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As someone who wears both contact lenses and eyeglasses, what I prefer to wear at the time is driven mainly by what I'm doing. Eyeglasses are more comfortable if I'm working long bouts at a computer, whereas contact lenses are the better option for physical activities. So I would typically carry around all the needed eyecare accessories with me in the event that I needed to make a change. This practice quickly became cumbersome, so I found a travel contact lens case to help organize these items. This case included a small bottle for contact lens solution, a contact lens case, a mirror, and storage for my eyeglasses.
After a few weeks of using this case, I developed a painful eye infection. After a discussion with my eye care professional, she informed me that transferring contact solution from my large bottle to the small bottle provided in the case was likely the cause of the infection. Per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “Do not transfer contact lens solutions into smaller travel-size containers. This can affect the sterility of the solution which can lead to an eye infection.” (Contact Lens Solutions and Products, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/contact-lenses/contact-lens-solutions-and-products.)
After this unfortunate experience, I tried to find a travel contact lens case that worked with standard travel-sized (2 FL OZ) solution bottles produced by most manufacturers of contact solution. If I could find such a case, this would eliminate the need to transfer solution between bottles. After an extensive search, it became clear that no such case existed and thus began the design process of Oplee™ Travel Contact Lens Case.
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