A comparison of the efficiency of surfactant contact lens cleaners in removing eyeliner adherent to various soft contact lenses

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We compared the efficiency of removing cosmetic eyeliner deposits from soft contact lenses with a variety of surfactant cleaners. Four types of daily cleaners were used to clean two groups of soft contact lenses (Group 1 and Group2: FDA classification) contaminated with an eyeliner. The lenses were cleaned in a Clensatron 700CL Automatic Contact Lens Cleaning unit. The amount of lens contamination before and after cleaning was quantified by digitising a photograph of the lens surface. We found that: 1. the eyeliner was less likely to adhere to Group 2 lenses, 2. the efficiency of removing eyeliner was independent of the cleaning solutions we used; when contaminated, Group 2 lenses were generally easier to clean, 3. the Clensatron unit was not as efficient as digital rubbing in removing the eyeliner.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-177
Number of pages3
JournalClinical and Experimental Optometry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1991


  • cleaner
  • Clensatron
  • contact lenses
  • deposits
  • eyeliner
  • surfactants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry

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