has the exact formula for miraflow...but they do not promote it. If folks don't by it, the company will discontinue it as not profitable.
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P. S. many years ago I used Pliagel...which was also discontinued
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:49 AM
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Re: Miraflow for soft contacts
I had used this very effective product for years and was angry when it was discontinued.
Then CVS picked up the exact formula for its extra strength daily cleaner and it worked fine...until CVS discontinued it. Probably because they did not promote it. Their other daily cleaners are useless.
Now I find that Walgreeens has the exact formula for miraflow...but they do not promote it. If folks don't by it, the company will discontinue it as not profitable.
Johno139
It sounds like your duty is clear, Miraflow fans. Head on over to Walgreen's and stock up.
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Old 09-16-2011, 04:33 PM
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Default While You're Warmed Up

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I read that Miraflow contact lens cleaner has been discontinued recently. As a public service, I thought I'd tell my friends at Lens 101 about some other brands of cleaner they might try. Feel free to tell me what you think of these alternatives to Miraflow.

Aosept Disinfectant For Soft Contact Lenses
Aquify Multi-Purpose Solution
Allergan Complete Blink-N-Clean Lens Drops
CIBA Vision Clear Care
Unizyme Enzymatic Cleaner

Here's where you can find information on these products and more:

http://www.goodguide.com/products/142266-miraflow-extra-strength-daily-cleaner

There's a section about half way down the right-hand column that says "Highly-rated alternatives"
Would you happen to know any alternatives to CSI DW contact lenses?

http://www.lens101.com/csi-dw-locator-tint/126256-csi-dw-discontinued-what-do-i-do.html
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Old 09-20-2011, 04:34 PM
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Would you happen to know any alternatives to CSI DW contact lenses?

http://www.lens101.com/csi-dw-locator-tint/126256-csi-dw-discontinued-what-do-i-do.html
Sorry, Banditcat. I'm not very good at finding lens substitutions.
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:00 PM
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Default An Alternative to CSI DW

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Would you happen to know any alternatives to CSI DW contact lenses?
You probably should have started a new thread since we started out talking about MiraFlow contact lens cleaner, but let's see that we can do.

I found a site called webcontacts.com.au that has a suggestion for two alternatives to CSI DW, and that's Night & Day or O2 Optix. Does that sound good?
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:29 PM
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You probably should have started a new thread since we started out talking about MiraFlow contact lens cleaner, but let's see that we can do.

I found a site called webcontacts.com.au that has a suggestion for two alternatives to CSI DW, and that's Night & Day or O2 Optix. Does that sound good?
Yeah, you're right CaptainKremen. I should have used this question to start a whole new thread. Thanks for the website. Sounds good.
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:34 PM
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Yeah, you're right CaptainKremen. I should have used this question to start a whole new thread. Thanks for the website. Sounds good.
Good, I'm glad I could help out.
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B&L still makes Sensitive Eyes Daily Cleaner. It has a similar formula to Miraflow. but not an exact copy.

However, the function of product is identical to Miraflow: a single-purpose daily cleaner for soft lenses.
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:28 PM
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B&L still makes Sensitive Eyes Daily Cleaner. It has a similar formula to Miraflow. but not an exact copy.

However, the function of product is identical to Miraflow: a single-purpose daily cleaner for soft lenses.
Do you use either one of these products yourself, FScott?
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:32 PM
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B&L still makes Sensitive Eyes Daily Cleaner. It has a similar formula to Miraflow. but not an exact copy.

However, the function of product is identical to Miraflow: a single-purpose daily cleaner for soft lenses.
How did you find this information, FScott? Is there a website that people can use to find substitute lens cleaners?
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:22 PM
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B&L still makes Sensitive Eyes Daily Cleaner. It has a similar formula to Miraflow. but not an exact copy.

However, the function of product is identical to Miraflow: a single-purpose daily cleaner for soft lenses.
Thanks for the Sensitive Eyes information.
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Miraflow was more "heavy duty" then the other cleaners. Think of it as concentrated dish detergent. It did a good job cleaning but it was harder to rinse off your lenses then competing products. Other brands were easier to use. They seemed "watered down" compared to miraflow.

I haven't used the B&L cleaner in years. I don't know if they changed the formula but it wasn't as good as miraflow.
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How did you find this information, FScott? Is there a website that people can use to find substitute lens cleaners?
It is in my local Walmart. This store has no other single-purpose cleaners for soft lenses.

B&L Daily Cleaner

Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, Poloxamine, Sodium Borate, Sodium Chloride, Edetate Disodium (0.5%) (preservative), Sorbic Acid (0.25%) (preservative)

Walgreens Extra Strength Daily Cleaner

Purified Water, Isopropyl Alcohol, Poloxamer 407, Amphotoeric 10


I think the product I used the most was Pliagel.
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It is in my local Walmart. This store has no other single-purpose cleaners for soft lenses.

