Soft contact lens solutions review Part 1: Components of modern care regimens

1 May 2007
Volume 08, Issue 2

This document looks at the development of contact lenses and the role of care regimes in successful wear.


The development of contact lens solutions dates to the late 1940s, following the production of rigid contact lenses manufactured from the oxygen-impermeable material polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). These early solutions were indicated for primarily enhanced wetting and it was not until the 1970s that the ‘science of contact lens solutions’ was truly born. Since this time, the development and optimisation of contact lens solutions, as well as testing and evaluation guidelines, have rapidly evolved to keep pace with the development of novel contact lens materials and our ever-growing appreciation of the role that contact lens care regimes play in contact lens success.

Sign in to continue

Forgotten password?

Sign in to view the article

Not a member? Start enjoying the benefits of College membership today. Take a look at what the College can offer you and view our membership categories and rates.

Related further reading

ADVERTISEMENT: At Johnson & Johnson Vision, we’re committed to creating a healthier and happier world. We know that we - and you, our Eye Care Professionals (ECP) partners - have a role to play in helping people around the world see better, connect better and live better.

This is an in-person free College member event, covering your peer review CPD requirements and offers a total of 6 CPD points.

The College of Optometrists has issued a statement in response to news reports that many soft contact lenses in the US contain compounds called fluoropolymers, which are also known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).