Product Type: Superdrug in Contact Lenses
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Superdrug Saline Solution
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Superdrug Saline Solution
Advantages: Does its job, suitable for flying
Disadvantages: Probably not the best for more frequent use
There are nearly as many different types of contact lens solution as there are different types of contact lens case, it seems! each to their own, as I say, and this product seems to have as many fans as it does disgruntled purchasers. As ever, I'm fence sitting, and having used this can see the merits and disadvantages of such a product.
Firstly, the practical - it does the basics of what it needs to. The concept of the saline solution is to keep your contact lenses in their intended state and add a small element of cleaning to the process as well. Even as basic a product as Superdrug's own brand saline solution for contact lenses manages to do this. This is the first tick. The second comes in the practicality of the bottle and how easy it is to use. The 100ml size makes it ideal for anyone wishing to fly, the size of the bottle's contents fitting with the regulations governing how big a container can be in your carry on luggage. The screw thread top on the bottle works simply, no frills but it does what it should, and the squeezy nature of the bottle allows for the right dispensing power when you squeeze, the nozzle squirting it out in a controlled fashion. There's an element of dribble involved, perhaps moreso than other bottles, but nothing to worry about. The bottle should last a week or so assuming each lens goes in and comes out once per day.
The negatives are actually relatively few. The main one may be the price - at £1.99 for such a small amount as 100ml, it does weigh in at noticeably more than other similar brands when you look at larger bottles. This seems to me like an attempt to rake in a few pennies for the convenience of a travel size bottle. Nor does it compare well when you look at specialist brands in terms of quality of solution. The basics are covered well, as I have mentioned, but when it comes to removing the small amounts of dirt that can build up on lenses, you have to work harder and use a bit more solution for a proper clean, relegating this solution in my eyes to one solely for the basics of having the lenses sit in a solution and by this process having a small element of cleaning. Nothing more for your money.
It's up to you whether or not these things that I have mentioned matter. I find that having a small bottle such as this for travelling away for a weekend is perfect - I know I'm not going to use a lot so it helps to keep size of luggage down, and I'm not away for long enough to worry about needing to deep clean them, so this doesn't even factor in. The bottle design is decent enough, and so for these purposes it works. The price is negligible if you're using it in small doses like this. I certainly wouldn't recommend it for prolonged use, as it's neither cost effective nor is it the best solution to use. You'd be much better off going with a Bausch & Lomb or Dailies or Focus, one of the named brands, rather than an own brand, for such long use. Products such as this are probably intended for the smaller and shorter amount of use, for practicality purposes, and this is how you should use them, as it works here.
Recommended for its intended purpose, but not for further needs.
Summary: Decent contact lens solution for travel purposes