Last updated 6/8/2020
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 and we still don't know for sure whether, let alone when, it is coming back.
What's going on?
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 they are not being produced.
As at this writing, to the best of my knowledge the manufacturing facility has still not resumed operations. Prior to coronavirus, I had heard some mildly promising rumors, but we have no firm information.
This is a huge problem for the scleral lens community, as Lobob ESC is a top recommended 'rub' cleaning solution and there are no equivalent products left on the market.
What can I use instead of Lobob ESC?
- Maybe in a couple months: Miraflow. Miraflow shared that their manufacturer has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. As of 6/2/20 they anticipate a 4-6 week delay in production. Their website is miraflow.com.
- We are not aware of any other equally good cleaning solutions on the market at this time.
- The other option is multi-purpose solutions such as Unique pH, Boston Simplus or Tangible Clean. They're not as good at the rub-cleaning that some of us need, but they're what we have.
Please talk to your eye doctor to see if they have any recommendations.
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What about Lobob CDS?
Lobob CDS users will need to switch to another multi-purpose solution.
What about Sof/Pro2?
Sof/Pro2 (a generic for Miraflow, also made by the Lobob company) has unfortunately been discontinued.