Where's Lobob? (Update)

Last updated 10/13/2020

Where is Lobob ESC?

Optimum by Lobob Extra Strength Cleaner... Some of us know it as Optimum, some of us know it as Lobob, some of us know it as ESC. By any of these names, it's still the best darned "rub" cleaning solution for scleral lenses. (Except, of course Hydra PEG coated lenses, because it will strip the coating.) 

Anyway, whatever you call it, it's out of production, has been so for more than a year, and at this point it seems unlikely it will return to the market, at least not anytime soon.

What happened?

Lobob products were made by a contract manufacturer (Altaire) that had its operations interrupted by extensive recalls of eye care products in July 2019. Some of you may remember some massive recalls of over-the-counter eye drops and ointments. Lobob solutions were not recalled, but manufacturing ceased. As at this writing, there is no indication the manufacturing facility has resumed operations. 

This is a huge problem for the scleral lens community, as Lobob ESC is a top recommended 'rub' cleaning solution. 

What can I use instead of Lobob ESC?

  • Miraflow: Miraflow is an excellent cleaning solution. It was missing for several months but as of this writing (October 2020) appears to be available for purchase again at miraflow.com
  • Multi-purpose solutions: Many people don't know that these can be used for rub cleaning. Unique pH is one of the most popular amongst scleral lens users. Additional good multipurpose solutions are Boston Simplus and Tangible Clean.
  • Sereine? As of this writing (October 2020) this appears to still be out of stock, but you can always check MyEyeSupply.com's Sereine page for current availability. 

Please talk to your eye doctor for their specific recommendations.

Other Lobob products

Here is the current status of other Lobob products that we used to stock.

  • Lobob CDS is also unavailable. CDS users are recommended to switch to another multi-purpose solution.
  • Lobob's Sof/Pro2 (generic for Miraflow) has unfortunately been discontinued. 

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  • I am posting again for emphasis. I have worn hard lenses since pre-RGP, and NO wetting solution other than WRW (Lobob Optimum) was tolerable for me. None (I don’t clean/sterilize, just wet and SOMETIMES soak. No infections in 50 years)! II searched and searched (did not spend money on alternatives, but I searched ingredients), and Blink Total Care does work. I don’t like it as much as I did the Lobob, but it works fine. I was VERY grateful to find it. And no, I do not buy it via Amazon and would plead with all of you to not buy it (or anything) from Scamazon either ….Feel Good Contacts has been my supplier, and they are great.

    Lane on
  • I was for many years dependent on Optimum Lobob WRW and was distraught to lose it. The replacement I use now is Blink Total Care.

    Lane on
  • @ Allan Wendlihng : If you don’t mind, would you be willing to share the specific product name (or better yet, link) you are using for re-wetting drops? As of this moment, not seeing any Up&Up product that can be used directly in the eyes with RGP lenses.

    Neil Ticktin on
  • FINALLY FOUND A GREAT REPLACEMENT – NEED TO SHARE!!! Need to go to TARGET STORES and purchase their brand UP&UP. Yes! You heard me that a brand sold by Target Stores is our answer for a replacement!!1 I have tried Boston and the other brands AND ONLY LOBOB REWETTING WORKED. Lobob seems to be gone forever now…ugh!!! I was reading a blog about the best equivalent and it is from TARGET STORES and the brand is called UP&UP. THIS PRODUCT HAS THE KEY POLYVINYL THAT MAKES LOBOB REWETTING SO COMFORTABLE. I can’t believe this product is actually from Target Stores!! I have TRIED EVERY REWETTING AND NOTHING COMPARED TO LOBOB UNTIL NOW!!! I never share stuff like this, but I know how much we RGP wearers suffer with other rewetting drops. My nightmare has finally been resolved…my god by Target Stores!!

    Allan Wendlihng on
  • By the way, I just noticed all the comments on here are pre-pandemic, so everyone has probably already moved on to Lobob alternatives by now. But, if you check the Lobob website going back to 2018, they’ve been saying their contract manufacturer was having temporary problems, causing shortages of their products. It’s not coming back. If they aren’t completely out of business by now (ironically with a website stating that they are not going out of business), then I’m pretty sure the “company” is simply the owner working out of his house, trying to decide what to do next.

    Insider on

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