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Get Clearer, Whiter Eyes: Lumify Eye Drops Review

Lumify Review for red eyes- before and after

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Do you find yourself wishing for clearer, whiter eyes? Are your eyes bloodshot after spending hours on your computer? Do you get sick of people asking you if you’re tired because you have red eyes?

In my optometry practice, patients ask me all the time how they can get clearer looking eyes. With Lumify eye drops, I have the perfect answer!

Of course, I don’t like recommending things I haven’t tried or researched myself. I put together this Lumify eye drops review so you can decide if it’s right for you!

Note: This article is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you are concerned about your red eyes, I recommend seeing your eye doctor to make sure you don’t have an underlying eye condition that needs treatment! Lumify can only relieve the redness, but will not treat any eye conditions that may be causing the redness.

What are Lumify eye drops made of?

Lumify eye drops contain a very low dose of a medication called brimonidine tartrate (0.025%). Brimonidine is also prescribed as a glaucoma medication to lower eye pressure in a higher dose of 0.1%.

Doctors discovered while treating glaucoma patients that brimonidine had a unique effect of clearing up their patients’ eyes. After that, Lumify was born!

But don’t worry, the concentration of brimonidine in Lumify is far lower than the strength prescribed as a glaucoma drop. In fact, you can buy Lumify over the counter without a prescription! (Glaucoma medications all need to be prescribed by an eye doctor).

You may remember a similar story with bimatoprost, which is another glaucoma medication. Doctors discovered that these drops made patients’ eyelashes grow fuller and longer. This is how Latisse was born!

Lumify review vs redness relief eye drops

How is Lumify safer than other redness relief eye drops?

Most patients tell me the first eye drop they will grab off the shelf at the drugstore is Visine. Usually, it is because it’s one of the cheapest eye drops available. I caution patients against using Visine regularly because the medication is not as safe as Lumify.

Visine, Clear Eyes, Rohto, Opcon-A, and other traditional redness relief eye drops contain medications like naphazoline and tetrahydrozoline which are known as non-selective vasoconstrictors. Basically, this means these medications narrow the size of ALL the blood vessels on your eyes to make them look clearer.

When you use eye drops like these, you can get something called “rebound redness”. This means when you use drops like Visine or Clear Eyes regularly, the redness can come back, often times even worse than before you started using the drops. This makes the drops less effective too.

Some eye drops like Rohto also contain menthol, which gives the cooling effect they advertise. The cooling sensation may feel nice at first, but menthol can actually be irritating to the eyes. So that’s another reason I don’t recommend these drops. My advice is, always check the label!

Lumify is different and safer. The brimonidine medication in Lumify is a selective vasoconstrictor, which means it only narrows the size of veins on your eyes, not arteries. This means Lumify is much safer and allows your eyes to maintain better oxygen flow.

Other things to know about Lumify

  • Lumify is available over the counter, no prescription needed!
  • Lumify is FDA approved and safe to use regularly.
  • There is little risk of rebound redness with Lumify.
  • Lumify starts working in about 1 minute and lasts up to 8 hours.
  • Lumify is safe to use up to 4x a day.
  • There are no dyes or bleaches.
  • You may use Lumify if you wear contact lenses, just wait 10 minutes before inserting your contacts.
  • Side effects of Lumify can include itching, foreign body sensation, tearing, and pain. If you experience these symptoms, stop using immediately and see your eye doctor.
  • Lumify does contain a preservative called benzalkonium chloride, which some people may be sensitive to. If you experience any redness or irritation while using Lumify, stop using it immediately and see your eye doctor.
  • Hopefully, there will be a preservative-free version of Lumify in the near future!
  • See this page for more FAQs.

Do Lumify eye drops really work?

The answer is YES! It really does work, and FAST! All you need is one drop per eye, and it starts working immediately.

Of course, I needed to try Lumify for myself to see if it really works. Sometimes my eyes get red due to dry eye, so this was a good opportunity to give Lumify a go. I also use lubricating drops regularly, check out my favorite ones here.

Here are some before and after photos of my eyes so you can see the difference. Note: in the bottom photos, some of the remaining discoloration is actually pigmentation on my eye, not redness.

Lumify eye drops review before and after photos- LA Vida Color

The photos were taken about 2 minutes apart. So as you can see, these drops work quickly in just minutes. You can tell my eyes look a lot clearer! The effect is even brighter and whiter in person. The effects lasted several hours on me, and I didn’t find the need to use it more than twice a day.

Here are some other unedited before and after photos from Lumify‘s website:

Lumify Eye Drops Review- before and after 1
Lumify Eye Drops Review- before and after 2

So is Lumify worth the money?

All in all, I highly recommend Lumify eye drops as a safe and effective alternative to other redness relief drops.

Though the price is significantly higher than other redness relief drops, think about the safety and health of your eyes. I also think Lumify is more effective than other redness relief drops. That means you won’t have to use the drops quite as frequently, which will also save money on purchasing refills!

I hope you found this Lumify eye drops review helpful. Do you think you’ll try Lumify? I would love to hear what you think about these eye drops! Leave me a comment and tell me all about it!

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