Eye Drops for Contacts – 3 Best Eye Drops for Contact Lenses

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So what are the best eye drops for
contact lenses? well in this video I’m going over my top 3 plus stay tuned
towards the end for some extra pro tips on how to help with dry contact lenses
so let’s take a look! hey everyone this is dr. Joe Allen here from doctor eye health
the channel helps with the eyes, vision and finding the best vision products and
on this channel you’ll find a lot of educational videos as well as product
reviews just like this one so if we new here consider subscribing and hey at any
point throughout the video check out the show notes and links below for further
information about everything that we go over otherwise let’s talk about eye
drops for contacts. so believe it or not the number one reason people drop out of
wearing contacts is because of discomfort with their lenses and it’s
it’s no surprise right contact lenses basically act as a little sponge on the
surface of the eye they soak up the moisture from your tears so they end up
either causing irritation to your eyelids or causing kind of the
grittiness sandy feeling to the eye leaving the eye to be irritated and red
so sometimes just needing an extra drop of lubrication is all that you need to
keep you wearing that lens throughout the day. now from a doctor’s perspective
if you’re having discomfort with your lenses it could be that it’s not just
dry but that the lenses aren’t fitting correctly or that maybe the lenses isn’t
the best for you right now however sometimes contacts do obviously get dry
and often a rewetting drop can help particularly after long hours of
computer use or spending a lot of time outside and dry windy conditions so now
let’s go over my three favorite rewetting drops now these drops are not
gonna be in any particular order but I will go over some of their pros and cons
now the first one is opti free pure moist rewetting drops and that’s
important to see that it is re wetting drops this is not just the regular
disinfecting solution that you can use for contacts now this solution is
actually kind of special because it not only is good for soft lenses and that
you’re reading them giving them extra moisture but it actually has some extra
kind of buffers and chemicals that are put into it to help reduce protein
buildup of the lenses this is particularly good if you are a monthly
lens where or perhaps you wear even longer more
extended wear of lenses such as a three months or maybe a special lens that goes
up to six months of replacement now I was able to find this drop pretty easily
just by shopping my local store however I know some doctors have difficulty
finding this drop for their patients so usually it’s around $10 u.s. if you can
find at the store otherwise you can shop around and check online include some
links in the description below but it’s important to note that this drop is
really only meant for soft hydrogel or silicone hydrogel lenses if you are a
hard RGP lens where a rigid gas permeable lens then yeah this drop is
not going to be best for you instead that’ll be next for my second drop we’re
gonna review and that drop is going to be Blink contacts eye lubricating drops
now these drops I have a couple of extra cool benefits to them one is of course
that you can use it for both soft and hard rigid gas permeable lenses or rjp
lenses additionally this drop actually has a couple other features including
what’s something called hyaluronate which is a chemical that is naturally in our
tears so it matches very similar to our tears in addition they balance it with
electrolytes so for some reason when I use this drop it does feel really good
on my eye for my contacts and I usually only need to use one rewetting drop
throughout the day so it is an excellent drop and a choice for you again usually
under ten dollars US and you can find it at most stores as well as online now the
next drop I want to mention is refresh Optive now refresh actually has their
own version for for contacts type of solution however it’s usually more
expensive it’s usually over ten dollars u.s. and honestly if you’re gonna be
spending that type of money for artificial tears you might as well just
go ahead and get the non preserved formulations now non preserve have a
great benefit because most non preserve drops you can use with contact lenses
because it doesn’t have any of those nasty preservatives that could
potentially get soaked up by the lens and then being released in the layout of
the lens onto your eye throughout the day and you just don’t want those
preservatives causing toxic reactions to your cornea now actually a lot of the
drops from the Refresh brand even though the boxes don’t say they’re for contacts
have actually been approved or contact lens use and you want to see
a complete list of the drops that are approved for contact lenses I’ll go
ahead and hook that up in the description below now before I go over
some dry eye tips give me a big thumbs up to let me know that you’d like this
type of content and that I should keep making videos like this so tip number
one for dry and irritated contacts is that if you’re wearing a monthly or a
two week replacement contact lens is to switch different contact lens solutions
the one that would recommend the best for dryness would be clear care and that
is a non preserved contact lens solution so if you’ve never tried clear care it’s
a little different from the other multi-purpose solutions but of course
just pick up the box check out the full label in the description in the back
otherwise you can check out my other video about contact lens solutions and
I’ll hook that up in the YouTube card above as well as in the description
below so tip number two if you haven’t done so already is to switch to a daily
contact lens daily contact lenses have a lot of different benefits including
being healthier for the eye less chance of infection but they are more
convenient that you don’t have to buy solutions you don’t have to clean the
lenses and the lenses themselves because you’re opening a new pack everyday and
putting a fresh one in you don’t have to worry about all of the extra concretions
or protein buildup on those lenses so a lot of the people if you were in a
monthly lens those build-up of biofilms and concretions are actually one of the
reasons why your lens has become more uncomfortable throughout that month so
yeah switching to a daily contact lens is usually ideal for dry eyes my
personal favorite are the daily total ones they have a lot of extra benefits
for dry eyes beyond just being one of the best healthiest lenses on the market
and tip number three is really just get in to see your doctor if you’re having
that much trouble you should really talk with them just to
make sure it’s not any other real problem or if there’s other treatments
for dry eyes such as medication such as Restasis or Xiidra and those medications
it really depends what’s going on in your eyes to know which one is the best
for you or if there’s other type of in office treatments for your dryness that
will help you the best so why a health question of the day which one of these
eyedrops is your favorite or do you have any
other tips to help with dry irritated eyes with contacts go ahead and comment
in the section below I’d love to hear from you guys alright guys thanks so
much for watching if you like to get other
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this is dr. Joe Allen here from doctor I help the channel helps with the eyes
vision and finding the best vision products keep an eye on it and we’ll
talk to you soon so an extra pro tip because you stayed toward the end is to
talk to your eye doctor about coupons for these drops a lot of time we have
manufacturer coupons to save you extra money

