“ Boots / 360 ml. „
Most high street supermarkets and pharmacy shops now stock their own brand of many products, and saline solution is no exception. generally speaking, the specialist companies such as Bausch & Lomb or ReNu make superior products, but you also end up paying through the nose for the product, and it works out at around 3p per 1ml of product. Own brand products such as this one from Boots works out at around 1p per 1ml, a much better deal when you consider that a standard bottle is around the 360ml mark.
Price difference is important, but it's the value for money that's the important element, so is saving a small chunk of money worth it when it comes to looking after your eyes? Well, I suppose it really depends on how often you wear your lenses. If like me you don't tend to wear them all that often, then it may be enough to buy a bottle of this solution and have done with it. If I was wearing my lenses all the time though, I'd be much more inclined to fork out a bit more to ensure I was getting one of the best products available.
Boots' own brand products have always been somewhat more decent than other places, in my experience and opinion. This one is no exception. Quite often with own brands you experience a dip in quality for much of the smaller elements, such as the screw top or how easy or hard it is to squeeze the bottle. This particular solution is in a squeezy bottle with a nozzle that squirts the liquid out. It's fine to squeeze, and the nozzle ejects the solution at an acceptable rate. I've used better bottles, but I've also certainly used worse ones too.
The solution itself seems pretty standard. It cleans the lenses rather well, but takes a touch more effort and time than with the specialist products. This doesn't really bother me. It's always taken me a while to get my lenses in and that will never change, but one thing that doesn't happen with this product that did with others is how quickly it can dry up while I'm failing miserably to get the blinking thing onto my eye. Putting a contact lens in can be a bit of a chore, and after you eye starts watering it's even more of a pain to get it in. This solution, luckily, seems to ensure the lens retains the bulk of the moisture when you take it out of the solution.
It lasts quite well and doesn't seem to diminish in quality as you progress down the bottle. I can't remember the last time I finished a bottle of solution before the recommended use by date (not the date, but how long after opening it stays usable for), and I usually replace with a different product to try and make comparisons. I'm yet to find a winner between the quality and the affordability, although I tend to go for the cheaper brands because of the infrequency with which I use it.
Overall then, this is a decent product. It's not the best, it's not the worst, it's actually one of the best of the cheaper bunch, especially in terms of the quality of the bottle and dispensing nozzle. You're still better off buying a specialist product if you need to use solution regularly, but if like me you only use your lenses occasionally, then this is easily good enough. Recommended.
Sterile Saline solution is a pretty indispensible item if you wear contact lenses, it has loads of different uses, and it's something I definitely wouldn't be without.
You can use saline on all types of contacts lenses; 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 saline on both my monthly disposables and my daily disposables.
I buy the Boots own brand sterile saline, it comes in a 360ml bottle, and costs £3.63. I find that the bottle will last me on average about two months. The saline comes in a plastic squeezy bottle, you just remove the lid and squeeze the bottle to dispense the saline; a gentle squeeze will dispense a small amount of saline and a hard squeeze will dispense a steady jet of saline. The Boots brand saline is preservative free.
I use the saline in the following ways:
I use the saline to rinse my lenses each morning before I put them in. You don't actually need to do this, you can normally just insert your lenses from the overnight cleaning solution. But I find that occasionally this can make my eyes sting in the morning, I don't have much time in the mornings anyway and the last thing I need is stinging, red, sore eyes to deal with! I find that giving each lens a quick rinse with saline before I put it in means that it's instantly comfortable.
I also use the saline to fill my lens case to store my lenses if I'm just taking them out for a couple of hours, and then will want to pop them back in. Most cleaning solutions will need you to store the lenses for a minimum number of hours before you can put them back in, sometimes I don't have that amount of time I just want to give my eyes a rest from my lenses for an hour or two and then be able to put them back in to maybe go out for dinner or something.
On long days I will actually take my contact lens case out with me in my handbag, just in case anything unforseen happens and I do need to remove my contact lenses. I will fill my lens case with saline beforehand so that I've got something to put my lenses into - especially if it's my monthly disposable lenses and I'm only on day one. This doesn't matter so much if it's a pair of my daily disposable lenses that I'm wearing though.
I always rinse my contact lens case after each use with saline, and I then leave it to air dry. I'm not a fan of using tap water to rinse my case as there's all sorts of nasty bacteria in tap water and I don't want that anywhere near anything that I'm going to put in my eyes.
