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Contact lenses are one of two things: boring or painful. So, it's nice when manufacturers of contact lens cases decide to liven things up a bit by making interesting images on contact lenses. There are quite a few around now, and they vary from pictures of animals to different colours. This particular one features an eyeball, so it's a contact lens case with a sense of humour as well. Often, these cases also come with a lack of practicality, be it an interior that doesn't help keep your lens moist to prevent it from drying up or a screw thread that just isn't watertight and leaks every time. However, this particular product seems to be just right on the surface of it. It's up to you to decide which side you use for your left contact lens and which for the right, there are no indications. Personally I use the eye side for the left - no particular reason. I suppose it would be handy if the other side had an 'L' or 'R' on it, as this would certainly make it clear what their recommendation is, but this doesn't really bother me. When you open the case, there's a small dip to house the liquid before you put your lens in there, which is slightly ridged at points to ensure there's no sticking. The underside of each of the sides is the same, the ridges essentially acting so that a lens in an upturned case doesn't stick to the top once the case righted. This is usually a very effective feature of contact lens cases, but I do sometimes worry about it in these quirky novelty cases, and a couple of times I've opened the case and the lens hasn't been completely immersed in the liquid, which could be a bit of a worry. I do tend to be quite meticulous in some senses with my lenses - if I know I'm unlikely to wear them for a while, I'll leave them in a place where they won't be disturbed and keep them upright after checking them. Transporting the lenses is where the most issues happen. This case seems to be liquid tight and the screw thread smooth enough to use - thumbs up there. It's also been rare that the lens hasn't been immersed. I know it only takes once and a certain amount of time for it to ruin your lens. This matters more when you use permanent lenses and less when they're weeklies or monthlies. The main thing is no matter which case you have, be careful and gentle and don't knock it about too much and it should be fine. Some are better than others, and this novelty one seems to be just as good as most of them. You can currently get it for under £5 from amazon, which to me seems a little steep as other novelty ones are easily half the price. It has CE approval and declares that it's suitable for all types of lens which I suppose helps bump up the price, so this is a financial deterrent but a reassurance of quality, I suppose. I do recommend this, but it's probably best as a novelty gift rather than an investment for a different type of lens case.
I have an absolute aversion to eyeballs, so I wasn't particularly surprised when my darling cousin arrived with a gift for me a couple of months back and it turned out to be a contact lens soaking case featuring a large staring eyeball. He's so thoughtful... As a regular contact lens wearer I like to swap and change my cases, not least because after so many years using the standard white cases has become so boring that these 'fun' cases inject a little change into my morning and evening routine. Not that this one is 'fun', in fact it turns my stomach when I see it sometimes - the connection between contact lenses and the eyeball might be a good one but for someone who dislikes eyeballs it's a bit icky! Mine is the exact one you can see in the piccie above; a single blue domed eyeball with the other lens bowl being covered with a more traditional shaped and styled lid which features a pretty blue wavy design. All I can say is thank god it doesn't feature two of the eyeballs, otherwise I think there's a fair to middling chance I'd end up in a state of panic every time I went into the bathroom! The bowls are quite deep in comparison to the modern style of shallow bowls, this is fine for me but this case uses noticeably more contact lens soaking solution than others I've used in the recent past which is something that may put some people off. The sides of the bowls have a slightly textured feel to prevent your lenses sticking if they happen to come out of the solution for whatever reason; the inner surface of each lid also has this texturing but it's done more deeply to create visible ridges in case your lens case gets turned upside down, this stops your lenses sticking to the lids when you turn it the right way up again - important as in the past I've lost lenses due to them drying out when they stuck to a portion of the case which wasn't covered in solution, and with the spiraling cost of contact lenses this is obviously something you'd want to avoid. The lids screw on nicely, irritatingly they're not marked with L or R so you need to remember which lenses you're covering with the eyeball lid - as someone with an extremely poor memory I have had to mark the bottom of the case myself to ensure I don't accidentally put my lenses in the wrong way round. I screw the flatter lid on first as once the bulkier eyeball lid is in place it doesn't give your fingers as much room to screw the other one on which can make things a bit fiddly. Once I'd got over my repulsion of touching the eyeball I found this domed shape was very easy to screw on, the smooth roundness gave my fingers an excellent grip and the size makes it very easy to use even when I have contact lens solution all over my hands. I recommend this as a quirky contact lens soaking case, admittedly it's not my favourite design but that's a personal taste thing (ie. I think naked eyeballs are in bad taste!) and I know other people will find it fantastic. The blue colour is absolutely beautiful and my five year old is impressed that it matches the colour of my eyes, I'm not sure if it's available in other colours but if not the manufacturer missed a trick as I'm sure lots of non-blue eyed people would love an eyeball case with the same colour as their eyes. Mad people, obviously.
My partner bought be the Eyeball 3D Screw-Top Contact Lens Storage Case for a joke stocking filler for my birthday. I don't know exactly how much be paid for it (it would be rude to ask!!), but I know that it is currently available on Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) for just £4.39. I actually think that this price is very reasonable and it is definitely one I would be willing to pay if I was to buy this for a gift for someone. I'm not sure that this is something that I would buy for myself - but as a gift it would make a nice quirky filler. This is essentially a storage lens for contact lenses, although it is a novelty one and so it adds a little humour to what is normally a very mundane product. As with all contact lens cases, there are two sections so that the right lens can be put in one side and the left lens in the other side. It is flat in style with two completely segregated and unconnected sections - and so it will sit flat on your worktop. The main body of it is white and there are screw tops onto the individual sections and so the lenses are safe and secure between uses. However, where this case is different to others is that the left lens container looks like an eyeball. The screw lid is designed like an eyeball with a white schlera, a blue iris and then the black pupil in the centre. It is the 3D eyeball which unscrews and forms the lid to the compartment. However, strangely (I think), the other lid is simply a blue shimmery flat disk. I'm not sure why both lids are made of the 3D eye design because I think this would be far more appealing - and if it is just a matter of being able to identify the lenses then you could just use the small R or L printed on the lids somewhere. Because of this is looks like the design is unfinished. Unscrewing the left lens cap (the eye) can be a bit tricky with wet hands as there aren't any ridges on it to get a grip onto it, but with dry hands it's not an issue. The other side does have ridges and so it's easy to undo. The storage wells are deep enough to adequately store the lenses with the contact lens solution. I fill the wells about 1/3 full with contact lens solution, then add the contact lens, and then top up the well with contact lens solution until it reaches about the 2/3 mark. This is deep enough to ensure that the contact lens is completely covered and well protected from the edges. The inside of the lid is ridged and this prevents the contact lens from sticking to the roof of the lid if it is overfilled with contact lens solution - but this isn't an issue I really have because I tend to be stingy with the solution rather than generous! The case in total measures 5.5 x 3 x 3 cm and so it is still small, although slightly bulkier than some other storage lens cases. However, it is still small enough to go into my handbag - and if the lens solution is already in there the lid is tight enough to not leak. Because the whole container is made from plastic, it is really lightweight and can obviously be washed and dried easily between uses. Overall, I think this is a fun contact lens case and yet it is still functional and convenient.