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I have been wearing contact lenses for many years and have chronic dry eye syndrome. Over the years I have tried every eye drop on the market in an attempt to find some relief to the gritty, itchy feeling and to stop my contacts from drying up and falling out.
Systane was recommended to me by a hospital doctor who told me that it was the best on the market. As an oil based eye drop, it coats the eye and stays there for far longer than the water based drops, which simply evaporate the minute you put them in.
I did have some concerns as nowhere on the bottle does it say that Systane is suitable for use with contact lenses, however the doctor advised me that it was and I have now been using this product for several months. The instant soothing feeling when the drops go in is bliss and these truly do keep my eyes and my lenses moist for longer than any of the other drops which I have tried.
These are expensive at almost £8 a bottle but you will use half the amount compared to the cheaper drops that you are putting in all the time. Overall these are a good buy for anybody suffering with dry eyes, through contact lens wear or otherwise.
Working on a computer most of the day whilst I am work, my eyes are under regular strain - and naughty that I am, my optician says I don't blink enough through the day, which means I have a tendency to have dry eyes quite often as they are not being naturally moisturised by blinking.
She recommended that I use these Systane eye drops, which are (supposed to be) a little better than the normal stuff you pick up in the shops. It cost me £8 for a little 10ml bottle, which is quite pricey, but then again, I don't mind spending a bit extra money if its something that's good for me.
Systane is supposed to be better in terms of providing long lasting moisture as once the liquid hits your eyes, it turns into a gel which means it stays on the surface of your eyes longer, and gives extra lubrication and moisture.
One thing I am unsure of is if they are suitable for use with contact lenses - my optician said they are, but nowhere on the instructions in the box (or on their website) does it say they are suitable. Just to be safe, I use these at the end of the day when I take my lenses out, which suits me fine anyway as its nice to have a complete cooling effect and give my eyes a rest without any lenses in.
Branding wise, Systane isn't all that exciting, with a dark blue and green design, and it doesn't really jump out at you. However, it's quite no-nonsense and glancing at it, its quite easily recognisable from the box that it is an eye product.
The bottle the drops comes in is quite straightforward, you just need to turn the lid firmly to break the seal when you open it for the first time, and it is easy to store once you have opened it. They recommend you throw it away 6 months after opening it, so its important to make a note of when you opened it.
I tend to use these drops most days, and my optician has noticed a definite improvement from using it. my eyes definitely feel more clean and clear, give a great cooling effect, and I don't really get any irritation anymore from grit etc. I think this is a combination of using the drops and taking good care of my contact lenses.
The main drawback of these is the price, and the fact you cannot buy it in places like Boots, but only in specialist opticians and perhaps certain pharmacies. I did buy some online through amazon recent for about £6.40 a bottle, which is a bit cheaper than my opticians. Beware buying from places where you might not be sure what the expiry date is on the bottle.
If you prefer, you can find these drops in single dose vials, which is perhaps more hygienic as you are opening a fresh one each time, but as I use them regularly anyway, I find the multi-dose bottle works best for me.