 

80 Responses

  1. Doctor Eye Health

    March 24, 2019 11:57 pm

    ⚡⚡⚡Eye Health QOTD: Which eye drop mentioned in this video is your favorite? Do you have any other tips for dry contacts?

    Reply
  2. Meg G

    March 25, 2019 12:13 am

    I want too try contacts again last time they hurt my eyes(so kinda scared). Maybe these tips will help! Thanks!

    Reply
  3. Charlie Fantan

    March 25, 2019 12:14 am

    Great video!! I haven’t used rewetting drops in years because I found that the drops would help ease my dryness and irritation immediately but after about 20min my eyes would feel even drier!! But I am definitely going to check out one of your recommendations 👍🏻

    Reply
  4. leslie

    March 25, 2019 12:20 am

    When I wore contacts, I poured saline solution into my eyes. 😂It got to where I couldn't wait to get them off my eyes. I'm too old to care about them these days…just wear glasses now 🤓

    Reply
  5. Luis Filipe Martins Pereira

    March 25, 2019 12:46 am

    Doctor, you have very good communication skills and you seem very enthusiastic when you're talking…

    Plus, you're good-looking, so the feminine public must love you!😀😁😂

    Regarding this specific video, I guess I will stick with the Bausch+Lomb Biotrue rewetting drops or with the Alcon Systane Ultra, altough this last one doesn't perform very well on my eyes. They get dried again, very fast, while using these drops…

    Your recommendations are very hard to find here on Europe. We have less rewetting drops products, commonly found in retail stores .

    Reply
  6. Zapdos

    March 25, 2019 1:04 am

    I think it’s just the type of contacts you’re wearing. When I used to wear acuvue oasys my eyes would be dry all the time and I’d have to get rewetting drops to help out. When I switched over to the acuvue vita that all stopped. I haven’t used rewetting drops since I switched. That’s just my experience though.

    Reply
  7. bluegreen13

    March 25, 2019 1:05 am

    Just want to make sure I understand. I can put drops in my eyes while wearing the my contacts??? I will look for the Opti Free rewetting drops. Thanks : )

    Reply
  8. Anabel C.S

    March 25, 2019 2:02 am

    Doctor, is it possible for a person to see double as an asygmatism in one eye even though has correction lens? I write this because this is what happens to me sometimes it is corrected and other times it comes

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  9. jeremiah wenzel

    March 25, 2019 2:30 am

    For the RGP contact users out there experience dryness frequently might want to consider changing from Boston Advanced to Lobob optimum. The switch has made the difference between dry contacts after 5 minutes of insertion to not feeling my rgp contacts all day for me.