B&L Daily Cleaner

Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, Poloxamine, Sodium Borate, Sodium Chloride, Edetate Disodium (0.5%) (preservative), Sorbic Acid (0.25%) (preservative)

Walgreens Extra Strength Daily Cleaner

Purified Water, Isopropyl Alcohol, Poloxamer 407, Amphotoeric 10


I think the product I used the most was Pliagel.
I find it interesting that those two products have completely different ingredients.
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I find it interesting that those two products have completely different ingredients.
I think that Poloxamine and Ploxamer 407 are either closely related compounds or the same thing. Probably a surfactant. Cleaning agents.

After Googling.
Ploxamer 407 refers to a specfic nonionic surfactant. Poloxamers are also called by the brand name Pluronics. (The magic cleaning ingredient that makes Clear Care easier to use than AO Sept.) Poloxamine is a whole class of related substances, so that that word doesn't narrow it down to one specific chemical.
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B&L still makes Sensitive Eyes Daily Cleaner. It has a similar formula to Miraflow. but not an exact copy.

However, the function of product is identical to Miraflow: a single-purpose daily cleaner for soft lenses.
Nope miraflow and BL sensitive eyes cleaner are two different cleaners with distinct formulas!

I've never been a fan of miraflow because it was too concentrated for use with high water content lenses and can change parameters! When it was available I always recommended using it with a few drops of saline so it makes thew cleaner a bit easier to tinse off! Any residue of miraflow causes peroxide solutions to foam as well as eye irritation!

A great strong cleaner is SOF/Pro by optimum(soft lens cleaner)! Its strong but rinses easily!

BL sensitive eyes cleaner is a great all around cleaner which is easy to risne and to keep lenses clean! The ingredients of this cleaner maintains hydration of the lens!
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I think that Poloxamine and Ploxamer 407 are either closely related compounds or the same thing. Probably a surfactant. Cleaning agents.

After Googling.
Ploxamer 407 refers to a specfic nonionic surfactant. Poloxamers are also called by the brand name Pluronics. (The magic cleaning ingredient that makes Clear Care easier to use than AO Sept.) Poloxamine is a whole class of related substances, so that that word doesn't narrow it down to one specific chemical.
Good old Google.
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A great strong cleaner is SOF/Pro by optimum(soft lens cleaner)! Its strong but rinses easily!

BL sensitive eyes cleaner is a great all around cleaner which is easy to rinse and to keep lenses clean. The ingredients of this cleaner maintains hydration of the lens.
Thank you for those alternative to MiraFlow.
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Nope miraflow and BL sensitive eyes cleaner are two different cleaners with distinct formulas!

I've never been a fan of miraflow because it was too concentrated for use with high water content lenses and can change parameters! When it was available I always recommended using it with a few drops of saline so it makes thew cleaner a bit easier to tinse off! Any residue of miraflow causes peroxide solutions to foam as well as eye irritation!

A great strong cleaner is SOF/Pro by optimum(soft lens cleaner)! Its strong but rinses easily!

BL sensitive eyes cleaner is a great all around cleaner which is easy to risne and to keep lenses clean! The ingredients of this cleaner maintains hydration of the lens!
What do you mean "change parameters"? You mean Miraflow can alter the base curve or something?
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What do you mean "change parameters"? You mean Miraflow can alter the base curve or something?
I hope not. That would be pretty serious. Especially if the change was permanent.
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What do you mean "change parameters"? You mean Miraflow can alter the base curve or something?
Miraflow on soft lenses with 55% or higher tend to react badly when they come in contact with miraflow! These higher water content soft lenses can absorb the cleaner and can shrink the lenses making it difficult to rinse the cleaner off lenses. I usually recommend applying saline to the palm and only one drop of the cleaner to clean soft lenses as I find the cleaner too concentrated.
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Thank you for those alternative to MiraFlow.
NB tho. Any daily cleaner used must be rinsed well prior to using cibavison clearcare as the chemical interaction of trace amounts of cleaner can cause the clear care solution to foam during the bubbling process.
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Miraflow on soft lenses with 55% or higher tend to react badly when they come in contact with miraflow! These higher water content soft lenses can absorb the cleaner and can shrink the lenses making it difficult to rinse the cleaner off lenses. I usually recommend applying saline to the palm and only one drop of the cleaner to clean soft lenses as I find the cleaner too concentrated.
You mean 55% or higher water content, right? I just want to make sure I'm on the same page. Is there anything on the box that tells you what the water content of your contact lenses is?
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