“ Type: Contact Lens Case „
I have been wearing glasses for a few years now and as I find myself having to wear them for every waking moment my husband I like to wear contact lenses as well to mix things up, and for when I just don't fancy wearing glasses all the time.
I receive contact lenses from Specsavers, and I pay via direct debit. I pay just over £20 a month and I receive three months lenses at a time, bottles of solution and one of these contact lens barrel cases. I wear monthly contact lenses and when I am not using them they need to be soaked in solution and stored safely to avoid dirt or dust settling on them and to prevent any damage happening to them as well. That is where this barrel case comes in.
This case is wonderfully clever in design and remarkably simple to use. The case is a round plastic case complete with a small cage built in to the lid. The case holds the solution for soaking my contact lenses and when unscrewing the lid it is simple to turn the cage, built in to the lid, out and then stand this up on the top of the lid. The cage, that is built into the lid, has two curved sides, one to hold each contact lens, and the cage is built very well in order to hold my curved contact lenses. The cage clicks closed over the lenses and holds them in place with ease. There is no way for the lenses to slip out, or become damaged, other than if one of the lenses was stuck near the top of the cage and was accidentally caught when closing the cage, but I've managed to avoid doing this with basically no effort on my part.
This case is well made and very durable, with each side of the cage having markings to help differentiate between lenses, with an R and a symbol (usually a heart), and this is very functional to avoid inserting the wrong lens into the wrong eye. This is especially important with different prescriptions and to prevent any spread of germs from one eye to another. It is very simple to see which lens is which in a matter of seconds, even without my glasses on first, so that is all I can ask for really. The solution that I place into this holder does not leak at all, even if turned upside down, meaning I can pack my contact lenses when I am heading out in the morning, say for a swimming session, and then insert them before I go out for the day without worrying about the solution leaking out. The lenses are held in their cage within the solution, which is essential as it keeps them moist and soft, meaning I can put my lenses back in the next morning without worrying about dirt, germs, dryness or any other problems.
Overall I feel that these barrel style cases are absolutely fantastic. They keep my contact lenses submerged completely in solution and they are very simple to use. It takes me just a few minutes to insert my contact lenses in the morning, or remove them at night, and this case is very simple to use. There is nothing fiddly to this, despite the small nature of this product, and my lenses have been kept in great condition since using these pots, something that is very important to me when spending over £20 a month on contact lenses. I have had no problems with these at all and that is the reason that I am rating this case 5/5 stars. I will definitely continue to use these in the future, as I receive them as part of my Specsavers subscription and these can be picked up for around £1 each from websites such as eBay.
I got my first set of contact lenses when I was 15 and with that I also got my first case here are my thoughts.
This is a small plastic see through tub with a white screw on lid. In the lid there are two pods attached one, with a r for right on it and one with a heart with left (I love this, there is also a line evident on the case as for how far up the solution should go. This needs to be regularly clean with your saline solution as even if you are not putting your contacts in there over night it needs to be ready do when you do use it.
The pods are just a little big bigger than my lenses (I have an astigmatism and so my lenses are a little larger than normal ones.
These are also small so very easy to transport in a handbag or makeup case as the plastic is also very hardy.
Not really. The pods do not now the lenses if they get caught and they clean very easily in here. Even if the barrel is dropped the pods do not open and the screw top is so secure none of the liquid drops out. This also means that the lenses do not dry out.
The pods don't snap or break off and I only throw them away on a yearly basis for hygiene reasons.
I have always got these free from the opticians with my lenses so it really depends on how much you spend on your contact lenses. These really are great quality.
WHAT IS IT?
A storage case for contact lenses.
This is a barrel contact lens storage case that suspends your contact lenses in a shaped mesh section instead of them just lying in the solution like the side by side cases. The mesh is attached to the lid so that when you screw the lid on it secures your lenses in the solution.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
The mesh of whatever brand of barrel case you use will be marked with R for your right lens and L or a heart shape for your left lens. You just put your contact lenses inside the mesh and then snap them both closed. Pour your soaking solution into the barrel and screw the lid on tightly.
WHAT I THINK
I do not use a barrel case very often because I like to use the side by side cases out of preference. I think it can be quite hard to pick the contact lenses off the mesh when I am in a rush in the morning and I am scared of snapping the mesh pockets closed and trapping my contact lenses.
The lid on my one that came from Boots screws up tightly and doesn't come undone even when I am carrying it around with me. I think you have to use a lot of solution in this case because the barrel has to be filled up nearly to the top to make sure my contact lenses are completely submerged and do not dry out while they are being stored. This sort of storage case looks better on my bathroom shelf though and I think it's easier to keep clean and dust free than the side by side cases.
