Originally Posted by synergy
I never even considered that my contact solution could be suspect.
I use Opti-free no-rub solution.
Sorry for my ignorance, but what sort of cruelty does regular saline involve?
I'm not sure... I don't wear glasses or contacts
This is the list of ingredients for your solution according to Drugstore.com
Citrate**, Tetronic 1304, AMP-95**
Tetronic 1304, Sodium chloride, Boric acid, Sorbitol, AMP-95 and Edetate Disodium, Polyquad®** (polyquaternium-1) 0.001% and Aldox®** (myristamidopropyl dimethylamine) 0.0005%
**These ingredients are found only in Alcon's lens care products. This patented formula is not sold under any other name.
Contacts are made from plastics -- not environmentally sound, but I'm not sure if there's any animal products used to make plastic.
Types of Contact Lenses
PMMA lenses: Rigid or "hard" contacts were the first lenses; they were developed in the 1960's. They are made of a type of plastic called PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate), which is very durable, but does not allow oxygen in the air to directly reach the cornea. When the eye blinks, the lens moves, which allows the oxygen dissolved in the tears to reach the cornea. Rigid lenses are the least comfortable type of contacts and are not really used anymore. However, some people still prefer them for their durability and lower cost.
Gas-permeable lenses: These lenses are also known as "RGPs." They are newer rigid or "hard" lenses made of plastics combined with other materials, such as silicone and fluoropolymers, which allow oxygen in the air to pass directly through the lens. For this reason, they are called "gas permeable."
Soft contact lenses: These lenses are made of plastic materials that incorporate water. The water makes them soft and flexible, as well as allowing oxygen to reach the cornea. More than 75% of contact lens wearers in the United States use soft lenses.
Extended wear contact lenses: made of material designed to last 2-4 weeks.
Daily disposable lenses: although generally more expensive, carry a lower infection risk.
Toric contact lenses: correct moderate astigmatism. They are available in both rigid and soft materials.
Generally, contacts should be removed at bedtime due to risk of infection and risk of contact lens intolerance.
**** here's the ingredient list for Clear Conscience:
Sterile, isotonic solution that contains poloxamer, sodium phosphate buffer, sodium chloride and disodium edetate; preserved with polyhexanide 0.00001%.
If the company that makes your contacts and contact solution are listed at this link http://www.leapingbunny.org/pdf/ccicguide_full.pdf
Then you can be positive that they do not use animal ingredients and do not test any of the ingredients on animals.
It might just be that those big name companies aren't vegan because they test on animals.