* Prices may differ from that shown
As someone who has never been keen on using eye drops, I was really interested when this product first came onto the market. It is designed to be sprayed onto closed eyes, hence removing the need for putting eye drops in. It is considerably more expensive than eye drops but as it's intended for people like me who are not comfortable using eye drops, it was a price that I was willing to pay for good results.
USING THE SPRAY
In theory, the spray is very simple to use: just close your eye and spray onto the eyelid. The spray should then find its way into the eye to offer lubrication and relief. Unfortunately, I did not find it as simple as this. I wear glasses and am very short sighted so once I have taken these off to use the spray, I find it difficult to see where I am actually spraying so I have to use this in front of a mirror to have any chance of spraying in the right area. Having to be a certain distance back from the mirror to use the spray though still makes this quite difficult and I must admit that it has quite often been trial and error to actually spray my eyelids and not my cheeks. For anyone without my eyesight issues, it would probably be a whole lot less traumatic but I feel that it's worth me pointing this out for anyone in a similar position to myself.
Initially, I find that I do some relief from using this spray. However, this is very short lived and I am soon back to square one with dry, irritated eyes - pretty much as though I had never actually used the spray. This is very disappointing as it's not a cheap item but as someone who regularly suffers from dry eyes, this is clearly no substitute for actual eye drops. I assume that this is because the spray is only going through closed eyelids and most of it probably does not even go into the eyes if the wetness of my cheeks is anything to go by. Because of this barrier, you simply do not get the same level of lubrication compared to putting eye drops directly into the eye. The packaging promises lasting relief for hours but I have never found this to be true for myself and in some cases, my eyes actually felt drier than they had in the first place!
As I have already mentioned, this is not a cheap item and is considerably more expensive than a bottle of eye drops. I bought mine from Boots while they were on some kind of special offer and I believe that I paid around the £11 mark then. A quick search on the Boots site tells me that they typically retail at around the £16 mark on a normal basis.
Unfortunately not. I really wanted this spray to live up to its claims but it simply did not for me. It did not offer any benefits for making my eyes feel less irritated and sometimes even made the original dryness and irritation worse than before. I have now switched back to eye drops, which I use most days and this has been a real difference to my eyes. I am not a fan of using eye drops but I simply did not see the point in continuing using this product and actually chucked the bottle away when it was still half full. Given its quite extortionate price tag, I personally cannot recommend this spray for anyone with wants lasting relief for dry, irritated eyes as it never delivered this for me and was highly disappointing. If you can bear to use eye drops, I would advise you to persevere with those instead as my current brand of Optrex eye drops has been great and much better than this spray! I am therefore only giving it one DooYoo star as I was extremely disappointed with the results.
I wear contact lenses but even then sometimes my eye gets irritated and even after removing my lenses I cannot clear the irritation in the eye, usually when a little dirt or grit or even a fine hair gets in. I used to always carry a small bottle of optrex eye drops but I found my last one must have leaked in my bag which is full to the brim with my daughter's things and when I went to use it there was nothing in the bottle. I was in my local Boots one day when I noticed they were selling this new Optrex Eye Spray. Now, at £16 this was not a bargain but I had quite a pile of Boots points built up and I thought I would like to try it.
This eye spray is probably designed for those who don't particularly like putting drops in their eye. As a contact lens user putting something in my eye doesn't bother me, but I thought it would simply be handier to have it in a spray than try to get drops in myself and not have the worry about it leaking in my bag again and not having any when I needed it. This product is to be used for the relief of dry or irritated eyes helping to soothe them. For those not liking drops, you don't even need your eyes open to use this spray, in fact, it is designed to be used on closed eyes, so it is very easy to apply. The product also claims to be safe to use for those wearing contact lenses or eye make up. Now, I have never used it with my lenses in as when my eyes becomes irritated my first step is to generally take out my lenses and put my glasses on, so I can't comment whether it is safe or not.
The rational behind this spray is that it is meant to reduce the amount of moisture being lost from your eye when it is dry or irritated. THe spray is made from the same ingredient as your natural tear film and therefore should technically help repair the damage that has been done effectively. THis product is meant to be used 3 or 4 times a day for dry eyes or more if required. I don't tend to use it for dryness, but instead for any irritation that may occur occasionally.
