Product Type: Boots in Contact Lenses
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Place Into Mine Eyes, Oh Drops of Heaven
Boots Comforting Eye Drops
Member Name: TheChocolateLady
Boots Comforting Eye Drops
Advantages: Don't sting, work quickly, last long
Disadvantages: Slightly expensive, but not more than some
There’s 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 you’re 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), I’ve tried many different products to help relieve my sore, tired eyes. For instance, I’ve 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 I’ve 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 aren’t 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 he’d stumbled upon the absolute best eye drops we’ve 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 you’ll find the expiration date clearly written in black. That’s a very important piece of information to have on the bottle. I don’t 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 you’re 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 I’ve noticed that there are some new products on the market that are advertised as eye ‘gels’, so a liquid form of eye drop isn’t anything innovative. They don’t 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 I’m sure I could find something more economical, couldn’t 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 I’m 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, I’ve found that they sooth my eyes immediately and keep them feeling good for hours and hours. If that isn’t enough of a testimony, I just don’t know what is. I can’t recommend this product highly enough, so I’ll 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.
Summary: An excellent eye drop that you don't have to use too often to make your eyes feel better