If you buy monthly contact lenses you might be able to get one of these barrel cases included in your subscription but if not they are available to purchase from most opticians and chemists for about £3.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
Having worn contact lenses for a few years now, I feel like I am in a good position to review the universal barrel style cases that have come about in recent years. I remember growing up and seeing my mum use the old cases which are horizontal, the screw top cases, and now its all about these vertical barrel cases, but let me delve further.
In terms of price these can be found for around £2 on eBay or Amazon, however I must say that usually you get a case with each solution, so it would make more sense to just get it with the solution, unless of course you have too much spare solution, so I guess that is the main reason for getting a case by itself.
The cases generally come with the left and right eye part of the barrel marked. Usually with the right eye compartment saying R and the left side having a heart sign on it, and this seems to be a universal theme. There is a slight bump in each compartment which makes it a bit easier for you to place your lenses over it and then you have to shut the lid, whilst making sure you do not catch any of the lens and cause damage.
I have to say compared to the old cases this does seem to have a lot more wastage, they keep the barrels located quite high up so you have to put quite a lot of solution in to cover the whole lenses. Before with he screw top cases you could just plop a little bit of the solution and then it would cover the lenses and job done, but not quite the case here.
I must mention though that there are two types of barrel cases, you have the normal barrel case, which is similar to the screw top and if anything it is more of a waste due to the extra solution needed. However where I do think this case is useful if the barrel cases with a catalyst. This is a little black section added to the bottom and is to be used with the multi peroxide solution. This is a much deeper form of cleaning the lenses and is it literally bubbles and formulates around the lens, and you can see this as soon as you put the solution in and the reaction with the black catalyst. However the downside here is that you must wait six hours for the solution to completely neutralise before you can wear them again.
I must make it clear that you have to wait six hours, I can talk from experience and say that once I forgot and after three hours I put one of the lenses in my eye, and let's just say I was in excruciating pain. Needles to say it was a lesson well learnt and I always wait the six hours. However the other downside is after around 30 times using this type of case, you need to change them as the catalyst becomes less effective, and they are a little more expensive at £3, so potential you be spending £36 a year on catalyst cases,
Overall I would give these barrel cases three stars, as they have a purpose, whether they are an improvement over the screw top cases is to be debated and I think you will find mixed reviews with some people swearing by it and others not so much. Myself I think due to the extra wastage of solution that the screw top is better, but the catalyst version definitely has its uses for deeper cleansing so simply due to this, the cases are something that have to be considered.
I have worn contact lenses for 3 years and have always used the barrel storage case with the exeption of one occassion when i had forgotten to bring the barrel case with me on a trip away from home.
The barrel style storage case is simple and easy to use. The top white section is unscrewed from the base and each side is clearly labelled for your left and right contact lense, my case has an R for right and a heart shape to indicate the left eye.
Each side easily clips open and clips shut, you have to ensure you place your contact lense in the centre of the eyes section as you may damage the lense if you clip the section shut and the lense is out over the side. the bottom section clearly marks how much solution must be poured in to soak your lenses.
The only down fall of this style of case is if transporting the lenses on a journey the solution may not cover lenses unless kept upright.
The top white section where you store your lenses is great for easily placing your lenses in and easy to remove your lenses to put in your eyes each morning, without getting your hands covered in solution like other cases on the market, where you have to fish your lenses out of a pool of solution.
With any lense case you should was regularly and replace every few months.
The barrel case is a basic way of storing your contact lenses over night, or when you are not wearing them. The simple design allows for safe storage and cleaning, and are marked with a L and a R so each eye get the right lens, this reduces the chances of cross infection. Apparently you can get them in different colours. However, I only used the plain white ones.
These type of storage are suitable for soft and hard contact lens and are made from a tough plastic which reduces the chances of bacteria or fungal growth whilst also makes them light weight.
I used this design for many years until I had Lazar surgery. I can not comment on value for money as the containers were always included in my contact lens contract. My opthomologist recommended the barrel case was discarded and replaced often to ensure safe hygiene, I think this would be standard for any type of container.
I only used this type of container. However, I know there are alternative styles available but am unable to give a oomparision.
I Would recommend this type of storage/ cleaning system. as it is easy to use, small enough to fit in a hand bag, (I used to fill with solution and take with me when going away for the night) The container is air tight so if knocked over does not spill.
I am not sure if storing both lenses in one pot of solution is better/ worse than storing them in their own container, like some of the other types on the market.
