Product Type: Optipak in Contact Lenses
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Optipak 3D Soaking Case
Member Name: chrisandmark
Optipak 3D Soaking Case
Advantages: Look fab, deep ridges to stop your lenses sticking to the underside of the lid
Disadvantages: The stickers come unstuck
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.
Summary: An unusual and very sweet contact lens case