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I'm kind of 'blind as a bat' and I don't really like wearing my glasses as the lenses are a bit like milk bottle bottoms. They are quite heavy too, this is partly my fault though due to the frame that I chose this time, a large geek chic style plastic frame. The weight doesn't bother me really as I've always worn glasses right from being a toddler, it's people knowing how short sighted I really am when they see how thick my lenses are!
So I basically wear my contact lenses five or six days out of seven, and for probably an average of fourteen or fifteen hours a day. The only way that I'm able to wear my contact lenses for such long periods of time though is with the help of these Blink for contacts eye drops. I buy these from Boots, and I normally buy the box of 20 individual little vials. However last time I needed to buy more the Boots branch I went to only had the bottles in stock.
The bottle is a 10ml bottle, and it was £3.90. The bottle is better value for money than the vials, a packet of 20 vials is £5.49, and the total amount of solution in the 20 vials pack comes to 7ml, but I personally think that the individual vials are much more hygienic. I also think that the individual vials are handier for carrying about with you, I always have a few stashed in my handbag. Boots occasionally have the Blink drops on offer, either on '3 for 2', or on 'buy 1 get the second at half price'. Frustratingly at the moment though they're not on offer, so not only did I have to buy the bottle instead of the vials, I also had to pay full price. That'll teach me to run out won't it!
The Blink contacts eye drops are suitable for use with all types of contacts lenses; both the gas permeable lenses, and all of the different types of soft contact lenses including the daily disposable contact lenses. I wear a combination of both the monthly disposable contact lenses and the daily disposable contact lenses; I wear the monthly lenses on a day to day basis, and I wear the daily lenses on holiday or for weekends away or nights out for the convenience factor. I use these eye drops with both my monthly disposables and my daily disposables.
I would say that 80% of the time I use these drops is whilst wearing my contact lenses, however I do use these when just wearing my glasses as well, they are not just purely for contact lens wearers only. The eye drops are a very gentle formula and don't sting my eyes at all, either with or without my contact lenses in.
Normally when I wear my contact lenses my eyes can get a little dry and itchy towards the end of the day, sometimes even sooner than this if I'm in an air-conditioned office. When this happens I just pop a drop into each eye which solves the problem and relubricates my contact lenses and my eyes. I also use these on a night out if my eyes are getting tired, which they seem to do a lot quicker when I wear my contact lenses, again a drop in each eye will refresh and soothe my eyes.
I use these if I have dry or irritated eyes even when not wearing my contact lenses, and find that they are still just as soothing, and still give just as instant relief. I always use these on a long haul flight as I find that flying does leave me with dry itchy eyes, once again a drop in each eye will relieve the irritation and put the moisture back into my eyes. These are also handy for if you get a piece of grit or something in your eye to effectively wash it out, in this instance I use maybe 3 or 4 drops in the affected eye to flush whatever it is out.
Obviously it should go without saying that you shouldn't share the opened bottle with anyone else. If you are using these with contact lenses then you use them with your contact lenses in, there's no need to remove your lenses first to use the drops. You basically just drop one to two drops into each eye as required. I find that one drop from the bottle is really quite big and fat, it's a much bigger drop than one drop from the vials, so one drop from the bottle is more than adequate for each eye for me. I blink a few times after I've popped each drop in, to help disperse the solution around my eye, and more importantly under my contact lens if I'm wearing my lenses. I find that the soothing effect that I get from these eye drops is really long lasting, and a rarely need to use the drops a second time per day.
I've been using Blink contacts eye drops for longer than I care to remember, and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. They enable me to wear my contact lenses for much longer than I would be able to otherwise, without them I'd probably only manage around seven to eight hours a day, whereas with them I can comfortably wear my contact lenses for up to fifteen or sixteen hours a day. They are also just perfect in general for dry, irritated or tired eyes at any time, and they really do relieve and freshen up my eyes. I much prefer the vials over the bottles, for hygiene reasons. However if you do like the bottle concept than they the bottles work out to be cheaper. I would purchase the bottle again if I couldn't get hold of the vials; I'd rather buy the drops that I'm happy with in a bottle than try new drops in a vial that I may not get actually along with.
==Blink AMO Soothing Eye Drops For Contact Lens Wearers==
There is nothing worse than having dry and sore eyes and I must admit to be really prone to this especially nearing the end of a long day looking at the computer. This doesn't happen so much on the days that I opt not to wear my contact lenses and have my glasses on so its those little discs of rubbery material covering my eyes that are to blame for the dry irritation.
To make sure that my eyes stay moist and comfortable I have a vast array of different eye lubricants to use at home, at work and when out and about. It seems I have a different bottle of eye drops in most of my handbags (I have a lot of those) and bottles in draws and generally kicking about everywhere. They all have a use by date on them but to be fair when I have used the ones that have been open over the recommended time frame and even run over the use by date I have never had any adverse affects.