I have been wearing contact lenses for years now and haven't actually tried any other cases so I can't really compare. Also I can't really rate the price as I get everything included in a package from specsavers. The lenses and solution come through the post every three months and one of these cases is included.
They are really easy to use and I generally haven't had any problems. The top unscrews and attached is the compartment where the lenses go. On each side is a compartment that flips up, you just hear a little click, you put the lens in it, and shut it again. I have never had a problem with these coming undone in the solution or anything so this is all good.
When the top is screwed on properly I haven't had problems with leakages either which is always a good thing.
The downside though are that 1. sometimes the compartment bit can fall off the lid into the solution so you have to fish around to get it. The compartment bit slots into a groove in the lid and sometimes can just become loose. And 2. it isn't really a good option if you get eye infections. I have had them a few times now, but it means you have to discard both lenses as they are both in the same solution, rather than being kept separate.
In general it does the job, but I just get these in a pack anyway, so wouldn't go and buy anything else. If I was paying for them though I would probably try something else.
I have been wearing contacts for approx 8 years now and when I got my first pair from Specsavers I was given this case as part of my package. I used it for about a month and then gave up on it as I was so dissatisfied.
The first thing I noticed about the case was that rather than the traditional L & R to signify left and right, the left lens is kept in the side of the container marked with a heart. Admittedly this does not take long to adjust to, however I think that it would be much more straightforward to just use L & R.
The case is a screw top with the lens holder attached to the lid, meaning that the contacts are submerged in the liquid held in the bottle. The casing for the lenses forms a ball shape, with each lens being held in its own semi-circle, which snaps closed to keep it in place. I wasn't happy with this as I found it difficult to ensure that the lens was placed properly in each little semi-circle and was always worried that I would damage the lens when snapping it closed.
The lid is a screw top which should ensure it is sealed properly, however on several occasions I noticed that the container was leaking in my bag. At first I thought that maybe I wasn't tightening it properly and even had others screw it closed for me, but the leaking persisted.
After a few weeks, the left side of the casing stopped closing properly, this meant that my lens fell out of the casing and was lying in the solution at the bottom of the container. After experiencing so many problems with this container I switched to a different style container which holds the lenses in separate casing and have never looked back.
I would definitely avoid this container.
Both I and my partner wear contact lenses on an almost daily basis, so on our bathroom counter there's two lens pots at all times. I'm a little bit varying in my tastes - I try out different types of storage. I'm not sure whether I do it to try and search out the best version or just for a bit of a change!
It seems to me through my little experiments that storage is storage. There are two types that I use regularly; this, the barrel style, and a double-pot screw top style. My partner remains faithful to the barrel - he believes it's better for cleaning his lenses as the soaking solution can move around them as they sit overnight. I'm not sure how true that is - seems to me that liquid can move around a lens in a mini-pot just as well.
In practical terms, this pot ticks almost all of the boxes. It has a screw-top lid to which a cage is attached. The cage has two sides, one for each lens, and is clearly marked on one side with a heart to signify the left lens. (Someone needs to tell lens manufacturers that hearts are in the middle of your chest, not on the left side!! Bit behind the times.) Each cage holds one lens and it clicks gently into place on closure to stop your lenses jiggling around in the pot and getting mixed up between left and right. This would be a problem for me as my prescription is different in each eye!
The lid fits on quite tightly, however in truth I have experienced a little leakage from a pot that was popped into my bag. It's probably for the best to ensure that the pot it held upright when possible, as the barrel itself has a line etched onto it to show how far you should fill it with solution - when it's stood upright, the liquid will never even touch the lid when sealed, so there would never be a leakage problem. I don't think that I'll trust a barrel pot for occasions of travel etc, as too much was ruined when I experienced this leak - the lenses inside included.
One tip I'd like to pass on about differentiating between my lens tub and his is that I paint onto the white lids with nail varnish. A quick J in red or pink for me, and P for my partner in blue, and there's no chance we'll ever, ever end up wearing each other's lenses. That would be quite disgusting.
The first ever time I was given my contact lenses I was told that they must be placed in the barrel case provided. I was shown how to do it and informed it was essential to their upkeep. At first I was happy to be given such a device that was intended to keep my lenses in prime condition for as long as possible and it seemed like a good idea.
How these cases work basically is you open the lid and attached is a two sided device that opens on each side. In side each opening is a small curved area on which to attach a lens when taken out of the eye. You snap it shut, put the lid on and submerge your lens in solution. Sounds good?
