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Eye drops are a welcome relief for strains caused by computer screens or dry eyes caused by air conditioners. This article features various eye drops sold in Japanese drugstores for age-related eye strain, contact-lens wearers, blurred vision, and more!
In Japan, you can find various types of eye drops categorized according to the relief they provide. This includes moisture retention, restoring eye damage, relief from eye strain, and other features.
Read on to learn about recommended eye drop products. We have grouped them according to the benefits they offer, so you can choose one that suits your personal needs.
ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Suggested retail price: 1,500 yen (before tax), 15 ml
When you think of Japanese eye drops, a long-time favorite called V ROHTO Premium often comes to mind.
It was developed by ROHTO Pharmaceutical Company, one of Japan's largest producers of eye drops. It's effective for various eye strains, including itchiness and damage from blue light.
It contains 12 active ingredients, the most of any eye drops in Japan. When you can't decide which eye drops to purchase, we highly recommend V ROHTO Premium!
For more details, check the official webpage introducing this product: V ROHTO Premium (Japanese)
ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Suggested retail price: 780 yen (before tax), 20 ml
ROHTO Pharmaceutical Company also makes a product called ROHTO Gold 40. It contains six active ingredients: taurine, natural vitamin E, chlorpheniramine maleate, neostigmine methyl sulfate, vitamin B6, and potassium L-aspartate.
The concentrations of the above-listed ingredients are the highest in the industry.
ROHTO Gold 40 is effective for fuzzy, blurred eyes and various kinds of eye strain. Applying these eye drops brings a pleasantly cool sensation and your eyes will feel refreshed. The economical 20 ml bottle is another attractive feature of this product.
For more details, check the official webpage introducing this product: ROHTO Gold 40 (Japanese)
ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Suggested retail price: 880 yen (before tax), 12 ml
In today's society, many find themselves surrounded by computers, smartphones, video game consoles, and other digital devices. ROHTO Digi Eye was developed specifically for those who often experience eye strain as a result.
It also provides relief for blue light eye strain, tired red eyes, and so on. The drops' yellow color is due to vitamin B2, which promotes cell tissue repair in the eye.
For more details, check the official webpage introducing this product: ROHTO Digi Eye (Japanese)
Lion Corporation. Open price, 13 ml
On the other hand, Lion Corporation makes a product called Smile 40EX. These eye drops are ideal for people who use their eyes for long periods, including when on digital devices.
In addition to vitamins B6, A, and E, it contains five active ingredients. Smile 40EX helps get rid of a hazy, fuzzy feeling after using your eyes for too long.
For more details, check the official webpage introducing this product: Smile 40EX (Japanese)
ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Suggested retail price: 1,500 yen (before tax), 15 ml
V ROHTO Active Premium promotes itself as a product that "helps restore the visual function of eyes experiencing fatigue." These eye drops are effective for reduced visual function caused by age-related eye fatigue and overuse of the eyes.
One of the ingredients is vitamin A, which promotes the secretion of mucin (a protein mucus found in tears) and stabilizes lacrimation. This product also contains the industry's highest concentration of neostigmine methyl sulfate, an ingredient that helps restore the eyes' ability to see things clearly.
V ROHTO Active Premium is effective for age-related eye fatigue and blurred vision. Since it was developed specifically for the middle-aged and elderly, it has become known overseas as Eye Drops for Seniors.
For more details, check the official webpage introducing this product: V ROHTO Active Premium (Japanese)
Lion Corporation. Suggested retail price: 1,400 yen (before tax), 15 ml
Similar to foundation cream applied to the skin, these types of eye drops should be selected by age range.
Lion Corporation's Smile 40 Premium contains a combination of ten active ingredients that include vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin B6. It provides effective relief for eye fatigue and blurred vision. This product also contains no preservatives, so it might be a good choice for seniors.