    Reply
  10. Antony Elten

    March 25, 2019 3:11 am

    Great video! Blink is the king, always worked very well for me and I only ever have to use 2 drops per eye halfway through the day (after 8 hours) and it ensures comfort for another 8!

    Reply
  11. Savanna Braun

    March 25, 2019 3:48 am

    I would love to see a video on Sjogren's!! I was just at my eye doctor and he thinks I have secondary sjogren's due to my other autoimmune diseases, I'd really like to hear about it from you! I saw the one you did on Uveitis and it helped me understand a lot more about it, very useful since one of the AI diseases I have is Psoriatic Arthritis w/ Spondylitis, thankfully I have not had to experience that yet

    Reply
  12. Roland Dawson

    March 25, 2019 4:01 am

    Hi, I asked about this in one of your other videos, but I have this little cluster of red veins on the side of my eye that’s been there for years. Any time that I visit an optician, they only ask if it causes me any pain or if it has changed at all since I’ve had it. I’ve never been told what it is. Do you have any guesses as to what it could be?

    Reply
  13. Arjin Combs

    March 25, 2019 7:15 am

    Are generic formulations of clear care ok? I was looking at walmart's brand. Both use the same cases and opthalmic grade peroxide. Only the cleaning agent is different. I figure both end up as plain saline after six hours..Also would adding a drop or two of refresh tears to the cup make a difference? I know clear care is available with hydraglide but it's expensive. Do you use hydra peg coated rgp lenses? Is it not possible to polish them if that is applied by the lab?

    Reply
  14. Victor Sandoval

    March 25, 2019 8:04 am

    I'd love a in depth video about RGP and why people get put on them. My doctor just finalized my fit and Rx for them.
    He said my Acuity 100 lenses are a yearly lense. How can I keep them as nominal and comfortable as I can for the year?

    Thank you very much. Love your content.

    Reply
  15. Cat E.S

    March 25, 2019 8:17 am

    This is the video I was waiting for. I'm currently using the refresh for contacts, yes, they were I think 12 or 14 USD!

    Reply
  16. Russh75

    March 25, 2019 10:46 am

    I have a question for you : If you have only blinked twice during this 5 or so minute video of yours like I have as that is the max I will ever blink….what then do you do if you have tried two types of dailies and two types of monthlies to the tune of: an unknows brand, a toric type unbranded, B+L Pro vision 2 [when I asked for a trial of Ultra's due to the marketed designed for people in front of devices all day that have a lower blink rate(that were too big as BC was 8.9 not 8.5)] and Acuvue dailies that all fogged up inside of 30 seconds when I need something that takes at the least 10 minutes to fog up?(or not at all)

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  17. Mark Deuz

    March 25, 2019 11:29 am

    I've tried using the Clear Care + Hydragylde a couple times, but it left a feeling that something was in my eye and yes I've left it for at least 6 hours in the solution. The Clear Care Triple Action does the trick though, but I'm not sure what was causing that uncomfortable feeling when using +Hydraglyde. Anyone got an explanation? Should I just stay away from +Hydraglyde in general or was it just bad batches?

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  18. Regina Bedgood

    March 25, 2019 5:57 pm

    Blink is the only one I have tried, but I love t so much I have never needed to try another. One drop in the morning is usually enough to keep my eyes feeling great throughout the day. I would highly recommend it!

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  19. Lulu Love

    March 27, 2019 8:59 am

    For the first eye drops can you put them in with wearing contacts or should you take out your contacts first?

    Reply
  20. Naghman

    March 27, 2019 9:11 am

    Could you please make a videos of actually putting in contact lenses, as well as the cleaning and storing prices?

    I’ve tried multiple brands on contacts, solutions and resetting drops, but my eyes get dry and vision blurry.

    Idk if I am making a mistake in the cleaning process or not.

