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Saline Solutions

 –  Contact lenses make vision correction simple, allowing wearers to see well without much hassle. If you wear contact lenses, proper eye care is vital to maintaining the health of your eyes. Without care, contact lenses can begin to harbor bacteria and other microbes and cause eye infections. drugstore.com makes it simple to get the supplies you need to take the best care of your contacts.
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One of the key products needed for proper lens care is saline solution. This mix of sodium chloride and distilled water is available in a variety of forms and types to meet your needs. The solution is processed carefully to ensure that it is sterile and free of microbes. Saline is the proper solution to use when storing contact lenses in a case. In addition, saline should be used to rinse contact lenses after cleaning and before putting them into your eyes.

While saline solution is necessary for care of contact lenses, not everyone fully understands its importance. Some people simply use cleaners and disinfectants called multipurpose solutions for rinsing and storage, but these products are not identical to saline and cannot be used as substitutions. Other people make the mistake of trying to produce their own saline solution, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns can be hazardous to the eyes. Ordinary tap water is not a replacement for saline, and saliva is similarly not an appropriate substitute. Using water or saliva in place of saline increases your risk of developing Acanthamoeba keratitis, a dangerous infection of the cornea.

Another misconception that people have about saline solution is that these types of products are the same as rewetting drops. The purpose of the drops is to lubricate contact lenses when they are already in place on the eyes. This addresses symptoms of dry eyes and improves comfort, particularly when lenses have been worn for an extended period of time. Saline solution should not be used for rehydrating contact lenses while you are wearing them, so be sure to keep rewetting drops on hand for this purpose.

Your optometrist will recommend the best saline variety to meet your needs. If you have sensitive eyes, he or she may suggest a preservative-free contact solution. When reordering your contact lens products, it is important that you purchase the type that your doctor has suggested you use. Never switch to a different brand or begin to use a different method of disinfection or storage without first consulting your optometrist.

At drugstore.com, we have a variety of sterile saline solutions available for contact lens wearers, so that you can find the product your optometrist has recommended as easily as possible. Start shopping the collection now and take advantage of our low prices by stocking up on saline.

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