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Old 02-03-2011, 07:48 PM
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Hi, im a student at the university of leeds performing some research for a design project on contact lens packaging. I was wondering what sort of issues any of you have with the packaging used at the moment, any feedback would be great

thanks in advance!

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Old 02-04-2011, 05:06 PM
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My contacts over the last few years have all been from Coopervision. I find the boxes more difficult to deal with than the individual units. Sometimes the pull-tab portion of foil on the units isn't long enough, but generally I don't have any problem opening them.

The boxes, on the other hand, are another story. The first time I got them, there was a natural temptation to want to open them at the glued end panels. I don't remember how I figured out that intended way to open them, but now that I know how, it's easy. I just picked up a new box of Biofinity Torics today, and sure enough, there's absolutely nothing in the way of instructions, arrows, or another indication telling you how to open them.

There's a tab and slot for reclosing the box (similar to cereal boxes, only a bit more reliable), but that seems like unnecessary overdesign. There doesn't seem any reason not to store the box upside down, allowing its own weight to keep the lid closed.
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:33 PM
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My contacts over the last few years have all been from Coopervision. I find the boxes more difficult to deal with than the individual units. Sometimes the pull-tab portion of foil on the units isn't long enough, but generally I don't have any problem opening them.

The boxes, on the other hand, are another story. The first time I got them, there was a natural temptation to want to open them at the glued end panels. I don't remember how I figured out that intended way to open them, but now that I know how, it's easy. I just picked up a new box of Biofinity Torics today, and sure enough, there's absolutely nothing in the way of instructions, arrows, or another indication telling you how to open them.

There's a tab and slot for reclosing the box (similar to cereal boxes, only a bit more reliable), but that seems like unnecessary overdesign. There doesn't seem any reason not to store the box upside down, allowing its own weight to keep the lid closed.
Here's a picture of a couple of boxes of Biofinity contacts. Do any of the features show that you mentioned, GaryFx?
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:22 PM
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That picture doesn't show the embossed area on the top cover that gets used for the tab to hold it closed, but that could just be the lighting and/or limited resolution. And obviously there's no "open here" legend.
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:49 AM
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I've always found lens packs made by J&J and Ciba are easier to take contacts out of than those made by Cooper and B&L.

Hope that counts for something
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I've always found lens packs made by J&J and Ciba are easier to take contacts out of than those made by Cooper and B&L.

Hope that counts for something
So the "blister pack" slides out more easily, is that what you mean?
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:39 PM
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So the "blister pack" slides out more easily, is that what you mean?
What I mean is, once I open a single blister pack, the lenses are easier to take out of the blister pack. I think this has to do with the shape of the blister pack (Ciba and J&J have a more round shape)
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<picture of Biofinity box and three lenses
This picture shows the embossing for the tab on the top cover.
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This picture shows the embossing for the tab on the top cover.
That outline along the bottom of the Biofinity box that kinda looks like a boat, right?
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That outline along the bottom of the Biofinity box that kinda looks like a boat, right?
Yes, that's what I mean.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:26 AM
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Hi, im a student at the university of leeds performing some research for a design project on contact lens packaging. I was wondering what sort of issues any of you have with the packaging used at the moment, any feedback would be great

thanks in advance!

oliver
So what has your research uncovered so far, olivermorris?
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Hi, im a student at the university of leeds performing some research for a design project on contact lens packaging. I was wondering what sort of issues any of you have with the packaging used at the moment, any feedback would be great

thanks in advance!

oliver
Hi Oliver,

I currently use Acuvue True Eye. I have little problems with the box that the contacts are stored in other than the tab for holding the box shut could be more reliable. My main problem with the packaging comes down to the foil that covers the plastic dish that the contacts are stored in. I find that the perforations between each contact holder aren't good enough and unless I'm really slow and careful I tend to end up tearing the foil as I try and seperate off the contacts that I need from the rest.
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Hi Oliver,

