If You Ran Out of Contact Lens Solution, What Is the Best Option to Clean Your Contacts?

Can You Put Contacts in Water Overnight?

Let us assume that for some reason you cannot obtain the contact lens solution. Let’s assume that you’re snowed in your house and you ran out of contact solution!

Which is the best option?

1. Soak your lenses in the leftover, dirty solution that you cleaned them with last night: you look in your lens case and see that there is still some solution remaining from last night.

2. Sleep with your contact lenses in. Buy contact solution the first thing in the morning, and soak them at that time.

3. Soak your lenses in water overnight. Buy contact solution the first thing in the morning, and soak them at that time

*I have heard that it’s bad to sleep with your contacts in, then I heard it’s bad to soak them in water, but I’m not sure which is worse.

Can i put my contacts in water?


CLC Answer: Always use fresh contact lens solution. Tap water isn’t just water. It has other things in it including chlorine and fluoride (which, by the way is toxic and not good for you – that’s why it cleans teeth so well). Stick to good, new contact lens cleaning solution in a clean contact lens case. This is your eyes we’re talking about – you only have one set and they’re important… you use them every day. :-)

Along with fresh solution, it is a good idea to rub your contact lenses (with clean hands, of course) even if the solution is labeled “no-rub.” The rubbing gets even more bacteria off of your lenses, helps them last longer and makes your eyes feel better. Lens solution comes in a bottle with a small nozzle for a reason – you can use that pressure on the lenses to help clean them, which is another way to help clean them if you don’t rub them.


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Comments

  1. Number one is best with an addition: Then in the morning, wear your glasses to go to the store and buy new solution. Soak the lenses in the new fresh solution for the recommended time and then wear.

    While at the store buy two bottles of solution. When the first one is empty, open the second one and buy a new bottle right away and continue to always buy a new bottle right away when one bottle gets empty. That way you will never run out again.

  2. Lynne915 says:

    NONE OF THE ABOVE, buy new contact lens solution, or if your broke go the the place where you got your contacts from and ask them, " What is the best kind of solution I should use for my contacts?", and they should give you a sample. If you contacts are not made to sleep in DON’T SLEEP IN THEM!!!, it will hurt your eye, lead to infection (conjunctivitus), the contact might dry onto your eye (seen it before and its NOT good) or lol you could get an infection!! You only have 1 set of eyes, take care of them!!!! Oh I’m an Optician if it helps lol!

  3. why dont you just throw them out?

  4. emmett's girl :) says:

    the first!
    it really isn’t that bad or harmful to your contacts.
    if you sleep with your contacts in (2nd option) they’re get extremely dry and so will your eyes. your eyes will feel awful and probably burn a little bit when you wake up. plus your contact will get all crinkled and crumpled up. the last option (water) is bad because it’s just bad :)
    seriously though, i’m not sure why but i think it washes away important stuff in your contacts. i just know that all the eye doctors say to NEVER wash your contacts with water.

  5. Linagirl says:

    Don’t use water it will mess with your contacts and yours eyes will hurt when you try to put them back in. I’ve been in this situation believe me I know. I have had to reuse the solution in my case before and that is the option I would choose. My doctor has told me its okay to sleep in them but that depends on the kind you wear. I also now keep a small bottle of solution in my purse so I won’t get caught without one again. Another thing that works in a pinch if you happen to at or near a hospital is normal saline.

  6. Number one is the best. You can reuse old solution if you need to because it’s actually not that dirty after storing contacts in it overnight. I’ve done it myself without any negative effects. I wouldn’t recommend doing your other suggestions because while sleeping in contact lenses might work for some people, they do tend to get dried out overnight. They can become literally glued to your eyeballs. As for storing them in water, tap water has impurities and those could damage your lenses. Also, if you put them on your eyes, they will stick to them.

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