There are a lot of visitors to Japan who really want to do some shopping at drugstores. Among this group, eye drops can be particularly popular. This article will teach you some important tidbits that will come in useful when you are searching for the best eye medicines. It'll introduce the most popular ones, as well as the different types and their effects.
The Best Eye Drops and Their Effects
General Eye Drops (一般点眼薬)
These are standard eye drops. General eyes drops are used when you are not suffering from an allergy or infection. They contain components that guard against tiredness, itchiness, and redness.
Anti-bacterial Eye Drops (抗菌性点眼薬)
These contain bacteria fighting properties and are used in the treatment of bacterial infections. They are also used to improve the condition of ailments such as conjunctivitis (pink eye), sties, and blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid).
Artificial Tears (人工涙液)
These drops are made with components designed to supplement tears. They are used to combat dry eyes, when you feel as though you have something in your eyes, or when your contacts feel uncomfortable.
Contact Lens Fluid (コンタクトレンズ装着液)
These drops are applied to the surface of contact lenses before applying them. They become like a cushion between the pupil and the lens and reduce the gritty and unpleasant feeling that can come with wearing contacts.
These drops are used to wash eyes and protect against eye diseases. (They are commonly applied after swimming, as well as when dust and sweat get into the eye.) They also wash away viruses and pollen. Eyewash drops can also be useful when you want to clean your eyes after removing contacts.
Popular Eye Drops
Rohto Antibacterial Drops i (ロート抗菌目薬i)
These drops work to heal eyes afflicted with sties and conjunctivitis. As well as containing anti-bacterial components, they also contain two components that fight against inflammation and the pain and swelling that result from it. They are designed with active ingredients that remain on the front of the eye, working for long periods. They give a long-lasting freshness from just one use, without causing the eye to tear. Children can also use it.
Effective against: Conjunctivitis, itchiness, and blepharitis
Price: 980 JPY (excl. tax)
Sante Beautéye (サンテボーディエ)
The refined design of this eye drop bottle leaves a strong impression. It is the creation of world renowned designer Tokujin Yoshioka, and looks exactly like a perfume bottle. The drops contain five active ingredients such as taurine, a compound that improves the turnover of cells in the pupil. They soothe tiredness, redness, and discomfort in the eye, and cause them to shine with a healthy sparkle. A thin nozzle ensures that the drops don't mess with your makeup. The faint hint of rose perfume from the drops is also soothing.
Effective against: Tired eyes, conjunctivitis, redness, dimness in sight (when you have a lot of mucus in the eye), itchiness, eye infections (after swimming or when dust or sweat gets into the eyes), blepharitis, diseases that result from ultraviolet rays as well as other ailments arising from the sun's rays (such as snow blindness), and discomfort arising from wearing hard contact lenses
Price: 1,500 JPY (incl. tax)
Sante AL Cool (サンテALクール)
These drops work against bloodshot and itchy eyes, which are symptoms that arise from allergies. They also contain components that help cure damage that the eye endured while experiencing these symptoms. They are imbued with an invigorating coolness that provides comfort and has the effect of reducing itchiness.
Effective against: Itchiness, conjunctivitis, redness, blepharitis, dimness in sight (when you have a lot of mucus in the eye), eye diseases (after swimming or when dust and sweat get into the eye), tiredness, diseases that result from ultraviolet rays as well as other ailments arising from the sun's rays (such as snow blindness), and discomfort from wearing hard contact lenses
Price: 930 JPY (excl. tax)
Smile Contact EX AL-W Cool (スマイルコンタクトEX AL-Wクール)
These drops can be applied even while wearing contacts (except color contacts). Smile Contact works on two fronts with both anti-bacterial components and itchiness suppressing components that help assuage the sticking, grittiness, and itching that can occur while wearing contacts. The drops penetrate deeply, giving rise to a refreshing level of comfort. They can also be used after you remove your contacts.
Effective against: Itchiness, discomfort that arises from wearing soft and hard contact lenses, tiredness, dimness in sight (when you have a lot of mucus in the eye), diseases that result from ultraviolet rays and other ailments arising from the sun's rays (such as snow blindness), and eye diseases (after swimming or when dust and sweat get into the eye)
Price: 600 JPY (excl. tax)
Sante FX Neo (サンテFXネオ)
These invigorating drops leave the eyes feeling refreshed. It gets the eye working and contains compounds that are effective against tiredness and redness. It also works to treat symptoms like snow blindness that arise from the influence of ultraviolet rays.
Effective against: Tired eyes, conjunctivitis, redness, itchiness, diseases that result from ultraviolet rays as well as other ailments arising from the sun's rays (such as snow blindness), dimness in sight (when you have a lot of mucus in the eye), blepharitis, eye diseases (after swimming or when dust and sweat get into the eye), and discomfort arising from wearing hard contact lenses
Price: 880 JPY (excl. tax)
In Japanese drugstores, there are numerous different types of eye medicine. Keep this article close when you go out searching for your preferred type.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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