For more details, check the official webpage introducing this product: Smile 40 Premium (Japanese)
ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Suggested retail price: 700 yen (before tax), 8 ml
ROHTO Lycee CONTACT comes in a cute, pink-colored bottle and is popular among contact-lens wearers.
This product contains a protective ingredient for the cornea called chondroitin. It has the highest amount of chondroitin in the eye drops industry, providing protection for your cornea and moisture for your eyes.
ROHTO Lycee CONTACT also contains an ingredient that helps preserve the moisture in your eyes while wearing contact lenses, which alleviates that dry feeling and any other discomfort often caused by contact lenses.
For more details, check the official webpage introducing this product: ROHTO Lycee CONTACT (Japanese)
ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Suggested retail price: 825 yen (before tax), 18 ml
The ROHTO C Cube Premium Series offers a variety of eye drops.
The orange-colored Premium Clear works best for repairing eye damage and restoring visual function. Alternatively, the blue-colored Premium Fit is good for adding moisture to contact lenses, while the green-colored Premium Moisture is effective for retaining moisture while wearing contact lenses.
Premium Clear (Japanese) contains active ingredients that relax the eye's ciliary muscle and help repair the cornea. It helps to relieve eye strain from the surface of the ciliary muscle and to repair the damages suffered by the cornea through contact-lens wear.
Premium Fit (Japanese) is a convenient product that can be used as eye drops and a lubricant-lens care solution for contact lenses. This medicinal solution forms a moisture layer between the contact lens and cornea, improving the comfort level while wearing contacts. Premium Fit also reduces damage caused by the friction between the contact lens and your cornea.
Premium Moisture (Japanese) contains sesame oil. The ingredients resemble natural tears and gently preserve your eye's moisture.
ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Suggested retail price: 880 yen (before tax), 13 ml
When a person is asleep, the body repairs the damage that occurred to the eyes during the day.
ROHTO Yojunsui α was invented to facilitate eye repair during the night. Placing a drop into each eye before bedtime will promote cell tissue metabolism on the ocular surface and help repair them.
For more details, check the official webpage introducing this product: ROHTO Yojunsui α (Japanese)
ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Suggested retail price: 1,800 yen (before tax), 30 tablets
In addition to regular eye drops, food products promoting eye repair have recently hit the market.
ROHTO V5 sold by the ROHTO Pharmaceutical Company is the first in their lineup of Health-Promoting Functional Foods.
This dietary supplement contains two major eye nutrients: lutein and zeaxanthin. They help protect the retina from blue light damage and restore visual function by working inside the body.
For more details, check the official webpage introducing this product: ROHTO V5 (Japanese)
ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Suggested retail price: 2,700 yen (before tax), 80 tablets
V ROHTO Premium Eye Naifuku Tablets are a type of oral medicine that belongs to the same series as V ROHTO Premium eye drops.
They contain seven active ingredients in maximum volume that effectively reduce eye strain and other eye-related discomforts. These promote tissue metabolism in the eyes, repair nerves that adjust the eye's ability to focus, and improve blood circulation in the eye area.
It also contains an abundance of other healthy nutrients to alleviate severe eye strain by reducing pain in the back of the eye and counteracting neuralgia.
For more details, check the official webpage introducing this product: V ROHTO Premium Eye Naifuku Tablets (Japanese)
Companies making Japanese eye drops have a scale indicating each product's cooling (refreshing) level on customers' eyes.
In general, Japanese eye drops are categorized on a scale from 1 to 5. The higher the number, the greater the degree of coolness offered by the product.
In recent years, eye drops with a cooling level in the 8 to 10 range have appeared on the market. These are ideal for sweltering days when your tired eyes are seeking some strong relief.
But please keep in mind as the number on the scale increases so does the degree of stimulation to your eyes. A product with a cooling effect level of 2 to 4 is probably appropriate for everyday use.
*All products featured in this article can be purchased at drugstore chains and shopping malls in Japan. Please note that the listed prices are for reference purposes only.
*We would like to express our appreciation to ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.―whose products appear in this article―for their cooperation.