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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  • Finally ran out of my Lobob products and started using Boston at my Dr’s advice, 2 days later I am seeing the difference, lenses are dirty hours earlier than I was used to. Too bad, I hope they’ll resume production.

    Diana on
  • I’ve worn hard lenses for 56 years and for the majority of those years I’ve used Lobob. It is the best and I am so upset that it is no longer available. None of the other products that I have tried work as well for me. With some I can’t see as well and/or the lenses feel scratchy and/or my eyes itch. I don’t do well with glasses so I need my RGP lenses and Lobob keeps them comfortable and effective. Please bring Lobob back!

    Mary on
  • Thanks for the updated info. I was using Sof/Pro2 and just ordered some Miraflow.

    JohnK on
  • I was able to find sereine in one place only…


    Mohammad on
  • R.I.P. Lobob….

    I am not an expert in the trade, but have been wearing for 40 years… Between “reading the tea leaves” and the writing on the wall, I’m quite sure that our beloved Lobob (Optimum) products will never make it back to market. Certainly not in any timeframe that our eyes can hold out for. So please stop begging and pleading here — it is to no avail.

    As some have suggested, I’ve used the “drop of dish soap” remedy myself, in a pinch. I’ve found that the “Boston Advanced” cleaner (NOT the storage solution) makes a decent substitute as a cleaner, as much as I hate the pin-prick-sized bottle-tip hole, and the ugly mess at the tip that it’s prone to. I got a free sample from my eye doctor, and the solution itself is much better than I recall it being when I last tried it, what, 20 years ago while on a trip where I forgot my travel cleaning kit.

    But that does not disinfect lenses. Folks, you MUST disenfect your lenses! No matter what solution you come up with to clean them. The “Clear Care” (Plus, etc.) hydrogen-peroxide-based product or it’s Walmart/Equate knock-off does that job well, although the regime takes more time. I still need to pre-clean with the Advanced stuff, and I’ve found that I still need to use a drop of that cleaner in the morning, on the disinfected lenses (I know, sheesh!) to remove softened deposits or other residue. But then it’s just a saline rinse and I’m good to go. (I’ve always avoided “wetting” solutions.)

    I’m not happy that a fairly quick, one-solution (or two if you used ESC in addition to CDS) regime necessarily becomes a multi-product, more time-consuming regime. But the alternative is far worse. Please… clean AND disinfect your lenses!!

    RichieD on

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