This bottle of Blink Soothing Eye Drops can be found in a lot of different stores such as Supermarkets and Chemists and as per usual I bought my little bottle from Boots for around the £4 mark. Its not cheap but for branded eye drops this is about the right price. You only get a small 10 ml of the product in the bottle but again this is standard with most bottles of eye drops, branded or not.
These Blink eye drops are designed for use with contact lenses and doesn't' matter is you have soft daily, fortnightly or monthly lenses and can even be used with gas permeable lenses as well and you don't have to have your contacts out when using the drops either. They are specially made for dry and irritated eye to sooth and aid the smoothness of blinking (which isn't always easy when you have dry eyes). The packaging of the little bottle is a small cardboard box and this gives all the necessary product information that you would expect such as ingredients and the like. This box however has since long gone and as soon as I open the bottle this aspect gets thrown away as there is all the important information still printed on the mall plastic bottle.
The bottle itself is sealed tight on first opening so that you know it hasn't already been tampered with before you using it which is nice to know and be safe especially as the bottle is going near a very delicate area. The pointed nozzle of the bottle is pretty standard and when held upside down the bottle slowly releases a drop at a time nice and slowly just as you need it to.
I find these drops are actually one of the better drops I use and although I have always been under the impression that eye drops are just eye drops no matter what there brand is, it seems these ones actually do work better than the noon branded ones and possibly even my bottle of Optrex. These drops seem to work very quickly as the other brand do but also these have a slight better lasting effect than the others. Yes they do the same job at making the eyes feel cooler, more moist and a lot more comfortable to keep open but the best thing is that it seems I need to reapply these drops far less than the others I have and even when using them whilst still working at the computer I find they keep the moisture on my eye well and last optically very well.
On the whole I find these eye drops from Blink really very good. They work well at soothing and easing the discomfort of dry and sore eyes but also seem to work for a long period after they have been used and this seems to be far better than other drops. Therefore with all this in mind I can only give a top score of 5 out of 5 stars for these drops and an exceptionally high recommendation. I will probably opt for these next time I am needing to replenish my stocks of drops.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Being a contact lens wearer I am occasionally prone to dry eyes. This usually only happens if I've been wearing them for several hours and as I don't wear them every day I've never thought of it as enough of a problem to do anything about. It's the sort of thing I would tend suffer in silence with, without really thinking about it.
This changed last year when I decided to order my lenses from a new online supplier, (Postoptics). As part of my order they sent out a free 10ml bottle of Blink contacts, eye drops for wearers of soft or RGP, (rigid gas permeable), lens wearers. I put it in my bag, then forgot about it for several months, until one evening not that long ago when my eyes were feeling a bit irritated I remembered I had it and used it for the first time.
The bottle is dropper shaped. You simply tilt your head back, pull your lower lid down slightly and and squeeze a drop or two in. One drop is enough, there's about a seconds worth of blurring but blink a couple of times and it's gone. Don't touch your eye with the bottle and don't let the tip of the bottle come into contact with other surfaces either, put the lid straight back on. You should also wash your hands before and after use.
The effect is instantly soothing. The drops help re moisten the surface of the eye and remove the discomfort that can come with wearing lenses. I couldn't be more pleased with the results of using these. The only problem for me is remembering I have them! I have been out recently and had dry eyes, but put up with it until I could get home and remove my lenses, totally forgetting that I had a bottle of Blink solution in my bag. This is probably because eye irritation occurs so rarely for me, which also means that I don't get a great deal of use out of these drops. Even so, when it does occur it's not nice, so I would think about buying it again.
I do think it's a product that should be rarely needed. If I was getting enough eye irritation so that I needed to use this a lot I wouldn't bother wearing contact lens, or would assume that there was some other problem, perhaps with the type of lens or solution I was using. Contact lens shouldn't be uncomfortable.
Contact lens wearers will know that occasionally when putting a lens in the eye, if there's the tiniest piece of grit or make-up it can cause a scratchy sensation on the eye, I usually remove the lens reclean it and pop it in again, but I've found that a drop of this can do the job instead. The manufacturers website, (www.amo-inc.com), reminds me that you can put a drop of this on your lens before insertion, to 'cushion the lenses.' I've never felt the need to do this, but perhaps other contact lens wearers may find that information useful.
I have had this bottle in my bag for several months and I am now wondering if it should be thrown out as it's been open for a while. The expiry date on my bottle is 2012, but once opened I don't know if they are supposed to be used up within a certain length of time. It doesn't say on the bottle and I have searched several websites to try and find out, but for some reason it's hard information to find. I've long since disposed of the box and leaflet that came with these but I would imagine all the necessary information should still be available online.
Blink Contacts are made by AMO, (Abbott Medical Optics formerly Advanced Medical Optics), a global company who I'd never heard of until I researched this product. Abbott Laboratories have operated in the UK for about 70 years. AMO specialize in eye technology from eye drops to laser treatment technology and treatment for cataracts.