I currently use Acuvue True Eye. I have little problems with the box that the contacts are stored in other than the tab for holding the box shut could be more reliable. My main problem with the packaging comes down to the foil that covers the plastic dish that the contacts are stored in. I find that the perforations between each contact holder aren't good enough and unless I'm really slow and careful I tend to end up tearing the foil as I try and separate off the contacts that I need from the rest.
I'm having a hard time picturing "the plastic dish that the contacts are stored in." Do you mean the blister pack?
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I'm having a hard time picturing "the plastic dish that the contacts are stored in." Do you mean the blister pack?
If that's what it's called then yes.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:01 AM
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Hi Oliver,

I currently use Acuvue True Eye. I have little problems with the box that the contacts are stored in other than the tab for holding the box shut could be more reliable. My main problem with the packaging comes down to the foil that covers the plastic dish that the contacts are stored in. I find that the perforations between each contact holder aren't good enough and unless I'm really slow and careful I tend to end up tearing the foil as I try and seperate off the contacts that I need from the rest.
I take pills that are in a similar foil packet and sometimes it's really hard to separate one capsule from the rest. I think the perforations must not be cut all the way through or something. In that case I just use scissors to cut them apart.

Speaking of which, time to take my medicine.
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:52 AM
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So what has your research uncovered so far, olivermorris?
I was wondering about that, too. Olivermorris whetted our appetites for a research project, then didn't deliver. Oh well, it was probably over my head anyway.
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I was wondering about that, too. Olivermorris whetted our appetites for a research project, then didn't deliver. Oh well, it was probably over my head anyway.
Nice illustration, Eagleye. Woosh!
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If that's what it's called then yes.
Yes, that thingee in the model's hands is a blister back. So called because of the plastic "blister" or bubble used to hold the actual product.
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I don't really have any problems with the packaging of the Ciba disposalbe lenses I use, but I do have a couple of comments.

The boxes rarely open nicely- they won't tear tidily along the perforations. This is absolutely no problem, but just fainly irritating.

It'd be nice to be able to get a plastic box rather like the cardboard one (perhaps branded) to carry a supply of lenses in when I'm travelling.

The blister packs seem well designed in terms of using them, but when I empty the bathroom bin, I feel a bit guilty about the wastage of packaging. I usually separate the foil and plastic and recycle them, but many people don't. Could we have thinner, lighter, less wasteful packaging? - or would that be harder to use or more prone to failure?

On that middle point, I'd really like something that'll hold my glasses, a dozen pairs of lenses, a couple of tubes of eyedrops and a little mirror without those objects scratching or damaging each other. A little tool roll or pouch or case. Anyone know of such a thing?
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I don't really have any problems with the packaging of the Ciba disposalbe lenses I use, but I do have a couple of comments.

The boxes rarely open nicely- they won't tear tidily along the perforations. This is absolutely no problem, but just fainly irritating.

It'd be nice to be able to get a plastic box rather like the cardboard one (perhaps branded) to carry a supply of lenses in when I'm travelling.

The blister packs seem well designed in terms of using them, but when I empty the bathroom bin, I feel a bit guilty about the wastage of packaging. I usually separate the foil and plastic and recycle them, but many people don't. Could we have thinner, lighter, less wasteful packaging? - or would that be harder to use or more prone to failure?

On that middle point, I'd really like something that'll hold my glasses, a dozen pairs of lenses, a couple of tubes of eyedrops and a little mirror without those objects scratching or damaging each other. A little tool roll or pouch or case. Anyone know of such a thing?
You've got several good ideas in this post, Amanda. I don't know of any kind of carrying container like you described, but maybe someone clever will come along and invent what you described. Don't they have some kind of inventor game show?
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You've got several good ideas in this post, Amanda. I don't know of any kind of carrying container like you described, but maybe someone clever will come along and invent what you described. Don't they have some kind of inventor game show?
I think I've seen that inventor show, Healinghands2, but I haven't seen it in a while so they must have run out of inventors.
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That picture doesn't show the embossed area on the top cover that gets used for the tab to hold it closed, but that could just be the lighting and/or limited resolution. And obviously there's no "open here" legend.
I guess that's not a very good illustration then, is it?
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That picture doesn't show the embossed area on the top cover that gets used for the tab to hold it closed, but that could just be the lighting and/or limited resolution. And obviously there's no "open here" legend.
That's funny. There are plenty of pictures on the Internet of Biofinity boxes, but I couldn't find one that showed this "open here" thing. Maybe someone has a box they can photograph and post it here.
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That's funny. There are plenty of pictures on the Internet of Biofinity boxes, but I couldn't find one that showed this "open here" thing. Maybe someone has a box they can photograph and post it here.
That would be helpful, Kirk. I just wish I had a box I could take a picture of for you. I'm just making sure the thread stays open.
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I guess that's not a very good illustration then, is it?
It's okay, comicbookguy. Don't be sad. You tried.
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I think I've seen that inventor show, Healinghands2, but I haven't seen it in a while so they must have run out of inventors.
Well at least I'm pretty sure I didn't just imagine the program.

