Are Lumify Eye Drops REALLY Better Than Other Red Eye Drops?

Lumify Eye Drops

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Do your eyes always look red or bloodshot? Are you tired of people asking if you smoke or have pink eye? Does having healthy looking white eyes sound like a dream come true? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should try Bausch and Lomb’s Lumify redness reliever eye drops! These new drops are one of a kind and have the capability of making your red eye problems a thing of the past!

An example of Lumify Eye Drops used in one eye and not the other
2 minutes after putting in Lumify eye drops into her right eye (Note: right eye is on the left side of photo)

Sounds enticing…but what exactly is Lumify? 

In a nutshell, Lumify is an over the counter redness relief eye drop that contains the active ingredient brimonidine tartrate in a very low dose (i.e. 0.025%).

It was recently FDA approved for over the counter distribution in the US and will be an absolute game-changer in the redness relief market. Also, just like other red eye drops, you do not need a doctor’s prescription to try Lumify!

Historically, prescription eye drops with a larger dose of brimonidine tartrate have been used to help decrease the (intraocular) eye pressure in patients with glaucoma. One of the favorable side effects discovered during the use of these prescription glaucoma drops was superior redness relief.

Fast forward to now and, at a significantly lower brimonidine tartrate dose, Lumify was born!

Note: Lumify is available for purchase in two sizes (2.5ml or 7.5ml) both of which you can buy here!

Lumify Eye Drops
Source: Lumifydrops.com

What makes Lumify different than other red eye drops?

First off, traditional redness relief eye drops contain active ingredients that are non-selective (i.e they target arteries and veins of the eye). The frequent use of non-selective redness relief eye drops can cause you to develop a tolerance to the medication over time. As a result, traditional redness relief eye drops lose their effectiveness with continued use and often lead to rebound redness.

On the other hand, Lumify selectively reduces the size of veins in your eye. This selectivity allows more oxygen to other areas of your eye, allowing them to appear a lot brighter and whiter (yippie!). Also, Lumify was designed to significantly reduce your likelihood of rebound redness. 

Wait, what is rebound redness?

Rebound redness is when the redness you started with returns after repeated use of a redness relief eye drop. In fact, the redness you encounter is often worse than before you started using the drops. Unfortunately, this happens a lot with traditional, non-selective redness relief eye drops.

If you’ve been down the eye care aisle at the store lately, you know there is no shortage of red eye drops available. With so many options, it’s hard to know which drop to choose! Here is how the most popular ones stack up against Lumify.

Lumify vs Visine
Source: Visine.com

Lumify vs Visine

Visine redness relief eye drops come in Visine Original, Visine Advanced, and Visine Maximum Strength. All three drops have the same dose of Tetrahydrozoline HCI 0.05%, which provides non-selective redness relief.

Lumify vs Rohto
Source: Rohtoeyedrops.com

Lumify vs Rohto

Rohto redness relief eye drops come in Rohto Ice, Rohto Cool, and Rhoto Cool Max. Their multi-symptom eye drop, Rhoto Ice, contains the redness reliever Tetrahydrozoline HCl 0.05%. On the other hand, the redness reliever in Rhoto Cool and Rhoto Cool Max is Naphazoline Hydrochloride (at 0.012% and 0.03% respectively). Again, all 3 of these active ingredients provide non-selective redness relief.

Lumify vs Clear Eyes
Source: Cleareyes.com

Lumify vs Clear Eyes

Last but not least is Clear Eyes redness relief eye drops. You may remember them from the Clear Eyes Guy commercials starring Ben Stein.

During my research, I discovered there are 8 different Clear Eyes products that contain redness relief as an active ingredient. These drops are broken down into multi-symptom, itchy eyes, and redness categories, all of which are highlighted below.

Multi-symptom

Itchy eyes

Redness

While marketed differently, all 8 eye drops provide non-selective redness relief (surprise, surprise)!

Do you see a trend here?

Don’t let their trendy marketing campaigns fool you, all of these eye drops are virtually the same. While they have varying active ingredients, all the eye drops listed above provide non-selective redness relief. This is why the selective targeting of Lumify is such a big deal!

Note: The eye drops I just mentioned are all less expensive than Lumify. However, since Lumify is better formulated, safe, and more effective, it’s worth the small difference in price.

