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This 3D style contact lens case is just another in a string of cases designed more for their aesthetics than for the practical comparison between it and other cases. The vast majority of contact lens cases do the job that's required of them, and there are two main styles. The simple case such as this one is ideal for transporting, while the cage style is best for cleaning purposes.
I use disposable lenses, usually weeklies or monthlies, and this sort of case is ideal really. It doesn't take much contact lens solution to fill each side of the case, making them more cost effective than the cage case, which has more volume and needs to be filled. This case has a curved bottom with small ridges in so that the lens itself doesn't get stuck to the bottom. Some of the cheapest cases don't have these ridges and it can be a pain to get the lens out.
The screw thread is solid enough. There's nothing special about it but it's tight enough to provide a seal and easy enough to undo without excessive screwing and the case jerking around at all. The design on the top of the case is quite quirky - it's not the domed duck that's the 3D thing, it's the image on the other case lid, it's supposed to be 3D. This isn't the real pull of this, it's more about the duck itself, which is set up like a toy duck for the bath, complete with snorkel and goggles. It's a quirky gift, really, not the sort of thing you're likely to spot and think that it's the perfect lens case for you, but if you're buying for someone who wears lenses, then it could be ideal to buy for them to break up the usually mundane task of lenses in and out at the beginning and end of each day.
They price up quite well too, only a few pounds for something that's essential for anyone who wears contacts. You could splash out and pay more for proper cages which could rest certain worries about cleaning your lenses, but as long as you clean them properly then if you're using disposable lenses then you should be okay. As with most lens cases, you should clean it just as well as you clean your lenses as it can attract bacteria and transfer them onto the lens. Similarly, if you wear permanent lenses then I'd recommend using these more for travel purposes than as a permanent base for your lenses. The cage ones are probably best for permanent. The compact design of these make them handy for travel, although one downside of their design is the domed element. However, slight this is, I quite often have the case in my pocket if I'm out, and having the domes element makes it uncomfortable in my trousers and makes me either reconsider or use another case. Only a minor niggle though, to what is essentially an enjoyable and alternative to the usual bland contact lens case.
Funky Duck 3D contact lens holder - currently £3.99 or £2.99 on line - so shop around
This product is marketed as being a useful tool to keep your coloured contact lenses in, however I was bought it as a gift for keeping my usual lenses in. I really did love the product as It made the lenses look so fun, and they were less of an eye sore in the bathroom as they looked so funky, and cute.
The lid for left eye pot has on it a 3 D rubber duck with goggles, and a snorkel. This was really fun, and made it easier for me to know which way round my contact should go, as the duck would always be facing me.
The lid to the right pot has on it a design of lily pads as it flat. Each of the lids had a screw top design, and will help prevent damage to your contacts, and will stop dirt from getting into them. Scre tops are safer for your contacts as they mean that lenses cannot get caught in push tops which could damage them. The case was a useful tool for me, as I always found it difficult to differentiate between the left and right pots without my glasses on or my contacts in. The case is suitable for both hard and soft lenses.
The pot is also available in other designs, including a frog, a strawberry, a golf ball, a magic eight ball, a foot ball, an orange, a lady bug, a dolphin a turtle, and a fish. I have to say that my personal favourite is an eyeball!!!! The product has the CE mark which is a quality standard mark essential for all products sold in Europe, meaning that the product is safe to use.
My boyfriend who bought me this was a bit disappointed when I threw it away after a short time (3 months) as I always renewed my contact case after a short time to ensure that they did not get germ ridden to ensure that I did not get infections in my eyes. This is a really important thing to remember with all contacts, but especially if you are buying fashion contacts, where you may not have been given demonstrations on how to clean and look after your contacts, as your eye health can be damaged by them. The build up of germs on all contact related paraphernalia can be really bad for your eyes, and it essential to look after them properly.
I would recommend the item as it was fun, and looked cool in the bathroom. For me (not being able to tell my left from right) the case was especially useful, and if I were still wearing contacts then I would probably order these en masse, especially for holidays when I may be less than coherent in the mornings, or paying less attention than I should.
It was a lovely thoughtful stocking filler to have received.