Product Type: Sainsbury's in Contact Lenses
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bargain contact lens solution to rival the big brands
Sainsbury's All-in-One Contact Lens Solution
Member Name: europe-chick
Sainsbury's All-in-One Contact Lens Solution
Advantages: the price
I wear contact lenses most of the time, and as such I get through a fair amount of contact lens cleaning solution. I've worn contact lenses since I was in my teens (I'm in my 30's now), and so I've had years of experience with both the lenses and the solutions.
I used to always use the Bausch & Lomb Renu solution, as this worked for me and I didn't see any reason to change, however like most things the price just seemed to be going up and up and so I decided to shop around. I've probably tried most of the contact lens solutions out there over the years, some are great, and some I don't like.
The solution that I've been happily using for about the last 6 months is the Sainsburys own brand All-In-One contact lens solution. It's really cheap when you compare it to the branded lens solutions, for instance a bottle of Renu retails at around £10.99 for a 240ml bottle, whereas the Sainsburys own brand is just £4.00 for a 250ml bottle. So in theory you get 3 bottles of Sainsburys own brand for the price of just 1 bottle of Renu. This makes a bit difference to the cost of my contact lens regime when you consider that I buy monthly disposable lenses, daily disposable lenses, saline, comfort drops and obviously the cleaning solution.
I find that a 250ml bottle of the Sainsburys solution will last me around 2 months. I don't wear my contact lenses 7 days a week, probably 5 or 6 days a week on average, and I also wear the daily disposable contact lenses occasionally as well so I don't need to clean my monthly lenses every single night. The bottle states that you do need to dispose of any used solution 90 days after opening.
This solution is really easy to use, and you use it just like all of the other all-in-one solutions on the market; you remove each lens in turn, place the lens in the palm of your hand and pop a few drops of the solution onto the lens, gently rub each side of the lens with the pad of your finger taking care not to damage or nick the lens, rinse the solution off with either saline or a bit more of the all-in-one solution and then place the lens in the correct side of your contact lens case, which you've filled up with more of the all-in-one solution, repeat for the other lens, leave to soak for at least 4 hours or overnight, your lenses are then clean and ready to wear in the morning.
You can put your lenses in straight from the solution in the morning, but I normally find that more often than not the Sainsburys solution does make my eyes sting a little bit when I do this. I solve this problem by just giving each lens a quick rinse with saline before I put it in, this then makes the lenses instantly comfortable when I put them in. I do find that most solutions make my eyes sting a little bit when I put my lenses in, so this isn't specific to the Sainsburys solution.
The solution comes in a plastic squeezy bottle, you just remove the lid and squeeze the bottle to dispense the solution; a gentle squeeze will dispense a small amount of solution to use to rub your lens clean, and a hard squeeze will dispense a steady jet of solution to fill your contact lens case. Each packet of the solution also comes with a contact lens case, it's a flat case as opposed to the barrel case which I like, as I always manage to nick a piece out of the edge of a contact lens in the barrel case. The little flat case that they give you is even colour coded with a blue lid for your left lens, which is handy for if your lenses are different prescriptions, but you should keep your lenses seperate anyway for hygene reasons.
I have not had any problems at all with this solution, I find that it keeps my lenses perfectly clean and clear, and it continues to do so for the life of the contact lens i.e. a month (well actually up to 2 months sometimes as I don't always use a new pair every month if I've only had a few wears out of them). I will definitely continue to buy this contact lens solution as I think that it's brilliant for the low price, it works just as well as the majority of the branded solutions for a much lower price.
Summary: bargain contact lens solution to rival the big brands