    Reply
  21. gurwinder singh

    March 27, 2019 3:18 pm

    can possible treatment for amblyopia after 23 age ? Please answer this question because i am suffering this problem

    Reply
  22. BenjaminDKadoch

    March 30, 2019 12:48 am

    Thanks for another among many great vids, Dr. I feel relieved knowing that broader range of Refresh eye drops. About Clear Care, I had two mishaps: I’ve had brand new lenses useless after using it: my last pair of PureVision 2 and my first pair of Optixa Acqua :/ I went by the boom using the solution but the lenses looked and felt over 50% dehydrated. Maybe it was something by chance?

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  23. dldl

    April 10, 2019 4:03 pm

    Hey doc, is it correct that an eye with a slight astigmatism is prone to dryness? I find that one of my eyes and in particular the inner part close to my nose is drier than the rest of the eye and other eye. I wear total 1 dailies and could easily wear one in my left eye for 16 hours but have to take them out after about 10 hours because my inner corner of my right eye gets uncomfortable and dry, when I blink it feels like my upper lid is ‘sticking’ and grabbing the lens. Very frustrating as I never had this issue with monthlies (wore them for 13 years) but am now allergic to them after suffering with gpc.

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  24. Ricardo Viatruso

    April 11, 2019 7:45 pm

    I’m 32, I’ve been wearing glasses since 12; your videos have made the transition to contacts (and eye care in general) very comforting and interesting. Thank you Dr.! 🙂

    Reply
  25. JacquiH

    April 27, 2019 10:55 pm

    Thank you for the tips. I've worn contacts since I was 15. I was diagnosed with dry eye syndrome. Had completely given up on wearing contacts again because I couldn't find a brand I could wear comfortably and when I did , I couldn't get them out of my eye because they were glued to my eyeball! Found a contact that I can wear and bought all the drops you recommended an FINALLY found a rewetting drop that works (the blink). Thank you! You have a great channel and I hope you continue. You have great advice! Thanks from a Canadian subscriber 🇨🇦

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  26. Conor Tierney

    April 28, 2019 2:49 pm

    Can anyone recommend hayfever/irritated eye drops that are over the counter or prescription

    Reply
  27. Jon Barber

    May 1, 2019 12:00 pm

    Could you do a video on redness relief eye drops, giving alternatives and limitations, and talk about lumify as the new one on the market.

    Reply
  28. Ivory Bondoc

    May 16, 2019 10:59 am

    Hi Doc. Did u tried already Opti-free Replenish solution & rewetting drops? I mean which is better solution/rewetting drops between OPTI-FREE PUREMOIST & OPTI-FREE REPLENISH? They’re both made by Alcon anyway. Thanks!😊

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  29. Pura Periculo

    May 28, 2019 10:20 pm

    Question should I throw away my rewetting drops after a while of not using them ? Thanks

    Reply
  30. Brandad

    May 31, 2019 1:06 pm

    Can daily lenses be removed temporarily and put into a solution? (For example when showering)

    Reply
  31. mrboost

    June 2, 2019 1:45 pm

    Refresh repair has been good since recently starting to wear contacts (myopia)

    However I think I may give the blink a try soon 🤔

    Edit: Blink contacts formula is definitely really good on the eyes.. ! Great recommendation

    Reply
  32. Kristina Knight

    June 14, 2019 5:11 am

    I find that using the blink eye drops makes my eyes feel even more dry. I just bought the clear care plus hydraglyde though so I’m hoping that helps my dry eyes. Considering putting the drops into my contacts before putting them in. It’s just crazy to me because when i first wore contacts they never bothered me and coming back to them years later i can barely keep them in my eyes for an hour 🤦🏻‍♀️

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  33. Nikku 001

    June 21, 2019 12:23 pm

    My one eye lense had become dry and hard…after that i put it into solution then it became soft again…should i use it or not???

    Reply
  34. Kaito Yuu

    June 30, 2019 3:08 pm

    Is it normal that I can only wear my dailies for a maximum 5 hours while my friends can wear them for a whole day? I don't think I have dry eye when I'm just wearing glasses

    Reply
  35. hersheythebody

    July 1, 2019 4:36 pm

    Just brought SYSTANE because my eyes gets dry, it feels as if my contact are sucking my eye balls.

