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Protect your lenses, protect the endangered
Endangered Species Contact Lens Case
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Endangered Species Contact Lens Case
Advantages: Good idea, mirror, secure and good design, money to charity
Disadvantages: Some may find it an extra thing that's not needed
A case for a case? Pretty good idea! That's exactly what this is - an attractive looking case to put your contact lens case in, mainly for transport purposes, and this is quite a solid product. The idea is that you slot your contact lens case inside this and it holds it snug.
So initially I thought what a waste of time and money, and seemingly pointless idea. Surely a contact lens case is enough protection? Then I thought of the few times that there has been a little seepage from the case, and also potentially getting it dirty or damaged. I'm probably not as careful with my contact lenses as I should be at times, and so I decided to look at the merits of the case, not whether it was pointless or not.
The idea is that your lens case sits inside it very snugly, with the lids peeping over the top. This means that you don't actually have to take it out of the case to open them and put your lenses in. They've obviously thought of the practicality side of things here. The second thing worth mentioning is what else it offers. On the inside of the lid there's a small mirror. Now, the thing about putting your lenses in, especially when you first start wearing them, is knowing whether you're actually aiming at your eye properly or not, or whether your eyelashes are going to get in the way. It's been a long time since I relied on a mirror for putting my lenses in, having got used to it through constant repetition, but every now and then I find it helps, and having a mirror does mean that if it's awkward putting them in, you can check you're doing it right.
Also inside is a few lines of paper, so you can write your name and address in case you lose them. Of course, it's up to you whether or not you really want to put lenses in if you've lost them - after all, you never know who may have found them and what they might have done. However, I suppose this is the difference between weekly, monthly and permanent lenses, whether or not the cost of losing them is too great for you to swallow by buying new ones or reducing your supply having lost them.
Either way, it's a clever way of storing your lenses, and the case closes quite firmly together. It feels solid and secure, and as I need to transport my lenses quite a bit I find a bit of reassurance knowing that there's a solid case surrounding my lenses and keeping everything where it should be. There are also a number of different designs to choose from for the case. The one shown here is a panda, but there are various endangered animals to have as fronts, and this is also part of the appeal. The photos are glossy and good quality, and I find that they image doesn't fade or scrape off quickly, showing that they've obviously focused on quality as much as the message about endangered animals and supporting the prolonging of their existence.
The case sells for around the £5 mark, and 10p of each sale goes to charity. The price falls in line with most contact lens cases, so this is to be expected - I would have thought more would go to the charity though seeing as this is the focus of the design.
I recommend this, especially if you're in the category of people who really take care over their lenses. I wear weekly or monthly lenses as a general rule, and so I'm not usually that bothered about losing or protecting them - perhaps I should be. If you wear permanent lenses though, I'd say this is a really good way of adding that extra little bit of protection. Recommended.
Summary: Clever idea for further contact lens transport protection