“ Brand: Alcon / Lens Accessories: Solutions & Cleaners „
I purchased Opti Free Xpress to help me to clean my weekly disposable contact lenses and always found this to be a very effective solution. Purchased from my optician, a double pack of this cost around £22 and came with two plastic lens cases too. One bottle could last me 3 months so this did not work out too expensive when the cost was broken down.
Each night I would remove my lenses and give them a thorough clean with this solution. It states that it kills 99.99% of bacteria and is safe for soft style contact lenses. It has no odour and the bottle has a flip style cap to keep the nozzle clean and closed.
I would then soak my lenses in the solution overnight, using one of the cases. Overall I found this a very effective product and never had any problems with my eyes or my lenses whilst I was using it. I would recommend it.
Opti Free Replenish
After several years of using Opti Free Xpress solution to clean my contact lenses, my optician suggested that I make the move and start purchasing the Opti Free Replenish solution instead.
This solution does everything that the Opti Free Xpress does, however it does what it says on the tin and works to replenish the moisture and the quality of your lenses whilst you sleep. Overall it should enhance the life of the lenses by preventing them from drying out or becoming brittle over the course of a week or fortnight, however long you wear them.
I only started wearing contacts about a year ago and so have tried a couple of solutions in order to find the one which is right for me. As I use soft monthly disposable lenses, I quickly settled on Opti-Free Express.
*** In the Box ***
The solution comes in a green box with the name Opti Free Express in bold lettering on the front. The box states that Opti-Free Express is a long lasting, no rub solution. It is also proven to remove protein build up and it is an excellent fungicidal, bactericidal solution for soft lenses.
Opti Free Express comes in different sizes, although the most common size which you usually receive from the optician is 355ml. The solution itself comes in a white plastic bottle with a pop off lid that is attached to the bottle. On the bottle, the green label contains all of the information you need to know about the solution such as ingredients, use by date, manufacturing date, and that it is a Sterile A solution.
I won't bother to recite a full list of ingredients, although it does contain sodium chloride, sorbitol, edetate disodium and boric acid as well as disinfecting and cleaning solutions.
You also get a little contact lens case inside the box which is useful as it is good to change cases regularly to maintain hygiene and prevent protein build up.
*** The Solution ***
It is a clear, watery solution. When using it, I place a contact lens into the palm of my hand and pour the solution over it. I know it says no rub, but I always give it a little light rub just to make sure to get the lenses really clean.
Although I say it's a watery solution, it feels somehow "softer" than water which is reassuring as it makes you realise that it really is a cleaning solution for your contacts, it feels like it is a cleaning solution.
After rubbing the lens, I place the lens in my eye, it is usually still wet from the solution and I've noticed that the wetter the lens, the more comfortable the lens is in your eye all day. The solution definitely provided the lasting comfort and lubrication as it claims on the bottle and my experience with the solution has also shown that it cleans the lenses well and makes for an excellent cleaner and lubricant for soft lenses.
*** Conclusion ***
This contact lens solution is wonderful for all soft contacts. It effectively cleans lenses and cases and lubricates the lenses well, making them comfortable to wear. It is excellent for storing your lenses when you are not wearing them and one 355ml bottle lasts for months! I'm very pleased with this solution and would recommend it to anyone who needs a quick, effective and clean contact lens solution. It is usually provided with your contact lenses in a large bottle, however, small bottles are available and these are probably better suited for travelling etc as a big bottle can be quite weighty.
A very effective solution for contact lenses.
Opti-Free Express No Rub contact solution can be used for cleaning, disinfecting and storing all types of soft contact lenses. It is made by Alcon. As the name suggests, rubbing is not necessary. Opti-free claims that it helps contacts retain moisture and prevents protein buildup.
Opti-free Express is available in a number of different countries including the USA and UK. In the UK, I have only seen the 355ml bottle for sale. In the USA, 2oz and 4oz bottles are also available. It is a shame the smaller sizes are not sold in the UK as they are very useful when traveling.
The box is predominately green with white, yellow, and blue lettering. There is nothing particularly remarkable about the appearance, but it is easy to find on the self. Do be aware that the box looks quite similar to Opti-Free Replenish, Alcon's other bestselling contact solution. On the box the ingredients list is broken down into several sections with a brief explanation about what each group of ingredients does. For example, "Citrate Tetronic 1304 (poloxamine) and Aminomethylpropanol: Cleans, Rinses, Disinfects, Rewets & Stores. Keeps lenses clean and comfortable without rubbing." The box also contains information about how to tell if the box or bottle has been tampered with, how to store the solution, the use by date, and the usual product blurbs.
The bottle is white somewhat flexible plastic with a green label in the same style as the box. The label contains basically the same information as the outside of the box. The cap is made of hard white plastic. It has a flip up lid that is firm enough to stay in place without worries (I have often packed open bottles in a suitcase, etc. without extra leak preventing measures; I've never had a problem with it coming open), but the flip up lid is not too difficult to open for use and can be done with one hand. Under the flip up lid is a pointed spout with a very small opening. This gives you very good control over where and how much liquid comes out when you squeeze or tip the bottle. It is easy to fill a contact case or wash lenses without spilling. The lid can be entirely removed with some effort, but it is clearly not designed to do this (I do it on occasion to fill a smaller bottle for travel). The bottle is recyclable plastic (number 1).
The solution is clear and has a consistency very similar to water. It has a very faint scent, but nothing I can relate to something widely familiar, perhaps not too far from the scent of saline solution. It has a faintly salty taste.