    Reply
  36. Julietta Melkonyan

    July 4, 2019 6:32 am

    I have only tried the Blink eyedrops. I started wearing contacts about 5 months ago and I have the monthly ones but they haven't lasted me a month.. they get really dry and itchy and sometimes when I try to clean them they rip 🙁

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  37. Julianna Lin

    July 8, 2019 9:21 pm

    I wear scleral lenses – what would be the best for dry eyes? I have a lot of dryness and soreness. I want to use ones with a touch of mineral oil but they cloud up lenses. I find I have to use thicker drops to last longer and not have to apply so frequently.

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  38. RM Clark

    July 19, 2019 4:02 pm

    I use Dailies Total 1 and still feel a bit gritty late in the PM. Will the three re-wetting drops you mentioned be okay for me? Thanks..loved the content.

    Reply
  39. Eric Disiac

    July 24, 2019 7:30 am

    Refresh Optive & Refresh Plus are both Preservative free. What is the difference? Costco sales Refresh Plus with 100 Viles and others stores only go up to 60 on the OPTIVE. Both Online after some research are recommended for Dry Eye and for Contact use. Is it ok to just get the PLUS? Hoping for a response!

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  40. hadiqa muskan javed

    August 8, 2019 4:14 pm

    hello doctor one of my contact lens got shrink and the other one is doing fine and the are non disposable lenses what to do???

    Reply
  41. supreet Dhaliwal

    August 10, 2019 5:01 am

    When I apply without power coloured contact lenses my eyes become reddish and fall tears from it. So can I use blink medicine?

    Reply
  42. Sharon French

    August 13, 2019 5:04 pm

    All manufacturers should be including on the box or bottle whether they are safe to use with contacts in or out. It is too hard to figure it out when you are looking for new drops.

    Reply
  43. Gerald L

    August 16, 2019 6:35 pm

    Hey Dr.A….can you also talk about dry eyes and soft contact lens fitting. I have personally found soft lenses tend to shrink and tighten on my dry eyes. Some lenses are better or worse for this. Dry eyes and soft lens parameter changes?

    Reply
  44. Gerald L

    August 19, 2019 5:36 pm

    I use Blink n clean for both my hard and soft lenses.Boston lens rewetting drops for rgp's. And Puremoist rewetting drops when I can get it as it's not avail in Canada.

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  45. A. D. Masoud

    September 21, 2019 6:03 pm

    Loved this video Dr. Allen .
    .
    I've an important question,
    Please let me know if the eye drops ( Systane Ultra / Systane Gel drops ) are safe to be used with RGB hard contact lenses ?

    Thanks in advance 😊.

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  46. JesseH

    September 23, 2019 11:24 pm

    I use to use drop for lenses called "Clearz with a z. Those worked well, especially for clearing up the eyes. They stopped making them, but I was able to find something similar…but not wearing contacts for 2 years I forget those now!

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  47. Bluh.

    September 26, 2019 8:42 am

    i am thinking about purchasing BLINK, as I have a 1 month soft lens and do i have to remove my contacts then put the drops on my contacts or can i put the drop straight into my eyes with the contacts on (like normal eye drops)?

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  48. Gerald L

    September 30, 2019 9:42 pm

    The BLINK products for some reason gives me dry lens and deposits. I figure it's from tear film stability. Not right away but after using it a few times. Hydra sense night gel was recommended for dry eyes and as a rewetting drop.Optifree free puremoist rewetting drops is also a great rewetter.

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  49. kapil mittal

    October 8, 2019 4:02 pm

    Hey I used contact lenses 1 year ago it felt awesome but I had some problem. After removing it in the evening I saw halos around lights hence I had to quit, i used barish and Lomb softlens monthly disposable please advice

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  50. Kyle Boselli

    November 16, 2019 10:17 pm

    Hi Doctor Allen. I saw that you say Refresh Optive is safe for contacts. Can Refresh Optive Advanced Sensitive be used with contacts as well?

    The worst thing about the Refresh Brand is that they have so many products that look very similar and I'm confused :S.

    Thank you in advance!

    Reply
  51. TheMoon

    November 26, 2019 12:57 am

    are those gel eye drops bad for contacts? doc gave me this systane ultra hydration drops but theres a gel version too.

    Reply

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