I once heard that if the contact lenses are somewhat dried out, it’s assur to put them even in a saline solution on shabbos because of makkah bepatish. Is this true and if so, what should I store my contact lenses in?
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What you heard is based on the ruling of R’ S. Z. Auerbach zt”l, with the reason being that it is considered tikun kli (fixing the lenses). However he only said that if indeed the lenses are dried out to the degree that they are folding, however if they are only a little bit dry he says it is permitted to put them into plain saline solution.
Nishmas Avrohom O:CH 321-2, Shmiras Shabbos Khilchoso 16-83, Shulchan Shlomo 321-9, Toras Hamelachos 7 pg. 175.