I love Optrex Actimist eye spray as it is just so convenient but Clarymist eye spray is just that little bit better than the Actimist in my opinion for actually relieving dry eyes.
Clarymist (well actually it isn't actually called Clarymist it's called eye logic now after they changed the name) is a spray than works in the same way as eye drops do to relieve tired, dry and sore eyes but it has the added benefit of being easier to apply and is a god send to those of us who don't actually like putting drops in our eyes.
To use eye logic all you have to do is close your eyes and press down on the spray to release a fine spray of the liquid. This fine mist then penetrates through to your eyes through the lash line and relieves the symptoms of dryness. It is completely safe to wear with contacts and can be also be used safely even if eye make-up is on the eye lids.
For me the benefit of an eye spray as opposed to using traditional drops is twofold. I appreciate the convenience of them as I can spray my eye anywhere and at any time whereas with eye drops I need to stop whatever I'm doing to be able to put them in. Also with some eye drops they can sting a little and make my eyes go red and tear up for a few minutes after using them whereas I find that eye logic spray is really gentle and doesn't cause my eyes to sting or feel irritated.
The down side with this spray is that is isn't quite as lubricating as traditional drops are. You are only supposed to need one spray for this to lubricate your eyes but I do find that I need at least three and sometimes four depending on how dry my eyes are to begin with to get enough moisture into my eyes to stop them from feeling sore and itchy. It also doesn't last as long as traditional drops and I find that I have to re spray several times throughout the day. It does however give a slightly longer lasting feeling of lubrication than the similar Actimist.
The other downside of this spray is the price. It costs double and even triple what some traditional eye drops do and is in the region of £11.99 for a bottle. Out of the bottle you do get 100 sprays but for me it still isn't fantastic value. If not for it being so convenient then I probably wouldn't bother with it as traditional drops are still better but because it is so convenient and easy to use it is still something that I would recommend especially if you don't like putting drops in your eyes.
I wear lenses and in the environment I work in it sometimes give me dry eyes. I'm sitting behind the computer a lot with a air conditioning blowing on me and for some reason it sometimes feels very dry in here. The brand advertise this product that it's safe to apply this will all types of lenses and that there's no need to remove them before using them. What makes this product unique is that you can apply it wit your eyes closed!
I really thought that was a great advantage over normal eye drops which are always very enjoying to apply. The brand says that this is also perfect for when you are wearing makeup. Now I not somebody who wears makeup but it claims that it doesn't make your makeup run. For me it just sounded like an interesting system and much easier to apply.
The liquid comes in a 10ml bottle which should give you 100 doses. The bottle is made of clear glass with on top a white plastic lid and the spray is also white. It lasts three years so that's a really long time and ideal for when you don't use it as often just like me. It does come with a price though of 12 pounds which is quiet a lot more compared to other brands/products.
The brand states that the eye spray stabilise the lipid layer of the eyes and improves the lubrication of the eyelids and eyes. The spray has a ingredient called phospholipids which is again a key component of tears and the ingredients should last longer.
Applying it is very easy as you hold to about 10 cm from your eye and you just spray once or twice. You can just open your eyelids straight away and see normal but you will feel a bit of wet. The relief is not instant but shortly after applying you will feel the result. My eyes felt more refreshed and the dry feeling is gone so they feel more comfortable. The wet feeling disappears quickly enough and what stays behind are just more comfortable eyes. Sometimes I do have to use it twice a day because after a few hours the dry feeling get back again so I cant say it last all day.
Overall I think it's a great and moreover a easy product to use. It's pricey but I think for most people it's an ideal product.
The environment at my work is incredibly drying and in addition to the constant sneezing it produces in me, I also get dry eyes (and hands, but that's a different story). The problem I found with traditional eye drops is they invariably messed up my eye makeup, were hard to apply, and only lasted a month or so. So when I saw Clarymist spray relief for dry eyes I was intrigued. The most attractive factor was that they lasted for 3 years so you could basically use them until they ran out, which never happens with standard eye drops. So I purchased them, and at about £12 they were pricey, but in the end I think they are worth it.
The claims: Clarymist is a liposomal eye spray that claims to stabilise the lipid layer of the eye improving lubrication of the eyes and eyelids. It contains phospholipids, a key component of tears. Whereas saline drops will eventually evaporate, the ingredients in Clarymist form an oily film which lasts longer.
The packaging: They come in a 10mL bottle clear glass bottle with a white plastic lid, containing 100 doses. The spray itself is a milky white colour. And here comes the weird part - you spray it on closed eyes. Now, how can that possibly work you ask? Well according to the packaging, Clarymist travels down the eyelashes and eyelid margin, and into the eye.
To use: You can use it on top of your makeup, and they are also suitable for contact lens wearers. You simply hold the container about 10cm away from the closed eye (20cm away if you are wearing makeup) and spray once or twice. Unlike eyedrops, you are able to see clearly straight away.
