Product Type: AMO in Contact Lenses
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Blink and the Dryness has Gone!
Blink Contacts Eye Drops
Member Name: Meggysmum
Blink Contacts Eye Drops
Advantages: Convenient dose units, effective
Disadvantages: Expensive if you need to use them a lot.
Many years ago I tried wearing gas-permeable contact lenses and I could not get on with them at all and I was told that I have poor tear production. Contact lenses have moved on a lot since then and I now have daily disposable lenses that I use for high days and holidays. My vision isn't corrected enough to wear them all the time but I do like to have the option of using them occasionally. However my tear product is now even worse than it used to be so I do find that, in some circumstance, I need drops to make my eyes more comfortable.
The problem with many eye drops is they contain preservatives to provide protection from infection when using the bottle multiple times. This is brilliant from a health point of view but the preservatives can be absorbed by the lenses and cause damage. This isn't a huge problem with daily lenses but since the bottle has to be thrown away after a month usually then it is not very cost effective if, like me, you only need to use the product occasionally.
I decided that I would look for a product that would be more suitable and came across the Blink range of single use eye drops. There are various products in the range but the Contacts one immediately caught my eye. At £5 a box these aren't cheap but I bought them at Boots so I did get my Advantage card points as well.
The Blink products are all packaged in white boxes with a circle design that immediately makes you think of an eye. The packs are colour coded and the Blinks contact consists of a blue circle and a green band at the bottom.
The blurb on the box refers to these as soothing eye drop that are specifically formulated for contact lens wearers and will refresh dry, tired eyes. It clearly states that the product is preservative free and the active ingredient is Sodium hyaluronate which is a lubricant. These are suitable for wearers of all types of lenses and they don't have to be removed first.
Upon opening the box I found 4 strips of 5 plastic containers. Each container consists of a small plastic vial with a flat plastic lid. Each vial could be easily snapped away from its neighbour. The vials look almost empty which isn't really surprising since they only contain 0.35ml in each one. The plastic of the vial is clear and soft. The flat top gives the product name and also has the expiry date printed on the back which I think is useful since I often carry one or two loose in the car or my bag and it is nice to know that they are still in date.
To open the vial you simply twist the flat cap and it comes away leaving a small hole in the top of the vial. Putting these in your eye is very simple, I tend to try and put them near to the inside corner of my eye and then blink slowly to disperse them across my eye or I pull down the lower lid and squeeze a drop or two in there being careful not to touch the dropper on to the eye.. Since the vial is small it is easy to hold it over the eye and squeeze gently to remove the drops. I can get about 4 small drops from a vial which means that one will be enough for both eyes. You should throw the container away immediately and not try to keep any solution for later in case it gets contaminated.
As soon as the drops hit my eye I feel a cooling sensation and my eyes start to feel more comfortable. Due to the lack of preservative I do not find that these sting at all when put into my eyes even if they are very sore and red. Once the surface of my eye has been lubricated and my lenses rehydrated my eyes tend to feel comfortable for several more hours. I find them particularly helpful when I am in a lot of air-conditioned places on holiday as the atmosphere seems to dry my lenses very quickly.
Sometimes I have found my lenses to be perfectly comfortable but when I have come to take them out at the end of the day I find they are dry and have stuck fast to my eye. These drops are extremely useful then as I pop them in my eye, blink a few times; wait 2 minutes and then my lenses come out comfortably. It says on the leaflet inside that you can put a couple of drops onto the inside of your lens before inserting it but I never have any discomfort when first wearing mine so I have not bothered.
I have also found these drops to be generally soothing even when not wearing my lenses. I have two cats and unfortunately I do suffer allergies because of them. I am ok unless they scratch me or if I ouch my eyes after stroking them. If I haven't washed my hands and inadvertently touch my eyes I start to get an intense itching which I can't help but rub which just makes matters worse. I have discovered that if I empty the contents of a whole vial straight in to my eye as soon as I realise what I have done I can often prevent my eye swelling up and going red. I think the fluid must wash the allergens out before they take hold and the cooling effect keeps the redness away.
This washing out has also been useful when we have been on holiday and someone has managed to rub their eyes after applying sun cream and we are nowhere near a tap to wash their eyes out.
I have found these really useful to keep at home but I also tend to carry a few with me. There are a couple in the car and some in my handbag. This means that I can always use them quickly. My daughter wears fortnightly lenses so the preservatives in drops are more of an issue for her so these are ideal. She also carries a couple around with her as you never know when you may get something in your eye that will irritate your lenses and these do a great job of washing stuff out of your eye as well as just making them more comfortable.
I would recommend these to anyone who wears contact lenses as they just add that extra comfort when needed. I don't use them every time I have my lenses in but it is nice to know that they are conveniently available when I need them.
Summary: A great comfort boost for lens wearers