Well I did not find so. I feel far more safer and more comfortable using the standard cases than these for a variety of reasons. First and foremost when you have just come in from work or are tired on a night this is not something you want to be faffing around with. Its hard to get the lenses right in place and you are always worried they will be torn........
Which leads me nicely onto my other main gripe. Basically the lens I feel is at risk every time you shut the case. Because there is wet involved, because the wet lens is slippy and because of the designed curved shape the lens slides about meaning when you shut it, as I have it can get caught. And it does get caught. Several times my lens has been torn, ripped and scarred by this mere flaw. It's a bad idea and no matter how careful you are sometimes it cannot be helped.
Secondly you have the issue of when you open the case the lens falls easily and could vanish! I find it easier finding the lens in normal traditional flat cases than this. Once I have lost a lens because it fell to the ground when opening. Not ideal!
Overall I feel due to the fact that this destroys the lens, is unsafe and generally more hassle than is needed I would not recommend it.
When I first started using contact lenses I used dailies, I then switched to monthly lenses and now i am back using dailies again due to the infrequent use of lenses. I have finally made my mind up that I prefer wearing glasses out of convenience and I only occassionally wear contact lenses now, so dailies are what I currently use. When I did use monthly lenses the 'Universal Barrel Style Contact Lens Case' was an ideal piece of kit which allowed me to carry my monthly lenses around with me, without them becoming contaminated or unuseable. When I began getting monthly lenses I did receive a couple of free cases with them, but that was all. It is recommended that you change the cases regularly for cleanliness reasons and these particular cases can be bought for around £4 online which isn't unreasonable considering they are vital.
The case is around 4.5cm by 2.5cm and has a white lid that creates an airtight lock against contamination, the case also has a clean barrel which allows you to clearly see your lenses (depending on your vision!). The case then has a white plastic cage inside which holds a pair of contact lenses. The way this is designed allows you to remove the lid and then access each lens individually. Overall it can be said that the design is very simple, and ever-so effective.
The contact lens barrel will hold 10ml of contact lens solution for keeping your lenses moist whilst in storage and also free from contamination. Storing them in this way also allows you to clean the lenses at the same time. The cage is also labelled with 'R' and 'L' for each eye, I have the same prescription for both eyes but if you have contrasting lense strengths then this is a handy feature to have.
If you remember to change the solution each time and regularly change the barrel then the 'Universal Barrel Style Contact Lens Case' is an ideal product for the storage and cleaning of your monthly lenses. The disadvantage is that you need to use 10ml of solution each time, as you must change the solution every time you take the lenses out of the barrel. It is also worth noting that this type of case is not suitable for hard/rgp type contact lenses.
I chose to wear contact lenses since the opticians was telling me the cause of my head pains were because of my poor eyesight. I didn't want to wear glasses after trying around five frames on i felt quit paranoid about how i looked. Getting glasses is like getting a new hairstyle and i always make in the middle decisions. The lens i get are monthly disposables and need to be cared for carefully..
The lens case i got was fiddly so after a search around on my fav online store amazon uk i found the universal barrel style contact lens cases and bought them for £6.00.
You can choose from the white barrel case or baby pink i went for the pink make it look a bit more stylish.
These come in a pack of three.
Its a barrel shaped container, clear transparent plastic , sterilised with a baby pink screw on lid. The cage that holds the lens are attached to the lid inside the container. The cage structure holds a lens at each side and are shaped like a lens and curved out the way so they fit nice inside.
To use the universal barrel contact lens case is easy. There is a marking on the container showing how much cleaning solution to and then you can put the lens in the cage and screw the lid on so it doesn't leak and the lens are sitting inside the solution.
I have to go through this rigmarole every night, this used to be a real time consuming pain especially as i was paranoid about the container getting germs or dirt in it but i'm so used to using the cases now it doesn't take long at all and i do it every night and the lenses are ready for me to put in come morning.
I much prefer this case , its not fiddly and easy to use.
I highly recommend the universal barrel contact lens cases.
Universal Barrel Style Contact Lens Case
This Barrel Style Contact Lens Case is an incredibly simple accessory in terms of design and ease of use, but it's very effective at doing what it is meant to do. It consists of a small tub with a screw on lid, and a cage-like contact lens holder which you place inside. The cage folds open and has two compartments - one for each contact lens. The compartments are marked for left and right so as to avoid mixing your lenses up. When you take out your lenses you put them in the cage then close it and insert it into the tub which you must fill with whatever cont lens solution you use. Very easy to use.
