Japanese Eyedrops: My Secret to Staying Awake (Part I)

Merry Christmas everyone! Today I’ll be sharing my experience with some Japanese eyedrops.

As a student, I’ve had to burn the midnight oil countless times. It’s not easy staying awake at 3AM, when your “Intro to xxx” notes just don’t interest you at all! Some people snack, some people take mini-naps, but most people I know rely on caffeine: coffee!

Unfortunately, I can’t drink coffee (else I’ll get a headache, quite counter-productive?), so I’ve had to turn to other methods. My eyes get unbelievably dry, which really is the main thing preventing me from staying awake – and so my super-solution comes in…

Refreshing Eyedrops!!!!

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Pictured: Santen Sante FX NEO, and Visine Deep Cool Eyedrops. Two eyedrops I’ve been using recently – I keep one in my bag, and one on my table at all times!

What’s so special about Japanese eyedrops?

Regular eyedrops just moisten your eyes, but Japanese eyedrops use a special scale, for instance: Rohto’s Z! uses a scale of 1 to 8, where 8 is the maximum 清凉感 – cooling/refreshing factor. 0/1 would be where your regular Refresh eyedrops sits.

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First timers, beware! Start off with eyedrops on the lower end of the scale first, because ‘8′ really burns. Really – I’ve let some of my friends try my Visine eyedrops before, and they cried. Ouch!

The blast of peppermint in your eyes will definitely feel unfamiliar at first, but you honestly get used to it. That sensation is intensely invigorating – if you’re about to doze off while studying, I guarantee you that you’ll be able to stay awake after using these (sparingly!)

Not to mention, the morning after pulling a late-night study session feels the worst. With that little sleep, your eyes are probably all sticky and won’t stay open – and bam, eyedrops right by your bedside as a wake-me-up!

There are also countless types of eyedrops…

  • Eyedrops for children
  • Eyedrops for senior citizens
  • Vitamin-infused ones
  • Clearing up red eyes
  • UV protection
  • PC blue-light protection
  • Eyedrops for contact-lens

Check out Part II soon for some of my favourite eyedrops!

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