If I happen to drop a contact lens whilst handling it then I would give it a quick rinse with a squirt of saline. Also if my lenses were getting a little bit dry from handling (sometimes when I'm getting ready and half asleep in the mornings it can take a few goes to get each lens in!) then again I would give it a quick rinse with a squirt of saline to rehydrate the lens.
The Boots saline solution is really gentle, and doesn't sting or irritate my eyes in any way at all. I've tried many different brands of saline, and they are all pretty similar. I tend to buy the Boots one the most as I'm always in Boots stocking up on items, and obviously you get Advantage Card points on your purchases. I've been using saline with my contact lenses for longer than I care to remember, and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. As I mentioned I do think that it's a pretty indispensible item to have when you wear contact lenses.
==Boots Sterile Saline==
Going through stages of wearing monthly disposables or daily disposables means that I seen to have such a collection of contact lens related items and having a clear out I came across this bottle of Sterile Saline from Boots which is now out of date and needs to be thrown away.
This solution is of course only available from Boots but it is in most of their stores and doesn't cost too much. At £3.63 pence for a very large bottle of 360 ml you seem to really get your monies worth when buying this product.
The main reason I purchased this was for my monthly disposable lenses which need cleaning off regularly and really looking after in order for them to be clear and comfortable to wear. This solution is perfect for giving the lenses a rinse off before they go in the special solution and lens case overnight.
The solution is a clear water like product which is preservative free and has no dour to it. It is suitable for all types of contact lenses and for all intense and purposes it could be tap water (expensive tap water) for the general look at it. It does however seem to do a good job at washing my lenses of all the smudge marks and impurities and the solution on the whole seems to work really well. It is not a product which is suitable for the overall washing of lenses and a proper cleaning solution should be used in conjunction with this product.
The design of the bottle is adequate for the way the item is used and the overall look of the bottle is pretty basic but this is really all you need in order for you to know what the product is and how the solution works.
The only downside with a product such as this is the relatively short date life of the solution to ensure that the product stays sterile and of course the bottle I have still has a good deal in but is a couple of years past the use by date. It is now going into the bin!
Overall I feel that it is an expensive bottle of product, what is more of less water, but as with a lot of contact lens related items these all seem to be expensive and therefore this bottle is no different. You do get a good deal of solution for your money but the short date life seems to mean that you have to use it really quickly in order to be able to use all of the solution.
However as far as this product goes I can't really fault it apart from being expensive for what it is and I feel a score of 4 out of 5 stars is more than appropriate. If you need it then this is a good one to chose and I would recommend it.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Recently, after changing to Specsavers as the provider of my contact lenses, I have been having a lot of problems. Nothing to do with Specsavers at all, but to do with both their solution (which didn't agree with my eyes) and a new type of lens. On my last check up in Specsavers, my eyes were stinging and smarting after putting in my contact lenses in the morning, and they were still like that when I got to Specsavers.
The optometrist in Specsavers, who was very efficient, came to the same conclusion that I did, that my eyes did not like the solution that they had provided, and she also told me that my eyes were quite dry. One thing that she recommended that I do was to buy saline, in order to rinse my lenses before putting them into my eyes.
I headed off to Boots, and bought this travel size (100ml) bottle of Boots Saline sterile, which cost me £1.99, although a larger bottle is more costly.
On the front of this bottle, the label is a purple colour and it states that this saline 'rinses' and is 'for all types of contact lenses'. Now my lenses are soft lenses for montly use.
On the reverse of the bottle, it states that this solution 'can be used for rinsing contact lens solutions from your lenses, rehydrating them bfore disinfection and insertion into the eye and dissolving Boots Protein Remover Tablets'. There is also a lengthy list of when not to use the product including things such as 'do not use with chlorine disinfecting tablets' and 'do not squirt into the eyes directly from the bottle'.
I have now used this saline solution for a few days, and am very pleased with its effectiveness. I was getting terrible stinging in my eyes, because I do think there was still some of the proper cleaning solution left on my lens, and so I have been rinsing them in this solution before inserting them in my eyes, and I have noticed a difference. Although I have reverted back to RENU multi purpose solution for cleansing and disinfecting purposes, I still think it is good to give my lenses a rinse in the morning before inserting them in my eyes, and they certainly feel very comfortable when I put them in . There is absolutely no stinging when I put them in, and although you do not necessarily need to use this product all the time, I think it is a great thing to have, when you do feel there is a lot of the proper solution left on your lens, and you want to give them a good rinse before putting them in your eye. So, all in all, a great product.