Maybe we're both hallucinating . . .
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So has anyone managed to find a picture of a box of contact lenses showing "that 'open here' thing"?
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So has anyone managed to find a picture of a box of contact lenses showing "that 'open here' thing"?
I have a box but don't know what it is that is being refered to to take a photo of it. My boxes don't have anything that isn't already shown on the picture someone else posted.

[Edit] actually, looking back through the posts #6 shows the only "open here" thing that I can see on my box and that is the section at the bottom of the picture that looks like a little boat
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Hi, im a student at the university of leeds performing some research for a design project on contact lens packaging. I was wondering what sort of issues any of you have with the packaging used at the moment, any feedback would be great

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Have you given up on us Oliver?
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I have a box but don't know what it is that is being refered to to take a photo of it. My boxes don't have anything that isn't already shown on the picture someone else posted.

[Edit] actually, looking back through the posts #6 shows the only "open here" thing that I can see on my box and that is the section at the bottom of the picture that looks like a little boat
Does it actually have the words "open here" on it?
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. . . looking back through the posts #6 shows the only "open here" thing that I can see on my box and that is the section at the bottom of the picture that looks like a little boat
That's probably it, KatKatKat.
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I don't really have any problems with the packaging of the Ciba disposalbe lenses I use, but I do have a couple of comments.

The boxes rarely open nicely- they won't tear tidily along the perforations. This is absolutely no problem, but just fainly irritating.

It'd be nice to be able to get a plastic box rather like the cardboard one (perhaps branded) to carry a supply of lenses in when I'm traveling.

The blister packs seem well designed in terms of using them, but when I empty the bathroom bin, I feel a bit guilty about the wastage of packaging. I usually separate the foil and plastic and recycle them, but many people don't. Could we have thinner, lighter, less wasteful packaging? - or would that be harder to use or more prone to failure?

On that middle point, I'd really like something that'll hold my glasses, a dozen pairs of lenses, a couple of tubes of eye drops and a little mirror without those objects scratching or damaging each other. A little tool roll or pouch or case. Anyone know of such a thing?
Thanks for your suggestions. I like your plastic travel box idea. I think you'll understand when I say it's "smashing."
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Hi, im a student at the university of leeds performing some research for a design project on contact lens packaging. I was wondering what sort of issues any of you have with the packaging used at the moment, any feedback would be great

thanks in advance!

oliver
So has your research led to any breakthroughs in contact lens packaging design? How about putting two contact lenses in a tiny box that you open while it's snowing?

All right, you caught me. I just threw in that description so I can use this picture of the girl with the pretty eyes. Can you blame me?
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So has your research led to any breakthroughs in contact lens packaging design? How about putting two contact lenses in a tiny box that you open while it's snowing?

All right, you caught me. I just threw in that description so I can use this picture of the girl with the pretty eyes. Can you blame me?
Yes, she certainly does have pretty eyes. I wonder if they're contact lenses?
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Hi, im a student at the university of leeds performing some research for a design project on contact lens packaging. I was wondering what sort of issues any of you have with the packaging used at the moment, any feedback would be great

thanks in advance!

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What's going on olivermorris? Have you found any research fodder yet?
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