“ Manufacturer: Boots / Lens Type: Drops „
I work in an office and over the course of a day, the room can become very dry and the air very warm, which is not good news for the eyes. Added to the problem is the fact that I wear contact lenses which I often take out in the afternoon as they have become so uncomfortable by then.
I purchased Boots Comforting Eye Drops to use straight after I had taken out my lenses, in the hope that these would refresh my eyes again.
I was a little disappointed with the product. Whilst they are very easy to use and they were comfortable when first went in, I tended to find that the effects wore off rather quickly and that I would be reaching for the bottle again within a half hour of having put them in for the first time. Whilst it is not unsafe to use these drops several times a day, it is expensive and for this reason, I ended up finishing the bottle and then trying a different brand.
==Boots Comforting Eye Drops==
Being a contact lens wearer my eyes seem to get sore very quickly throughout the day especially if I am in smoky atmospheres or using a lot of computer which I do a lot of both! There really is nothing much to help the eyes other than a messy eye bath (where you can't have lenses in) or some nice eye drops.
I carry around eye drops with me no matter where I am going and always have a bottle if not two in my handbag at any one time. If I do by chance forget to put a bottle in my bag I will more often than not need to go out and buy a bottle.
The Boots comforting Eye Drops are one of the cheaper alternative to buying the branded drops which are, in my opinion, well over priced. Although it is not a vast difference in price, the Boots drops are cheaper at £3.75 p for a small 10 ml bottle of the solution that for all intents and purposes could be water and more or less is!
The design of the bottle is pretty much standard and the bottle comes housed within an outer cardboard box where all the information in written on such as ingredients and directions for use ect. Inside the box there is an small information leaflet which gives more information on the product and having read it the very first time I bought this product I can't say I have read it since of kept it while I use the product. Both the sheet inside and the outer cardboard box go straight into the bin when I open the eye drops bottle.
The bottle of eye drops is sealed and need to be screwed open the first time you use. This protection seal is a good ideal so you know that no one has had the drops anywhere near there eyes or indeed tampered with the product. The shape of the nib under the screw cap is more or less standard with all the other drops I have used and has a nice shaped nib which allows the drops to be pointed at the area of eye where the drops can drip in and slide across the surface of the eye.
The bottle is easy to use and once upside down doesn't even need any squeezing at all for the drops to flow from the nib. I think comparing this Tesco eye drops to other branded bottles I would have to say that I feel the hole in the nib is slightly larger and the drops in fact flow a little faster than I am used to and more often than not two drops of the solution will fall in quick succession and be too much. I do prefer the solution to come out one drop at a time because for me I feel unless I have something in my eye one drops is more than enough to give me that relief of hot, sore eyes and enough lubrication to easy to drying of my lenses.
The drops however feel just as good as any other drops when first dipped onto the eye ball. They have an instant cooling affect and the relief is so nice that I can't help a little smile as I use them. They give great lubrication to my lenses and work well at making my eyes a little bit more human again when I have really sore ones.
I can't say that the affects of the drops has any real long lasting affects as reapplication with this Boots eye drops product is much more likely than the branded one or even the Superdrug own bran eye drops I have tried. These are not the best eye drops you can get but they do have that instant relief that makes it still worth buying them for.
The drops are suitable for all types of contact lenses wearers including those who have hard gas permeable lenses and those who have the soft lenses. You can even buy the drops if you don't use contacts and just generally have sore eyes so I would say that they are an all round type of drop that you really can't go wrong with. Okay so they are not the best but they are cheaper than most (slightly) and do the job for a short space of time.
All in all I feel these drops are only minimally different from the branded ones and for that reason I feel a score of 4 out of 5 stars and a recommendation is still very much on the cards. When you have sore eyes you'll pretty much want to try anything anyway!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Theres nothing worse for a contact lens wearer than getting something in your eye. Almost as bad is when your eyes get dry and irritated when youre tired or have been working long hours on your computer. Sometimes, even a bout of dry weather can cause problems with my lenses. And certainly one culprit is air conditioning and heating - especially on airplanes or long drives in your car. There is very little one can do to help you survive until you can remove your lenses and rest your eyes. But one solution is to find a good eye drop that will give you temporary relief.
