Many people dislike wearing eyeglasses for many reasons. Some feel that it makes them look older while others find them awkward. If you are one of those people then contact lenses are perfect for you. When you get a prescription for contact lenses, your eye doctor will also prescribe a contact lens solution. While most of us are familiar with this, not many people really think about what exactly is in it. In today’s post, we share the list of ingredients that are present in all contact lens solutions.
This ingredient is pretty self-explanatory. The disinfectant is added to the solution to kill off bacteria, germs, fungi and other harmful organisms that might cause irritation or infection. Boric acid, ascorbic acid and hydrogen peroxide are some of the most commonly used disinfectants in contact lens solutions.
Wetting solutions or wetting agents help keep the contact lens moist and soft. It also gives it a more natural feel. Good wetting agents gradually release throughout the day. If this is the case, your eye doctor may recommend that you wash your contact lenses more frequently throughout the day.
The surfactant cleanses build-ups on the surface of your contact lenses. It is a mild abrasive that helps sediments slide off without scratching the actual lenses.
The preservative in your contact lens solution helps keep the solution effective longer, much like in food. Simply put, the preservative helps prolong the shelf life of your solution, allowing you to consume the whole thing before it eventually expires.
Whether you are in need of a quick eye exam or if you need to get fitted for stylish new eyeglasses, give your trusted optometrists over at Nova Vision a call at (703) 578-3600. Alternatively, you can set up an appointment by filling out our contact form. We serve patients in Falls Church and Arlington, VA, as well as their surrounding communities.