Not long after getting this product, I felt the first sensation of something irritating my eye as I rubbed at it hoping it would clear it. When it didn't, I removed my lens and closed my eyelids and sprayed this on. The spray is meant to work its way into your eye when you open it. I have to say that I really didn't notice much improvement, although even with eye drops I find I may to apply a few times before the irritation is clear. That said, I applied this spray quite a few times and it took quite a long time before I noticed the irritation clearing, much much longer than I have had ever experienced using either eye drops or even the optrex eye bath which I have used when at home. By that stage, I was unsure as to whether the irritation had simply run its course and the fresh air had helped clear it rather than this product!
All in all, for the price I paid (well Boots points I used!) I do not believe this product is worth its money when you can pick up a little bottle of eye drops for a lot lot less. Now for those not wanting to touch their eye or for those with dry eyes this may be worth trying but if it is simply for irritated eyes, I would not recommend this product, and certainly not at the price it is currently at.
As I am getting older I find that I often suffer from dry and irritated eyes and was feeling that I had to remove my make up and give them a good old rub for relief, which in turn made them more dry and irritated, so I was ending up with really red sore looking eyes which isn't very attractive at all. I do spend an awful lot of time looking at a computer screen which I think does contribute to your eyes drying out as you don't blink as much when you are concentrating.
I have seen this in the chemist in the past but would not buy it as it was always in the region of around £15 but I found this at Asda for £12.15 so I decided to treat myself. I know people who have used this and have always given it a good review saying how much it really helped. It comes in a cardboard box with details of the ingredients and instructions for usage. It is a tiny 10ml size but it is supposed to be sufficient for 100 applications. It is suitable for contact lens wearers and you can spray it on top of make up or before you apply it. I would say though to be careful if you have just applied mascara or eyeliner as it could run if not completely dry. I have never had any problems with this as I have always either waited for my make up to dry or used it when I have no make up on at the end of the day.
To use you close your eyes and pump the small dispenser and spray it onto your closed eyelids from a distance of about 10cm. Apparently your eyes are covered by a thin layer of liquid called the tear film which helps to prevent the natural moisture in your eyes from evaporating. When your eyes get dry it can be because your tear film has broken up and developed tiny gaps which allow moisture to evaporate from your eyes, which is what gives you that irritated and gritty feeling.
The spray will naturally collect on the edge of your eyelids and when you open your eyes the spray will start to seep into your eyes. I always blink straight away as I find that this works the liquid all across my eyes quickly. This spray is made of the same ingredients as the tear film in your eyes and will fill the gaps where the moisture has evaporated, thus restoring your eyes back to their natural state. When I first started to use it I would need a couple of sprays as I just wasn't getting it in exactly the right place and ended up with some of it on my cheek or eyebrow, but like most things, practice makes perfect and I can do it easily now without even using a mirror and peering out with my other eye to try and get my aim right.
Optrex say that you can used this three to four times a day and can use it continually but I like to keep it for when I really need it. I don't carry it around with me so I will use it when I get home from work after I have got changed and am getting ready to relax for the evening if I feel that I need it. It really does soothe your eyes and they feel cool and refreshed for ages afterwards. It is supposed to give you relief for up to four hours and I find that I have never had to spray twice in one day as the first time has always been enough.
Optrex warn you not to spray it into your open eyes as this can cause a burning sensation. I have personally experienced this as in the past I have been doing something else whilst I have been spraying and have kept my eye open slightly. I wouldn't describe it as a burning feeling but just a little bit uncomfortable, however this feeling soon passes and then you still get the relief from using the spray correctly.
It really does work very quickly and the relief from tired and sore eyes is wonderful. My eyes look bright and fresh and much more alert than they did before using it. I find that when I have used this on the evening when I get up the next morning my eyes don't seem to look so baggy and tired so maybe it carries on working through the night to restore my eyes natural balance. I am so glad that I bought this spray and I will definitely buy it again when it eventually wears out. Optrex advise that the bottle will last for up to six months when opened but I will probably continue to use it a little after this but this is obviously down to personal choice how much longer you use it. I probably wouldn't use it for very much longer than the stated time though as your eyes are precious and I wouldn't want to be putting something in them that isn't doing the job it is meant for and could be causing them damage. But if you do only use it for the six months, if you can get it for around £12 it is only £2 a month and in my opinion if it makes you look more alert, fresher and brighter and most of all makes you feel better it is definitely worth it.
