About CLEAR CARE® Triple Action 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution
- Hydrogen peroxide disinfection system (used overnight)
- Preservative free
- Requires special case (included), but PROSE devices and larger scleral lenses require the use of a PROSE disinfection case instead (sold separately)
- Choice of 12-oz / 355 mL; twin pack; or travel size (3oz / 89 mL)
- All kits include case and platinum disc (neutralizing agent)
Description (by Rebecca)
CLEAR CARE is the gold standard for overnight disinfection of PROSE and scleral lenses.
Using hydrogen peroxide disinfection involves soaking the lenses for a specified number of hours overnight in a special case filled with hydrogen peroxide solution and containing a "platinum disc" that neutralizes the saline. This disc can only be used a certain number of times, and should be replaced every two months. These discs are NOT sold separately; the only way to get them is to purchase a CLEAR CARE kit or similar.
CAUTION: Lens size matters.
The case included with standard CLEAR CARE kits cannot be used with PROSE devices and cannot be used safely with large scleral lenses either. Users with lenses too large for the CLEAR CARE case should purchase the PROSE Disinfection Case. We recommend the PROSE case for all lenses above 15mm. There is an option to purchase CLEAR CARE together with a PROSE case (see drop-down list) but you can also purchase the PROSE cases separately.
What about generic brands?
The only serious issue I know of when considering a generic is potential differences in performance of the neutralizing disc. Some data published in optometric periodicals suggests that the disc does not last through as many uses, which may explain why we've had reports in the user groups online about lens discomfort when using a generic.
How much will I use?
For the standard case included in this kit (suitable for smaller lenses), it takes about 1/2 oz (15 mL) to fill it up to the fill line. However, if you use the PROSE Disinfection Case for larger lenses, it takes 1.5oz (44 mL) of solution to fill it up to the line.
On a budget?
Those who use the PROSE case will note that because it is far larger than the CLEAR CARE case, they use up the hydrogen peroxide solution very quickly and have to replace their CLEAR CARE kit frequently. Here is a budget-friendly tip, but always subject to your doctor's approval! - When the CLEAR CARE runs out, but the disc still has plenty of time on it (remember, 2 months is the limit), substitute hydrogen peroxide 3% (big brown bottles from the drugstore) until it is time to replace the disc, at which time you can purchase a new CLEAR CARE kit. Note that CLEAR CARE is not the same as 3% hydrogen peroxide (it contains a cleaning agent, among other things), so it will not do exactly the same job, and for this and the other reasons I've mentioned, you must clear it with your doctor before making this substitution.
Cleaning vs. Disinfection
Disinfecting your lenses is necessary for all lens users. Rub cleaning is NOT a substitute for overnight disinfection, and vice versa! These are distinct steps. For more information on your scleral lens care regimen, please see our Articles list.
Alternatives to consider
The only hydrogen peroxide based alternatives in the US as of this writing (April 2019) are drugstore generics for Clear Care, and Clear Care Plus by the same manufacturer. Clear Care Plus should not be assumed to be superior. Based on anecdotal reports, a certain percentage of users experience filming on their lens and prefer Clear Care. Please consult your eyecare professional about whether they have a preference.
Alternative disinfection methods for scleral lenses include multipurpose solutions such as Unique pH and Boston Simplus.
Description (from the manufacturer's literature)
CLEAR CARE® Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution uses the bubbling power of hydrogen peroxide to give your lenses some much-needed TLC. Our Triple Action Cleaning power makes lenses so fresh, they feel like new, but without the harsh preservatives found in your typical multi-purpose solutions.
COMPLETE PACKAGE INSERT
CLEAR CARE® 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution
CLEAR CARE Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution is a convenient and highly effective hydrogen peroxide based system for simultaneously cleaning, daily protein removal, and disinfecting of soft (hydrophilic) and rigid gas permeable lenses as recommended by your eye care professional.
CLEAR CARE Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution is a sterile solution containing micro-filtered hydrogen peroxide 3%, sodium chloride 0.79%, stabilized with phosphonic acid, a phosphate buffered system, and PLURONIC 17R4† (a cleaning agent). This carton also includes a specialized lens case with neutralizing disc.
There are no known contraindications for use of CLEAR CARE solution. If you are allergic to any ingredient in this solution, do not use.
Directions for use
To ensure proper disinfection of your lenses you must follow the instructions completely.
Do not skip any steps. Always wash and rinse your hands before handling your lenses.
Please refer to the package insert printed on the inside of this carton for special instructions for RGP lenses.
- Remove and place each lens into the appropriately marked L/R domed lens holder. Rinse with CLEAR CARE* solution for 5 seconds.
- Fill the CLEAR CARE lens case to the fill line with CLEAR CARE solution and place the lens holder in the case.
- Tighten the cap on the CLEAR CARE lens case and store lenses for at least 6 hours. DO NOT SHAKE THE CASE.
YOUR LENSES ARE READY TO WEAR AFTER SOAKING FOR 6 HOURS. No final rinse with saline is necessary.
DISPOSE OF YOUR OLD CLEAR CARE LENS CASE WITH EACH NEW PURCHASE OF CLEAR CARE SOLUTION.
Always follow your eye care professional's instructions. Please refer to the package insert printed on the inside of this carton for detailed directions and important safety information. Keep CLEAR CARE out of the reach of children. Store at room temperature. Once bottle is open, discard any remaining solution after 3 months.
Do not squirt CLEAR CARE directly into your eyes or burning and stinging will result.
Do not use flat lens case. CLEAR CARE only works with the special lens case provided.
Do not remove lenses from case for at least 6 hours. The solution needs time to neutralize.
Never rinse your contact lenses with CLEAR CARE before you put them in your eyes. If you want to rinse your lenses, use sterile saline.
If unneutralized CLEAR CARE solution gets into your eyes, it will cause burning and stinging. If this happens, remove your contact lenses immediately and flush eyes with a large amount of water or sterile saline. If burning or irritation continues, seek immediate assistance from an eye care professional.
TAMPER EVIDENT: Do not use if safety seal around the bottle cap is broken or if the carton is opened or damaged.
For more information regarding this product consult your eye care professional, or write to:
Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
6201 South Freeway
Fort Worth, Texas 76134
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†PLURONIC is a trademark of BASF.
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