The result: I found that I didn't have the immediate gratification of eye drops, but after a short while, my eyes felt moisturised and refreshed and far more comfortable. You do have the weird feeling of wet eyelids (and more of your face if you are a bad shot like me), but it disappears quite quickly. The smell I can't quite describe, but it isn't that great. However it quickly goes away so it doesn't really matter. The comfortable feeling lasts for longer than standard eye drops, I find I only need to use this once or twice throughout the day. And it didn't mess up my makeup at all.
Overall: Totally worth the money. They last for 3 years so no throwing away after a month. You spray onto closed eyes, so if you are squeamish about touching your eyes then this is a godsend. No makeup mishaps and my eyes feel moisturised and refreshed for a long time.
When I first heard of a eye spray that could moisten your eyes without spraying it directly into your eye or outting in a drop, I have to admit I was a little sceptical. What you actually do is spray it directly on to your eye lid. After suffering with a corneal ulcer, my eyes were really dry and although my optician had said it would be ok for me to start wearing my contact lenses again, I was finding it difficult to wear them for longer than a couple of hours at a time. I tried clarymist and was slightly stunned to be honest, it actually worked. My eyes felt moistened and refreshed after a few minutes. What I liked most about it, was that I didn't have to put anything directly in to my eye and there was no mess. With normal drops it's impossible to keep putting them in throughout the day because they make your eyes look puffy and destroy the mascara. Claymist didn't affect my make-up and didn't make my eyes look any different even after reusing throughout the day.
I wear contacts and work in an air-conditioned office so I am frequently plagued by dry eye. Although I am getting along pretty well with my latest contacts, there is the odd day when my eyes feel prickly but I cant rub them as hard as I'd like or I'd lose my contact halfway up my eye (yes, gross, I know, I'm still fairly eye-squeamish myself).
I've tried lots of types of eye drops, but I find they either sting, do nothing, leave my vision blurry for a while after I put them in, and invariably stay open longer than they are actually supposed to (around 1-3 months) because I forget when I opened them.
So when the optician suggested Clarymist spray I decided it would be worth a shot. I must admit I was a little alarmed at the word spray. Yes, I'm getting over my fear of touching my eye and can happily put my contacts in and take them out, and I can happily use eye drops, but a spray in my eye? No, no, no! Fortunately it does not spray directly onto your eye, but onto your eyelid.
Clarymist works by encouraging your eyelids to produce oil and tears which lubricate your eye and prevent them from feeling prickly and gritty. This means that contact lens wearers are able to use it whilst wearing their lenses, and for me results last far longer than with eye drops because it works at creating your own moisture inside the eye rather than drops which can dry up again quickly.
Anyway, first I had to buy the damn stuff. I hadn't got any at the opticians because my eyes had been having a phase of being cooperative. A few weeks later when I had prickly eyes, I remembered what he had said and looked for some at one pharmacy, then another, then a supermarket, then another...this stuff better be good because it was hard to track down! Finally I ordered some from my very helpful chemist who had it with me in a day (bravo, that man!) I have since discovered that Specsavers sell it there!
The next day I wore my contacts at work and when I got a little prickle decided to try out the spray. I was a little apprehensive as even with my eyes shut, I was still SPRAYING MY EYE! (Somebody please tell me they have eye phobia too?) Fortunately, I shouldn't have worried, a little spray from a couple of inches away and my eye was instantly feeling cool and refreshed.
There was, however, a pretty weird smell. I can't quite put my finger on what it is or describe it to you. It's not totally unpleasant, and fortunately wears off quickly, as I wouldn't want my eyelids to smell like that for a long time (not that people sniff my eyelids ever).
The 10ml bottle is small enough to slip into a bag, a little larger than your average bottle of eyedrops and made of glass with a big lid to prevent any leakage. Each bottle contains 100 metered doses (1-2 sprays per eye, although I find one sufficient).
Clarymist is suitable for use whilst wearing makeup and I haven't had any problems with it spoiling it, as it dries to a thin layer, and of course stops you from rubbing your eyes constantly! The best thing for me about it is that you can leave the bottle open for three years because the product does not go directly onto your eye so it's hygenic to do so.
At around £12, it is pretty pricey, but this certainly beats buying a new bottle of eyedrops at £4 or £5 every month which you probably wont use up all of. I have very sensitive skin around my eyelids but it hasn't caused me any problems. I find it best to put my finger over my eyelashes to completely block any access to the eye until it is on and dried, though, because if it seeps into the corner of your eye it does sting a little bit.
Overall, I will definitely continue to use Clarymist whenever I get flare-ups. I'd recommend it to contact lens users, I often spray my eyes after putting in my contacts on days when they refuse to settle, and office workers who spend hours staring at a screen would definitely find it beneficial. If you are a regular user of drops, or find them difficult or uncomfortable to use, it's definitely a more cost-efficient alternative.
Spray relief for dry eyes.