I had been wanting to try Optrex Actimist 2 in 1 Spray for Tired and Dry eyes for a long time and recently I see it's been advertised on TV again. The price is way too high for me though at a massive £13.99 for the tiniest 10ml bottle. I found this in Boots and then I had a look in Superdrug and was quite disappointed to see the price was the same in there. Then I received my first Dooyoo voucher and didn't know what to spend it on then discovered that Amazon sells this for under £11. It's not a huge discount but as it was a voucher from Dooyoo I was using anyway, it felt like I wasn't actually spending my own 'money'. It's also free delivery on Amazon and I got my tiny little bottle in the post within 4 days of clicking yes on the screen.
I don't wear contact lenses but this is suitable for anyone who does wear lenses. I'm afraid of using proper eye drops as I have a 'thing' about eyes and it terrifies me to think that I might damage my eyes by putting drops into them and I also blink at the wrong time and none manages to go in anyway.
I wanted to try this because I have a lot of very very late night s and the following day in lectures my eyes are sore and stinging and feel gritty and look red. This might be a good look for this time of the year (Halloween) but it's not a look I want to have on a permanent basis.
The first time I used it I was really a little bit sceptical about how well it was going to work and as I don't know anyone else who's tried this I did hesitate a little bit and thought I might have wasted my well-earned first Dooyoo voucher. I needn't have worried though. This bottle has a little pump dispenser on the top and the instructions on the bottle and box tell you exactly how to use it. You apply it by spraying lightly over closed eyelids and then blink. The idea is that as soon as you open your eyes and blink that the solution gradually penetrates the eye ball and sinks into the eye - all this without having to put drops into your eyes.
It has no smell that I can work out and probably the only thing that annoys me about it is that I manage to spray it all over my face and not just onto my eyelids whenever I use it. I have used it for a good few weeks now and every time I've sprayed it I can immediately tell the difference because my eyes feel less 'smarty' and less sore and a lot more fresh. The grittiness goes away so it must work. The bottle is really tiny but because you only need 2 little sprays it says that there are enough sprays in there to last me 100 applications. So, I suppose it works out quite good value for money, really.
The feeling of relief after I've sprayed this lasts me for at least two to three hours before I need to use it again. It's perfect for me, especially on a Monday morning if I've been overdoing it at the weekend and I have a 9 o'clock lecture. It makes me look better and more refreshed and helps make my eyes look more sparkly.
I'm glad I tried it at the end of the day and a BIG thank you to Dooyoo for my voucher because without that I probably would never have tried Optrex Actimist.
This dooyoo listing is for Optrex Actimist Eye spray. These sprays are available in 'Dry + Irritated Eyes' and 'Tired + Dry Eyes' - This review is for 'Tired + Dry' and they are now marketed as "Optrex Actimist 2in1".
After my last holiday, I decided one of the things I would definitely get for next time was something to cool my eyes. I had really struggled with sore eyes just through tiredness, maybe the odd late night (!), as well as from the brightness and sun. I read a few reviews in the meantime, and decided that this spray was the thing for me.
The one key feature which appealed to me was that it was a spray, sprayed onto closed eyelids, no need for awkward drops, which I have tried before but am put off because of the difficulty I always had with applying them followed by them running out again.
Having made this decision I went along to Boots to get ready for my next holiday and was shocked to see the price of this spray, £13.99 for 10ml. Boots had their own version of the eye sprays, tailored to specific eye conditions or problems, priced around the £8 mark, but the only one referring specifically to "tired" eyes was this Optrex one. Not wanting to be left wishing I'd spent a little extra, I decided to go with my intention, and purchased this spray.
Even now, I have not fully understood what the "2 in 1" on the branding specifically refers to. The box front informs me several things:
- it's ok to use for up to six months after opening
- spray onto closed eyelids
- gives instant relief for up to 4 hours
Despite the high cost, I felt I was buying a premium product because of the packaging - the spray comes in a very swish looking shiny silver cardboard box. This feeling of superiority was swiftly punctured when I got into the box, however, to discover just how tiny the 10ml bottle inside actually is! The bottle is only 5cm high and about 1.5cm diameter, like a tiny handbag perfume spray. Further investigation attempts to reassure me by telling me that it equates to 100 applications. The bottle is frosted clear glass with a blue cap fitting over the spray end.
Sure enough, a couple of days into my holidays the familiar feeling returned to my eyes ...I was glad to have this spray to hand and was eager to give it a try. The bottle requires a couple of pushes to the spray to get the mist going for the first time, and you are advised to hold the spray 10cm away from the eye and give one or two short sprays. It's very easy to push and dispenses a reassuring 'puff' of the spray every time without fail. I closed my eyes, pushed the spray to get it going then gave two firm sprays to each eyelid...