Over the years of wearing contact lenses (I got my first pair in the summer of 1974), Ive tried many different products to help relieve my sore, tired eyes. For instance, Ive used Visine from the US which is fairly reasonably priced at $5 for one fluid ounce (29ml) and claims to have three moisturizers. All well and good but Ive found that after using these drops, about an hour or so later I need to use them again. This means to me that this particular product has something in it which actually makes my eyes feel dryer in the long-run. My belief is that Visine may have a preservative in it that causes this problem.
Another manufacturer, Bausch & Lomb, who make the wetting and conditioning solutions that I use (see my Boston Advance op), have a slew of products from re-wetting drops to computer eye drops to sensitive eyes drops. Their prices are usually sky high, and none of them have really done me any real long-term good. Many other products on the market arent recommended for contact lens wearers and both I and my husband went from product to product without finding anything that really worked well. That is, until we found Boots Comfort Drops about five years ago.
It was quite by accident, really. My husband was in England and he was having some problems with his eyes (something that happens quite often to him). He stopped into Boots and found these drops. Little did he realize that hed stumbled upon the absolute best eye drops weve ever tried.
Much like all eye drops, these come in a small, plastic container that has a simple screw-off top which covers the applicator. Boots Comfort Drops come in a 15ml, plain, white bottle with a simple silvery-gray label around its belly um bottle, with white writing on it. Of course, the famous blue oval with the Boots logo appears quite prominently among all the silver-gray and white. Along the side youll find the expiration date clearly written in black. Thats a very important piece of information to have on the bottle. I dont see people keeping the box that this comes in once they start using the product. I can remember a time when I bought one eye drop in the US that only had the expiration date on the box. I kept it for quite some time and used it once when it must have been past its date and soon got an eye infection!
By now youre probably wondering what it is about these drops that make such a difference. Certainly you apply them just the same way as you would any other drop - by tipping your head back holding your lid open and dripping 2-3 drops in each eye. And Ive noticed that there are some new products on the market that are advertised as eye gels, so a liquid form of eye drop isnt anything innovative. They dont sting your eyes when you put them in, but not all drops sting either. And its not like the price of this is all that cheap. At £3.29 for that 15ml Im sure I could find something more economical, couldnt I?
Actually, although the price is a tiny bit steep, I really think its worth it because instead of using these drops over and over and over again during a bad-eye-day, I only need to use it once and then Im fine. For example, when I have a cold, my eyes get very dry from the medications I take, and if I use these, they feel better right away. Here in Israel, we get sand storms during the spring and fall. Those can drive a lens wearer totally crazy. A drop of these in each eye gets rid of the grit and eases the pain almost immediately. And when I get my sinus headaches, I tend to rub my eyes (yes, I know I shouldn't) and that makes them red and irritated. While these drops can't ease the pain in my head, they do help my eyes to stay clear enough to get through whatever I need to do until I can take out my lenses and crawl into bed. All-in-all, I guess it is one of those instances of you get what you pay for.
In general, ever since I started using these drops, Ive found that they sooth my eyes immediately and keep them feeling good for hours and hours. If that isnt enough of a testimony, I just dont know what is. I cant recommend this product highly enough, so Ill have to give it the full five stars.
Thanks for reading!
Davida Chazan © February 2003, updated April 2006
You can find this product on the Boots website at:
One 15ml bottle costs £3.29. According to the bottle, this is made in Belgium for The Boots Company, PLC of Nottingham England.
According to that web page, "Boots comforting eye drops provide effective and long lasting relief, moisturising and soothing dry and tired eyes". On the bottle it says they may be used for rewetting of all rigid gas permeable and soft contact lenses, including daily extended wear and disposable.
Boots comforting eye drops provide effective and long lasting relief, moisturising and soothing dry and tired eyes.