The ingredients for anyone who wants to check whether they're allergic to any of the contents: "Blink Contacts® Lubricating Eye Drops is a sterile, buffered, isotonic, preserved solution. This aqueous formulation includes purified water, sodium hyaluronate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, boric acid and is preserved with OcuPure® preservative (stabilized oxychloro complex 0.005%). This preparation contains no chlorhexidine, no thimerosal and no other mercury containing ingredients."
Further research tells me that OcuPure, (SOC), is considered a 'disappearing preservative' because when exposed to light it breaks down into water and sodium chloride, which are already present in natural tears.
There are a range of 'Blink' eye drops, but these ones are specifically formulated for use with contact lens. I would recommend them for anyone who suffers any sort of discomfort whilst wearing their contact lens. I imagine it would be fine to use them when your lenses aren't in as well, if you feel the need. There are all sorts of reasons for eyes becoming dry, and drops can be helpful, but if you ever have a pain in your eye, forget about eye drops and go and see your GP.
Blink Contacts eye drops can be bought over the counter in chemists such as Boots, Superdrug, and in supermarket pharmacies. A 10ml bottle will currently set you back £4.19 in Boots, but they are also available in boxes of 20 x 0.35ml for £4.39 which would probably be the best option for someone like myself who doesn't use them very often.
I don't wear contacts very often. I have the one-a-day disposable types that I wear on special occasions or when on holiday. When I do wear contacts, I find that towards the end of the day my eyes start to feel tight and quite tired. Disposable contact lenses shouldn't be worn for more than 7 hours at a time, but sometimes when you're out and about it is difficult to change them so the contacts start to dry your eyes out. For situation like these I used to carry a bottle of eye-drops, which worked a treat in soothing my eyes and making dried out contacts easier to remove. However the frustrating thing for me was that the eye drops, once opened, must be used within a month. I never wear contacts enough times to get through even half a bottle so this was such a waste.
When on holiday recently my friend had a pack of blinks contacts soothing eye drops with her. I was really impressed with the fact that each box contains 20 individual pods, each with a dose of eye drops that is enough for both eyes. Ideal for my situation! I spotted these in Boots last week, priced around £4.35 and bought a pack. They have a long shelf-life - my pack will last until Jan 2011 and I'm sure I'll wear my contacts often enough to use these up. The box looks a little different to the picture given. The front of the pack has a picture of a large pupil and iris with the blink logo. The product states that it will refresh dry tired eyes that contact lens wearers suffer from. They are also suitable for use whilst wearing the contact lenses which is also handy. Each pod contains 0.35ml of solution composed of sodium hyaluronate (0.15%).
I used these for the first time today, just after I'd removed my contacts, and thought they were great. To use twist the seal on the pod to open it. The pod itself is shaped like a cone making it easy to hold and apply the drops. I tilted my head back, put a couple of drops into my eyes and blinked. A few seconds later I could feel the tiredness/tightness in my eyes start to disappear. Overall I am really impressed with the product. In terms of soothing the eyes they are no better or worse than other eye drops I have tried but I think the individual pods is a fantastic idea and great for occasional contact wearers like me. I shall definately be buying again!
I wear contact lenses and sometimes I get really dry eyes which make me want to itch my eyes and thus making my contacts eventually come out. I asked my eye doctor what I could do about this and he recommended Blink contacts.
Blink contacts are soothing eye drops that are said to provide refreshment from dry, tired eyes for contact lens wearers. That sounded like just the thing I needed. I actually bought them from the Vision Express store but you can get them in Boots too which is good.
The eye drops come in individual little plastic capsules. They break apart from each other and then the top of the capsule breaks off to allow you to get to the eye drop liquid. It is shaped like a bottle with a small opening at the top which makes it really easy to add the drops to your eyes. Each capsule contains 0.35ml of liquid and there are 20 in a box. A box of 20 from Boots costs £4.39. I find that one capsule will be enough for both eyes at any one application. I also do not use them everyday, really only when my eyes feel dry or a couple of times a week so if you take this into consideration a pack of 20 will last for about a month or just over.
What I really love about these eye drops is that you can use them when you already have your contacts in your eyes, it is completely safe to do so. I find this great at the end of the day if I have quite tired eyes but do not want to take my contacts out or change them, I just add some of these drops and I get that wetness feeling back in my eyes again which is great. Blink do say that for extra comfort you can add 1 or 2 drops on each contact lense before putting them in your eyes too so there are different ways to use this product.
The drops are easy to apply. Like I said the packaging already makes the liquid very easy to come out and gives you an easy way to apply to your eyes. What's great is that you do have to give the capsule a little squeeze when you have it right near your eye so the liquid does not pour out and go all over the place like some do that you get in bottles. Once the drops are in your eyes, blink a few times to wash your eyes and you are done.
All in all, it's a product I recommend.