An Alcon contact case comes in every box of Opti-Free Express solution. The case is made of 3 pieces of hard plastic: the base, the right lid, and the left lid. The right lid is made of green plastic and has a large indented R on it. The left lid is white plastic and has the word Alcon indented on it. Both lids have grooves on the edge which make it easy to grip even with wet hands. The base is slightly curves, which makes it comfortable to hold. The inside of each bubble has grooves which keep the lenses from sticking. The lids screw on to the base easily and provide a very good seal. I have not had a problem with these leaking. I keep a case filled with solution in my purse in the event I need to take my contacts out unexpectedly. I have never had it leak (I have had other cases leak). The curved shape and duel coloured design ensure I always put the correct lenses in the correct compartments.
I have been using Opti-Free Express No Rub Contact Solution since I started wearing contacts about 10 years ago. Over the years I have tried a number of different solutions (mostly when there was a good sale on another brand). I always come back to Opti-Free. My eyes and contacts seem to like it best. It is very easy to use. I take my contacts out and put them into the case filled with solution. In the morning I rinse the contact off in solution before putting it in my eye. I wear two week contacts (those that you take out each night and throw away after 2 weeks). With this solution the contacts easily last 3-4 weeks before I discard them. This is because the solution removes any protein buildups which damage the contacts and make it harder to see in time. You might be able to buy less expensive contact solution, but trust me it is not worth it. Other brands do not clean the contacts as well and after a week you can start to notice how the protein build up effects your vision. I was shocked how much solution was needed to clean my contacts even half as well with other brands of solution. No thank you. I'm sticking to my Opti-Free Express (to be fair, Opti-Free Replenish is also very good- if it happens to be on sale and cheaper than the Express I'll get that one), but personally, I think my contacts dry out less with the Express than the Replenish.
Opti-Free Express is available at Tesco and online for £8.17. I have also seen it at Boots, but it is slightly more expensive. This might seem expensive considering store brands of solution cost £3-4 for a similar size bottle, but once you factor in that your contacts will last twice as long with the Opti-Free and you need to use much less solution I believe you end up spending much less using such a quality product. You can also get this solution from a variety of online retailers. For example, GetLenses.co.uk has it from £14.70 per 2 bottle box (so £7.35 per bottle). If you are a member of Quidco then you can get an additional £10 off your first order.
This review is also on ciao under the same username.
Alcon Opti-Free Express.
When you wear contacts you have to make sure you have some decent solution to clean the contacts and I have found this type the perfect brand.
The best way to clean your contacts is by putting the contact in the palm of your hand, squirting some solution on and around it and rubbing gently with your little (and clean) finger. After doing this with this type of solution you will find that they become very clean and clear. It cleans off any marks and smudges from every day wear without irritation. Just to note, though, if the contact is totally drowned in the solution you will sometimes get some irritation when you first put it in your eye for the first few minutes. This I have found in all other solutions I have tried though.
The bottle size is 355ml which is a lot bigger than many other solutions though it is not cheap. You can usually pick this solution up for between £8-£20 depending on where you go though it is very long lasting.
I would fully recommend this solution though obviously the cost is something to consider.
I recently switched from daily contact lenses to bi-weekly silicone hydrogel lenses, so had to start using cleaning solutions. An optician friend of mine recommended Opti-free as a brand as they are safe to use with silicone hydrogel lenses. I bought Opti-free express from my local supermarket. It cost around £9 for quite a large bottle. When I opened the box I was pleasantly surprised to find a replacement contact lense case, which was an added bonus. The bottle itself is white and opaque, but if you hold it up to the light you can just about see how much solution is left, which is handy so you don't run out. What I really like about the solution is that its an all-in-one solution so you don't need any other solution. There's also no need to rub your contact lenses each night, as with some other solutions, although I do rub them now and again just to be through. I've never had any deposits on my lenses and you can even use the solution as a re-wetting solution if necessary. A large bottle tends to last me about 5-6 weeks, so it's pretty good value too. You can also get it in handy travel size bottles for going on holidays.
Alcon Opti-Free Express.
This stuff is good. Really good. If you wear contact lenses then you'll know just how important your solution is. If you use a cheap solution, your lenses feel gritty, your eyes water when putting them in and something all day just doesn't feel quite right.
Alcon's Opti-Free is extremly good at removing any protein or muck on your lenses and leaves them feeling like new again. They're much easier to put in and you can't feel them when they're in, which is how it should be.
Opti-Free comes in a much bigger bottle than most solutions at a rather large 355ml. It's a large white bottle which you cannot see through, with a green wrapper across it stating all of the information on how to use, ingredients etc. The nozzle is also very effective, it drips out only a small amount just enough to keep your lenses moist enough to put them in without having to waste lots in your hand.
The solution can be used with any type of contact lenses, I personally use EasyVision and Opti-Free cleans them without a single problem.
Dirty and gritty contact lenses can be seriously offputting, especially for someone who has only just started using them instead of glasses so make sure they stay clean and moist. Opti-Free will keep them in good order as long as you leave them in it overnight and just use a little to put your lenses in.
The only downfall with Opti-Free is the price. It's not cheap, i'll warn you now. A 355ml bottle ranges from £10-£20 and comes with only the solution and a small case for your lenses. Compared to the other cheaper solutions at around £3-£8 this does make it rather expensive.
If you can afford Opti-Free, I would reccomend it from personal use. It gets your lenses clean and makes them feel an awful lot better. Try it for yourself next time you change solutions, you can feel the difference between Opti-Free and any of the cheaper brands.