Dry eyes, discomfort, red eyes, and blurry vision when blinking are all symptoms of lenses that have mucus and protein on the lens surface.
Most all of the cleaners you buy at the store are disinfecting solutions that basically kill bacteria and viruses on the lens surface.
Miraflow has alcohol and a very, very fine abrasive that cleans the surface clean when polishing the front and back of the lens in the palm of your hand.
So depending on your lens type, you adjust your cleaning regimen as follows:
1) Daily wear meaning you throw your lenses out everyday, you do not need to use this product.
2) Weekly wear meaning you throw the lenses out once per week, you need to clean the lens mid week an more often if you happen to have a lot of mucus and protein in your tears.
3) Monthly wear meaning you throw the lens out monthly, at a minimum you clean one time per week and up to 2 or 3 times a week again depending on the amount of mucus and protein in your tears.
4) Bi-Monthly wear, throwing your lens away every two months, you have to clean lenses every week at least and remember 2 to 3 times per week is essential for a lot of patients with lens build up problems.
5) Yearly wear or Quarterly replacement, meaning throwing the lens out after a years worth of wearing, and Quarterly throwing the lenses away after three months of wearing. Again weekly cleaning is the minimum amount, where a lot of patients find cleaning the lenses 2 to 3 times a week gives them the best results for comfort and wear ability.
6) Bifocal Lenses most patients wear monthly or bi-monthly, so cleaning is essential for optimal vision. Cleaning 2 to 3 times a week is imperative.
7) Toric Lenses, which are changed on a monthly or bi-monthly schedule, must be cleaned 2 to 3 times a week to get the comfort and best vision. If you have build up on your lenses the lens will rotate and cause your vision to be blurry so cleaning is a must do.
Here are 2 great articles form Contact Lens Spectrum, the Leading Clinical Contact Lens Information Source.
The first article is titled: We Need Daily Lens Cleaners
By Michael A. Ward, MMSc, FAAO. Mr. Ward is an instructor in ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine and Director, Emory Contact Lens Service.
Article Date: 2/1/2012 http://www.clspectrum.com/articleviewer.aspx?articleid=106642
To obtain references for this article, please visit http://www.clspectrum.com/references.asp and click on document #195.
The second article it titled: Soft Lens Daily Cleaners by SUSAN J. GROMACKI, OD, MS, FAAO
Dr. Gromacki is a diplomat in the American Academy of Optometry’s Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies and practices in Chevy Chase, Md.
Article Date: 9/1/2013 http://www.clspectrum.com/articleviewer.aspx?articleID=108814
To obtain references for this article, please visit http://www.clspectrum.com/references.asp and click on document #214.