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callimico66@yahoo.com
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 12:01 am    Post subject: Contact Lens Cleaner not available anymore Reply with quote

I'm finding it harder and harder to find any CL cleaners in stores. I
used to use MiraFlow. Bought some Pliagel when I couldn't get M
anymore--now can't find Pliagel. What's going on? Besides the "lack of
sales" answer? I REALLY need to use cleaner.

I wear Extreme H2O. Hioxifilcon A, silhydrogel. Any recommendations for
a cleaner for this type of lens?

Thanks
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CatmanX
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Joined: 17 May 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 12:58 am    Post subject: Re: Contact Lens Cleaner not available anymore Reply with quote

Extreme H2O is not a silicone hydrogel for starters. It is roughly the
same as proclear compatibles, a standard hydrogel.

Any cleaner will do. Polyclens, miraflow, V&L daily cleaner.

dr grant
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Dr Judy
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Joined: 07 May 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 4:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Contact Lens Cleaner not available anymore Reply with quote

callimico66@yahoo.com wrote:
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I'm finding it harder and harder to find any CL cleaners in stores. I
used to use MiraFlow. Bought some Pliagel when I couldn't get M
anymore--now can't find Pliagel. What's going on? Besides the "lack of
sales" answer? I REALLY need to use cleaner.

I wear Extreme H2O. Hioxifilcon A, silhydrogel. Any recommendations for
a cleaner for this type of lens?

AOFlow is the new name of those cleaners.

CIBA, who makes it, had a manufacturing problem last fall and
production stopped for about six months. You may find it back in
stores soon. In the meantime, ask your fitter to recommend another
cleaner, he/she may also be able to give you a sample.

Dr Judy

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Bucky
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Joined: 30 Jun 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 7:53 am    Post subject: Re: Contact Lens Cleaner not available anymore Reply with quote

callimico66@yahoo.com wrote:
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I'm finding it harder and harder to find any CL cleaners in stores. I
used to use MiraFlow. Bought some Pliagel when I couldn't get M
anymore--now can't find Pliagel. What's going on? Besides the "lack of
sales" answer? I REALLY need to use cleaner.

Probably not going to get your hands on miraflow for a while. "CIBA
Vision is working to increase available supply of the lens care
products most in demand by consumers. Because of this, we are not
currently shipping MiraFlow." Basically, they're going to focus on
ClearCare and forget about Miraflow for a while.
http://www.us.cibavision.com/lens_care/other_products.shtml

What other kind of cleaners are there (not multi-purpose solution)?
I've seen Alcon Opti-Clean II, but I have no idea what that's like.
Also Alcon Opti-Free daily cleaner.
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doctor_my_eye@msn.com
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Joined: 24 May 2005
Posts: 150

PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 4:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Contact Lens Cleaner not available anymore Reply with quote

The reason why it is hard to find soft lens cleaners is that they are
obsolete. You can use Renu Multipurpose or Alcon Optifree Replenish or
Aquify right out of the bottle like a cleaner. There is a mild
surfactant cleaner in those soaking solutions, and it is the rubbing
action itself that breaks up the deposits. To give you an idea of how
much it is the rubbing that cleans the contact and not the "juice" you
should read the box on the Aquify solution as an example. If you
simply drop the lens in this "no rub" solution the lenses are
disinfected in 4 hours. If you rub the lenses and then soak them, they
are disinfected in 5 minutes. Its the same solution!
callimico66@yahoo.com wrote:
Quote:
I'm finding it harder and harder to find any CL cleaners in stores. I
used to use MiraFlow. Bought some Pliagel when I couldn't get M
anymore--now can't find Pliagel. What's going on? Besides the "lack of
sales" answer? I REALLY need to use cleaner.

I wear Extreme H2O. Hioxifilcon A, silhydrogel. Any recommendations for
a cleaner for this type of lens?

Thanks
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callimico66@yahoo.com
medicine forum beginner


Joined: 11 Jun 2006
Posts: 3

PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 12:56 am    Post subject: Re: Contact Lens Cleaner not available anymore Reply with quote

Well, maybe to some people the cleaners are obsolete. But to me, the
alcohol cleaners do a better job than no-rub solutions. I also use
Restasis, which is a bit oily, and even though I wait at least a half
hour before inserting my lenses, I think they pick up that oil, and so
the alcohol does the best job of removing it.
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1978fx@gmail.com
medicine forum beginner


Joined: 19 Jul 2006
Posts: 4

PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Contact Lens Cleaner not available anymore Reply with quote

I agree - the planned obsolescence of these cleaners, that have been
working well for people for decades, ticks me off. They're going away
because SOME people (okay, MANY) are moving to disposable lenses. But,
in the interest of my own personal finance, I strongly prefer ANNUALLY
replaceable lenses. With the help of pork-based enzymatic cleaners and
AOSEPT, I've been able to replace my lenses only annually for DECADES.
Buying disposable lenses for the convenience of not having to clean
them (and I only clean WEEKLY, so it's really not a hassle!) is NOT a
good financial decision, for me.

But, because of the mindset of the masses, I'm being forced in that
direction. Contrary to everyone's assurances, it doesn't look like
Aosept and pork-based enzymatics (at least not the GENERIC ones) are
coming back. My doc says why should they continue to produce them when
everyone's now throwing out their lenses? Great for them -- sucky for
me.

Right now, I pay about $40-70/year for lenses, and had been paying
maybe $50-75 for solutions (enzymatic tabs, aosept, aosept discs and
saline).

If anyone has suggestions on INEXPENSIVE disposable lenses, please
advise. I'm currently wearing Lombart (yes, Lombart) LL55's, with
great success. I take them out every night, and clean them every week.
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