I've only recently started using the barrel style contact lens case, as previously I used the ones you get free with bottles of solution that are just two compartments each with a screw on lid. However with those ones you risk the lens not being completely submersed in the solution and so it might be as clean as is necessary. With the barrel style case, the lenses are completely submersed so you can be safe in the knowledge that they are getting a good clean.
One drawback is that you have to use more solution each time you put your lenses away, although it is not a huge amount more and not really significant enough to cause you any real financial loss. The case is small - about 5 cm by 2 cm - so it is very easy to carry around without trouble. With some contact lens cases I sometimes find they leak solution if I carry them around in a bag or in my pocket, but with the barrel style case I have never had this problem.
They are slightly more expensive than the other kind of lens case - I bought mine for about a fiver but they can be purchased for varying prices under a tenner. For a lens case which keeps your lenses clean and without damage, I think this is a very good price, and I think it is worth forking out a little bit more money for the security this case offers.
To all those partially sighted people out there, I empathise and to all our 20 20 visioned friends, I envy you!
I have dabbled with dailies and monthly contact lenses over the years and now on a contact with a good set of dailies making my contact lens barrel obsolete. Hurray! However, when I had monthly disposable contact lenses, it was something I could not do without. It keeps your lenses clean and safe and ready for your next usage.
*Price and availability*
I've previously received a couple of free cases when purchasing my prescriptions, however they do recommend that you change your case as frequently as possible. You can pick them up online for around £3.99.
*Description and directions*
The case measures around 4.5cm x 2.5cm. It has a white lid that securely fastens and keeps the solution from spilling. You can happily throw the barrel in your bag and forget about it as I've never had a problem with a leaky top. Attached to the lid is the contact lens cage. It is a fairly simple concept, but a good design nonetheless. The contact lens cage opens up on each side
The case can be filled with 10mls of the contact lens solution which is plenty enough to cover the lens and clean them adequately.The lid fits securely and so its perfectly okay to use this case when in transit and you can be secure in the knowledge that the contact lens solution will not leak. Attached to the lid is the contact lens storage cage. If you pull the lid off with the cage attached, you will see that on one side of the cage it is labelled Right and the other side is labelled....you guess it the left. This can be quite important to remember if you have a different prescription for each eye.
The case will hold around 10ml of contact lens solution and now all you need to do is screw the lid back on with the lenses safely in the cage. It is important to put this much in to make sure your lenses are fully submerged to prevent them drying out.
*Can I use hard/rgp contacts with this case?*
Standard barrel cases are much easier to find and are only suitable for soft lenses. They should not be used for hard/rgp lenses as they can cause them to become cracked or damaged. Standard barrel cases can contain catalytic discs, which, when used with a peroxide contact lens solution, neutralise the solution and clean your lenses in the process. Hard/rgp lenses need to be stored in an opticase. These have rubber pincers to hold the lens in place and allow solution to move freely around the lens.
The barrel design stops your lenses sticking together and allows you to completely submerge them in contact lens solution. The downside to this is that it uses 10ml of liquid every time. Contact lens solution is not cheap and this does seem fairly wasteful.
However, using the barrel cleans the contact lenses as well as just storing them. Whenever I have used the barrel, my contacts are fresh for the next day and clean. I have used the regular lay down soaking case and experienced a few occasions when I have struggled to get them out of the base and in the process transferred some dust or particles and really felt in when putting them in my eye. The barrel makes the lenses much easier to find and take hold of; making the process of insertion a lot more comfortable.
I would use the barrel again; I find it convenient and easy to use. My only concern is that they really do need changing all the time to prevent contact lens build up in the bottom. This can be really dangerous as you could in effect be transferring bacteria straight into your eyes. For this reason, I think that the suppliers should give you a new barrel every month rather than one per 3 or 6 as I have previously experienced.
What I like about the lense case, is that the one with the catalyst can easily double up as a lense case when storing your lenses with normal saline solution, not just the peroxide solution.
It is not readily apparent when the catalyst has been 'exhausted'. I personally change the case once I have gone through one standard size bottle of peroxide solution. The catalyst is generally effective at neutralizing the peroxide solution, but always remember to rinse with saline before putting in your lenses to wash off any residue. Forget to do this, and you can end up with really red, itchy eyes that sting.
The lense case has a line at the top, which is helpful for filling up the case with just the right amount of solution. The hinge mechanism is quite good for storing the lenses safely, and although it feels like you can accidentally 'trap' the lense while closing up the hinges, I've never had a problem with this (probably because the lense is too thin and well lubricated to get trapped).
The only problem is that sometimes the hinged lense cases fall off the centre pole, but they're not too fiddly to attach back on.