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Contact Lense Solution

The smallest bottle made by my wife's contact lense solution company is 4.5 oz. Even though it is an "over the counter" type of liquid (medication?) is it allowed on board the plane? Every site I've looked at mentions just about everything but contact lense solutions. Any help out there?

Posted by
1814 posts

Paul, sorry, it's not allowed. it will have to be checked. Perhaps she can find a smaller 2-3oz bottle and fill that with the solution if she has to carry on.

Have you asked your eye doctor if he has several smaller sample bottles that they might give you to use? They are usually .5-1.0oz, and would be free.

Unless it's "medication" you cannot bring it on board in a 4.5oz bottle.

Posted by
505 posts

I sympathize about contacts solutions as I have allergies so am very limited in what solutions I can use. Plus, the solutions MUST be sterile, so cannot be transferred to another bottle. And no company seems to manufacture solutions in containers less than the new limits - though perhaps in time companies will start selling solutions in 'airplane-friendly' sized bottles.

Prescription medications are allowed in any quantities, so one solution (pardon the pun) would be to see if your optician or opthomalogist could write you a prescription for the necessary solution - I've considered due to my need for specific solutions. In this case the bottle would need to be sealed and the prescription with you.

The other option is to pack your solutions in your checked luggage (if you are going to/through the UK, you can't carry much on anyway), and keep a small bottles or 'capsules' of eye drops for the flight. Or wear glasses, which is what I do for long or overnight flights.


Posted by
74 posts

Oct 2006 I took a sealed 4 oz new bottle in my ziploc. TSA let it through. My optometrist told me most brands are also available in Europe, so I was prepared to give it up and buy new if needed.

Posted by
1 posts

Paul, my eye Dr. gave me free 2 oz sample bottles (enough for a month trip) of my solution. With silicone lenses they didn't want me to change solutions. Another thing she said is if I do run out, do not under any circumstance try a new kind (don't think this is so important w/my old regular soft lenses) because the silicone will disintegrate. Instead, buy any brand of sterile saline and only use that. Lenses won't be truly clean (although rubbing will help some) and won't stay free of protein deposits but will still keep their quality. Good luck to you.

Posted by
9 posts

Thanks to all who answered my question! Only to find now that my wife's solution company has now started making it in "Regulation" travel size. Thanks again to all.


Posted by
40 posts

According to TSA, there is now no limitation on the size of the bottle for contact lens solution. This is considered a liquid medical item. I have no clue if this is true in Europe.

From TSA website: "You are not limited in the amount or volume of these items you may bring in your carry-on baggage. BUT if the medically necessary items exceed 3 ounces or are not contained in a one-quart, zip-top plastic bag, you MUST declare to one of our Security Officers at the checkpoint for further inspection."