Clear Care and Aosept temporarily unavailable

ClearCare is back! Ciba representatives informed me that it shipped to Shoppers Drugmart, Loblaws and Walmart last week. Other locations will be restocked soon.

I often recommend Clear Care contact lens solution for many of my patients. It is especially great for individuals who have sensitivities to other solutions. Unfortunately, Ciba Vision Canada which produces several eye care solutions including Clear Care and Aosept had a manufacturing problem which temporarily stopped the production. Supplies of Clear Care in stores have run out in the last few weeks frustrating many patients and causing confusion.

If you do not have a history of solution sensitivity you may try one of the several multipurpose solutions available. There is another “peroxide-based” contact solution for sensitive eyes called UltraCare. Instructions for using UltraCare are:

  1. Place lenses in case filled with Ultracare Disinfectant and Ultracare Neutralizing Tablets.
  2. Soak for a minimum 2 hours or overnight, the solution turns pink when it is neutralized. No rinse necessary before insertion although I suggest rinsing with saline if your eyes are really sensitive.

This week, CIBA Vision Canada Inc. confirmed that production has resumed of lens care products at its sterile manufacturing facility in Ontario, Canada. CIBA Vision is building up its supply chain and over the next few months, will gradually re-introduce its most popular lens care products and sizes as a first priority. It may take several months to fully re-stock all distribution channels, however, the company expects to have an increasing supply of its most popular products beginning April 2006. Clear Care is expected at this time. AQuify® Drops and other products will become available commencing in the third quarter, 2006.

I know many patients are anxiously awaiting the return of these products. If you have any questions or concerns in the mean time please do not hesitate to ask me