“ Brand: Optipak / Type: Contact Lens Soaking Case „
Although I wear daily disposable lenses now and again I used to wear fortnightly lenses and so have used a few different styles of lens cases. I find that lens cases are either boring or quirky. It is safe to say that the Optipak 3D Soaking Case falls into the quirky category.
The first thing that appealed to me was obviously the designs. Coming in a strawberry and an orange design they look great. The design is a little different to the picture, but they still look fantastic and stand out from any other types of lens cases I have used or seen before! I ordered them through a website on a trial basis and they didn't cost me a penny. I am more than happy to hold my hands up and say I am unsure as to where these can be bought from.
The orange design appealed to me a little more than the strawberry, possibly as it was orange as opposed to red. I also like oranges so maybe that was why! The lens case is quite shallow internally. This is probably more of an advantage than anything, as less lens solution is required and it saves fishing around for the lenses when you want to retrieve them. Although the design of the cases looks pretty cool I did think they looked a bit cheap on close inspection. Saying that I were surprised that they had a number of deep lines on the top of the inside of the case to prevent the lens from getting lodged at one end of the case and drying out from lack of solution. As the cases were free I assume they are very cheap to manufacture.
Although I have the same prescription for both eyes, one of the lids is marked with the letter 'R' just incase you aren't as fortunate as myself. The other way to tell the difference between the cases is that the images are slightly different, you just need to make sure you remember which lens you put in which case! The lens cases have a hexagonal shape around the edge of the screwcap, ensuring you can easily grip it, even when your fingers are wet with solution.
I never had any problems with these cases when I used them with my contact lenses. As I occassionally wear daily disposables now I don't need these cases, but I think they are a fun way to store lenses. I wouldn't say they are designed for young people, they can be used by anybody. The only downside to these lens cases is that they don't count towards your 5-a-day!
There are a number of different contact lens cases around at the moment, with various small companies mixed in with the larger big brand names, all of them essentially producing products that are good enough to keep your lenses in.
The case is a quirky design, and Optipak do a very wide range of cases, with various fruit designs, cute creatures and the like. Really, they're mainly attractive due to their novelty value, as most people who wear contact lenses will only ever have plain white cases with slight alterations to design leaving the functionality the same.
These cases though do something slightly different. The left hand side of the case is domed with the right hand side the flatter of the two. This gives it a bit of an alternative look from the usual flat tops, even if it is slightly less practical. The inside design remains similar though, with slight troughs with the smallest of ridges in each case allowing the liquid and lens to sit in there quite comfortably. The lids screw on very easily, a well designed screw top that is nigh on impossible to screw on wrongly - comforting to know that you're unlikely to get leakage through screwing it on wrong unless you don't tighten it enough. The underside of the lids have ridges which stop the lenses from sticking to them, although a couple of times I have found a lens on the top - it just doesn't happen much is all.
The different colours are quite nice, and not just aesthetically. One thing with usual cases being predominantly white is that you don't really see when there is a dried buildup of solution or any grime that comes off the lens and sticks to the sides, as it's usually a pale crusty white. With the different colours this then becomes very obvious and stands out - I find it makes it easier to clean them when it's easy to see where the dirt and concentrated areas are.
Ultimately, i can't really say there's any difference between these cases and regular ones other than those I have already mentioned. I found this brand of lens to be a worthy buy, and at around the £2 mark for a case, you really can't go wrong, especially as some more higher brand name cases can easily cost twice this price. I think this is a great price for a great product. Quirky designs, really good artwork on the stickers on the right case and good design on the domed part as well. This is a quirky and quality range of products, and most certainly recommended.
I was sent a couple of these side-by-side contact lens cases a few weeks ago after requesting a sample with a view to ordering more - I like things which are slightly different from the norm and the years of using plain white lens cases was starting to grate on me.
*Please note: The design of the lens case has changed in the few weeks since I requested this product to be added, the 3D aspect is gone now and both lids are flat although the product is the same.*
I'm currently using the strawberry design which is red (obviously), the case itself is a tough plastic with the strawberries being a puffy sticker on each lid. The lids screw on and have quite a thick thread which means it's almost impossible to screw it on wrong and get the thing jammed, something that has happened to me once or twice in the past when using other cases of this type. Each lid also has a ridged hexagon shape moulded onto the outside, giving me a better grip when my fingers are coated with the slightly viscous contact lens solution I'm using.
The inside of these lens cases is quite shallow, a plus point in my opinion as it means it takes less of the expensive solution to fill them - not that this is much of an issue as I currently have a contact solution mountain in my bathroom thanks to Specsavers thinking I need three large bottles of it delivered every three months! The inner side of the lid has several deep ridges which prevent soft contact lenses sticking to the top and drying out if the case happens to be turned upside down, this is something the larger manufacturers have just started doing too so it was a pleasant surprise to see the same thing on these relatively cheap cases.
The one and only downside to this case is that the fruity sticker isn't secured very well to the lid, with both coming unstuck within a couple of days of me starting to use the case. This was easily solved with a spot of superglue, but really they should have been better stuck down in the first place. Oh, talking about the stickers. With this case it's very easy to tell which lens is which as the right lid has a small 'R' printed on the sticker, but if this marking happens to rub off or wear away there's another clever little way to tell if you're about to put your lenses in the correct eyes. You see, the picture on each lid (while both featuring strawberries) is different; the right lid shows several strawberries in a 'bunch' (do strawberries come in bunches?), while the left has a very close up photograph of part of a single strawberry. Keep this in mind and you'll never mix your lenses up again, although to be honest I have a different prescription in each eye so I'd soon realise if I'd put them in the wrong way round!
Overall I think this is a fab contact lens case, they do need regular cleaning as the red plastic shows up traces of a thin white crust after a few days - this is a good thing though as it wouldn't necessarily show up on white cases and therefore you could be storing your lenses in a 'dirty' case, which is dangerously unhygienic. These fruit cases can be purchased for just £1.95 from www.mylensstore.com which I think is an excellent price for something that will brighten up your daily routine.