“ Brand: Novartis / Lens Accessories: Drops / Dosage Form: Drops „
purchased some Vital Eyes Eye Drops to help with my dry eye problem which can make my contact lenses dry up and fall out of my eyes after I have been wearing them for several hours. I have tried many brands of eye drops in my attempt to find something which eases the discomfort.
I liked these drops because they were safe to use with the lenses in, as opposed to having to remove the lenses, apply the drops then wait a while and put the lenses back in. With these you just pop them in on top of the lens, blink and they get to work. I didn't find that they were overly effective however and whilst they did make my eyes feel better for about 10 minutes after I put them in, I felt that they were gone too quickly and I needed to reapply again very soon thereafter. I believe that this is because they are water based and in humid environments, they simply evaporate.
Overall I did like the feeling of these drops, just wished they would last a little bit longer.
I have mentioned on here several times my problems with dry eye and if you have read any of my previous reviews on eye drops you will know that I have tried product after product in an attempt to ease the uncomfortable dry eye I get almost every day.
To give you a summary of my usage I wear contacts for nearly 10 hours per day 5 days a week, only wearing them at weekends if I go out. So I would say at least 55-60 hours a week. This has caused me horrid dry eye and after a days wearing I cannot wait to get home and take them off. But at least with Vital Eyes Contacts I have something to look forward too...
I picked up a 10ml bottle of Vital Eyes Contacts for around £2 from a local chemist. I have never heard of the brand of manufacturer previously and bought it as it was one of the few on the shelf that I had not tried. Much to my relief Vital Eyes Contacts works pretty well.
The instructions with Vital Eyes Contacts are clear. One drop after removal of lenses in each eye is all that is needed. The liquid is nice and thin, does not sting and has no odour. As soon as you drip the Vital Eyes Contacts into the eye it starts to feel soothed and within 10 minutes that bout of dry eye has gone and the eye is back to being nice and moist. The effect does tend to wear off after a few hours though which is the one disappointing aspect but this does not really affect me and my lens uses but it may affect you if you have a different pattern. Either way the main thing here with the Vital Eyes Contacts is that it works in terms of easing the niggling of dryness in the eye and it means after a day of wearing lenses my eyes feel normal.
How much use will you get from Vital Eyes Contacts? Well it has to be used within 12 weeks as the warning on the bottle makes clear but after using it every day it ran out after 8 weeks. Good value still though for the price paid.
How does Vital Eyes Contacts compare to other products? I must say that I feel it is about middle of the road. It is certainly not the worst on the market but nor is it the best mainly due to the fact that it does start to run out!
Either way though, as a solution to Dry Eye it is worth the price and does work to some extent!
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~Reason for buying~
I've recently started wearing contacts, and after several days wear I started to find that my eyes were getting dry. I was browsing the Boots 'reduced items' shelf last month and found this product reduced to 80p so I thought I would try it!
Vital eyes contact lens eye drops, as the name states, is a moisturising solution specifically formulated for contact lens wearers to soothe the dry and irritating feeling that can sometimes occur when wearing lenses. It can be applied whilst the lens is in the eye or out. It can be used as and when needed and is suitable for use with all contact lenses. The product usually retails around £3 for a 10ml bottle, which is a reasonable price, and it is recommended that the product is disposed of after 12 weeks once opened.
According to the manufacturers, the solution contains: Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose 0.3%, sodium chloride, boric acid, potassium chloride and sodium perborate.
~Using the product~
The bottle is a standard eye-drop bottle, with a pipette style dispenser. To dispense the solution from the bottle, just gently squeeze the bottle and it drips out, one drip at a time. Once in the eye, a few blinks are needed to fully distribute the product in the eye. I didn't experience any stinging or discomfort from the product.
Immediately after using this my eyes feel less irritated and they do feel soothed, and this lasts for several hours. My eyes also look a little brighter and healthier. I only ever need to use this once in a while, and when I do, I just use it once and my problems are resolved. My eyes are never terribly uncomfortable to start with, I just use this a pick-me-up and it works.
~Overall opinion and recommendation~
This is a great little buy, I would say it is a must have for all contact lens wearers to have in the cupboard, just incase. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wears contact lenses and who feel their eyes could do with revitalising now and again.
However, If your eyes feel very dry and uncomfortable a lot of the time, I would recommend going to optician just to get checked out.
5 stars from me!
Eye drops for contact lenses started appearing a couple of years back. Before that you had to clean them in saline solution that came in big 300ml bottles that only lasted 8 weeks. I've still got a few half full bottles lying around the house which remind me of the money wasted buying them, they went for about a tenner.
These on the other hand are just under 3 quid from Tescos, last just as long and you can wash you lenses in them.
These eye drops also come in bottles that are very small, and a pocket-able size. I've tried quite a few brands and these compare quite well with the more expensive brands, the only difference is that they don't keep your eyes as fresh for longer so you end up carrying the bottle around and applying it when your eyes start feeling itchy or irritated. The eye drops are basically a saline solution with fancy names for the ingredients that just mean purified salt. The bottle is also reusable but you probably wouldn't unless you made your own saline solution at home. That would make it very cost effective but is it worth taking that risk with your eyes?
Overall, the same as most other eye drops, except cheaper. Just keep it with you at all times and you may actually use a bottle before it expires one day, although probably impossible as they expire too quickly.