I've been a contact lens wearer since I was around 14 years old, and never had problems with them until I became older (it's definitely the age!) and started sitting in front of the computer for long periods. My eyes get tired easily, and because I rub them all the time, I had frequent eyes problem. I have now stopped using contact lenses frequently, and only use them when I go out for an event or gathering, but my eyes are still really tired all the time.
I haven't been the best at using eye drops, even though my optician highly recommend it. I have bought a few in the past, and have tried different brands, but they are either too minty ("I can't open my eyeeesss!"), or they feel too much like water (imagine water splashing into your eyes). And I'm not alone in this.
Abby doesn't like water splashing into her face, and trying to squeeze eye drops into her eyes is like a battle. She complained about the stinging and simply hates it (I'm sure she's not the only child though).
So when we were offered an opportunity to review the new Bausch & Lomb eye drops, I was a bit skeptical. I was in fact going to turn the opportunity down, but because Abby has been squinting a lot these 2 years (we are still not sure if her eyes are over tired, she did it out of habit or it is stress related), and they claimed that it is proven to calm and soothe irritated eyes and is suitable for all ages (we've never tried suitable for children eye drops before), I decided that we should give it a go.
The eye drops is Bausch & Lomb's Vidisan eye drops (RRP £4.50 for 10ml, found in independent pharmacies; suitable for all ages) contains Povidone and Euphrasia.
"Povidone forms a protective layer to retain moisture on the surface of the eye and helps the formulation supplement the aqueous layer of the team film."
"Euphrasia (eyebright plant extract) is a naturally occurring substance, used in medicines since Egyptian times, which alleviates allergic conjunctivitis and conjunctivitis due to external irritants, such as wind, pollen, and other causes of eye irritation."
Vidisan is also adjusted to the physiological pH of tears.
Note for contact lens wearers: remove contact lenses before applying Vidisan and wait for 15 minutes before putting them back in again.
The first impression after applying a drop in each of my eyes is that they don't feel cold. In fact, they felt very comfortable (temperature and texture wise) and my eyes felt moisturised (like after applying cream on your skin kind of moisturised, but not greasy of course). This is quite a new feeling because I always have to spend a couple of seconds to blink my eyes after putting in eye drops, and longer for those that have a cooling effect. The Vidisan did instantly gave me a soothing effect as stated.
So I moved on to Abby. At first she was quite scared, until I assured her that these drops feel different, and I would let her keep her eyes closed (I have learned to drop it on the inner corner of her eyes and gently maneuver her eye lid to let the drop seep in). After they've gone in, she said that the drops did feel different and her eyes felt very comfortable. After a good 2 weeks of trialing, she also said that her eyes doesn't feel as tired and her blinking seem to have improved (although I'm not sure whether this is because of the eye drops or it is psychological). In fact, she likes them so much she's been reminding me to drop eye drops into her eyes every day (I'm always the one that forgets).
I know that there are eye drops for children on the market, but we haven't tried those before, so I'm not sure how they compare. The thing is, eye drops aren't cheap for its size and they only last 1.5 months after opening, so I would rather buy an eye drop that we can all share (just make sure you don't touch the tip on the eyes) to make the most of the bottle (mine tends to go into the bin after 6 drops).
I think the only down side is that you can't apply it straight onto your contact lenses, but with my daily moist lenses that I only wear occasionally, I think I'll be fine.
For those who are seeking a gentle feeling eye drops, I'd recommend you to give Vidisan a try. If you are a contact lens wearer, you can always give Bausch & Lomb's Biotrue Rewetting Drops (approximately £8 depending on the pack, but will last for 6 months) a try, which can be dropped straight into contact lenses.