Speaking of price, where can you buy Lumify eye drops and how much do they cost?

Lumify eye drops can be purchased at most major retailers and are available in two sizes (2.5ml or ~ 75 drops and 7.5ml or ~ 225 drops). While suggested retail is $14.99 for the small bottle and $25.99 for the larger bottle, you can find more specific pricing below.

Small (2.5ml)Large (7.5ml)
Amazon$12.00$19.97
CVS$14.99$25.99
Rite Aid$15.99$25.99
Target$11.99$20.99
Walgreens$11.99$25.99
Walmart$11.97$19.97

*Please note that the prices shown above may vary through discounts, coupons, and sales. 

Do Lumify eye drops have any side effects?

Yes. According to Bausch and Lomb, a small number of people during clinical trials reported itching, foreign body sensation, tearing, and pain. Fortunately, all side effects were temporary and mild to moderate in severity.

If you experience any of these symptoms, the company asks that you discontinue the use of Lumify immediately. They also ask that you report any concerns to Bausch and Lomb Products at 800-553-5340.

The truth of the matter is, your eyes can get red for a variety reasons. Lumify was designed to help those with occasional redness that are looking for temporary relief. That’s why if your eyes remain red or get worse when using Lumify, it’s very important to consult with an eye care professional immediately!

Can Lumify eye drops be used with contact lenses in your eyes?

No. However, they can be used before you put in your contacts. I recommend doing so at least 10 – 15 minutes before putting in your contacts.

Also, if you’re wearing your contacts and want to use Lumify, take them out before doing so. Then, as indicated above, wait for another 10 – 15 minutes before putting them back in.

Before using Lumify eye drops
Before using Lumify eye drops
Eyes 1 minute after using Lumify eye drops
1 minute after using Lumify eye drops

How quickly do Lumify eye drops work? How long do they last?

One of the most incredible things about Lumify eye drops is that they work in as little as one minute and last for up to 8 hours!

How many times a day can you use Lumify eye drops?

Just like anything in life, moderation is key! As a result, the company recommends that you do not use Lumify eye drops more than 4 times a day.

Are there any reasons you shouldn’t use Lumify eye drops? 

Yes. According to Bausch and Lomb, Lumify is not for children under the age of 5 years old.

Also, if your redness is due to an underlying infection, injury, or lasts more than 3 days, it’s highly recommended you do not use Lumify and consult with an eye care professional immediately.

What else should you know about Lumify eye drops?

According to Bausch and Lomb:

  • Lumify demonstrated a 95% improvement at 1 minute in clinical studies
  • Lumify received a 95% satisfaction rating in a recent in-home-use-study with over 300 participants
  • 79% of patients that used Lumify in clinical studies maintained significant redness reduction at 8 hours
  • Lumify does not contain any bleaches or dyes

My personal experience using Lumify eye drops

As soon as I heard that Lumify eye drops were available, I ordered them on Amazon. While initially not in stock, they arrived at my house a couple days after my order.

Excited to try them, my sister-in-law and I put them in around the same time. Just as Bausch and Lomb stated, these eye drops work fast!

After just one minute, we both had significantly whiter and brighter eyes! However, after a few minutes, I did feel what felt like a mild pulling sensation in my eyes. While I rarely use redness relief eye drops, this is a common occurrence for me when I do. Since I suffer from dry eye disease, it’s likely that my eyes were simply dry and tired from a long days work. Fortunately, I have since used these drops and have not experienced any side effects.

Overall, my experience with Lumify eye drops was extremely positive. As an optometrist, I will recommend Lumify to my patients that are looking for a better redness relief alternative than traditional red eye drops. As a consumer, I’m already a huge fan of these eye drops and will continue to use them myself!

So, are Lumify eye drops really better than traditional red eye drops?

Honestly, yes…it’s not even close! If you’re still not convinced, I highly recommend you try them yourself! If you have any questions or want to share your personal experience these eye drops, feel free to leave a comment below!


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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte is an experienced leader with a strong passion for health and wellness education and information transparency. He believes that simplifying health and wellness information helps improve comprehension. This drives greater compliance and better life choices. He is an entrepreneurial professional with a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University. He also completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Illinois College of Optometry. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family, and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.