The relief was instant! At first I thought it was just because of the wetness of the spray hitting my skin, or else the need to assure myself that it was working, having paid so much! But no, the spray really does have an instant and lasting effect. The feeling of wetness went away almost immediately, and my eyes just felt amazingly fresh and genuinely more awake. There was no discomfort in applying the spray for me whatsoever. The theory is that the spray works its way into the eye when you open your eyes again, and blink, but there is no physical feeling associated with this in my experience. The only thing that I felt was the wet of the spray on my skin. I also read on the website that there may be a slight smell with the spray, but I didn't detect one at all.
I remained sceptical about the sensation being lasting, but I soon forgot about my tired eyes and that meant that there was a real, lasting effect going on. Sure enough, as stated on the box, it was just short of four hours later when I started to feel a little stinging in my eyes, and it was time to re-apply.
The spray is also perfectly suitable for contact lens wearers, and can be sprayed when the lenses are in place, any time.
The downside of the product is that by holding the spray up to 10cm from my eyes, the area being 'hit' by the spray by the time it reaches the face is far greater than just the eyes. In fact, it sprayed onto (and dampened) my fringe and most of my nose too. This was nothing more than a little weird, and was gone in a few moments, not a huge problem. I think that I was a little obsessed by the high price I'd paid, and I felt like I was wasting it by spraying it on too large an area! Probably just a perception, but it was a downside that I noted.
The eyes definitely have it...
Despite the negative, the positives definitely win out. This product did exactly what I had wanted it to and hoped it would. The tiny bottle has its benefits in taking up no space at all but I don't think it will last me six months, so that's one thing I don't need to worry about!
I have to say that having used the spray I felt that it was money well spent, albeit an awful lot of money, and I didn't regret it at all - not at all until I saw that it was available around the internet at a much lower price - £10.72 on Amazon with free delivery! I'd go as far as to say that this is something of a miracle product in terms of meeting it's claims, the instantaneous relief and how long it lasts.
I wear contact lenses from time to time and find my eyes can get dry. I have tried other brands of eye drops, but i was looking for a product that I could keep for longer than 30 days or a few weeks after opening. Optrex Actimist spray can be used up to 3 months after opening - perfect for occasional use.
According to the manufacturers Optrex Actimist Spray has been specially formulated for an instant relief of tired eye symptoms and a refreshing boost so that your eyes feel more comfortable. The mist contains soothing liposome particles which work in two ways: Repair and replenish the eyes' natural moisture barrier, relieving tired eye symptoms. Also improving hydration of the eyelids and skin around the eyes.
The product retails at £15.99 for 10ml in Boots, this averages 100 doses. The product is contained in a glass bottle, with a sturdy spray nossle. The liquid is sprayed on closed eyes- it can be quite hard to judge where your eye line is at first, but it helps to level up your arm and eye before closing it! The spray is easily and accurately sprayed onto eyelids, i don't find make to much of a mess over my face with this. I use this with and without lenses, and sometimes over the top of mascara and subtle eye makeup. It doesn't cause it to run or smudge.
I find this is a refreshing product to help perk up dry, tired eyes after a long day. My eyes look and feel brighter for several hours after using this. Although i do think that if you suffer from very dry eyes, this may not be substantial enough to overcome this problem, as it is not overly moisturising. I have not experience any discomfort from this spray.
Overall, this is a good product for those who do not like applying drops into their eyes, or those who suffer from moderately dry eyes. I also like the fact that it can be stored for up to 3 months once opened, limiting wastage.
I wear both contact lenses and strong prescription spectacles and after a recent trip to the optician he told me that I had a minor problem with my eyes. This concerned my eyes being dry and the tear ducts being blocked. He asked me if my eyes were often tired and itchy and when I replied in the affirmative he advised me to do certain things to re-moisten my eyes so they would become more healthy and also so that they would feel more comfortable. When I discussed my optician's advice with my mum she went out and scoured the shelves for a product that was suitable for contact lens wearers and that might help me and then bought me this Optrex Actimist Eye Spray, bless her. In the past I've used eye drops but they are a bit messy and awkward. This spray sounded very interesting and easy to use though.
The product comes boxed and inside is packaged in a glass bottle with a lid-protected pump action spray. The bottle is only 10ml in size (gives approximately 100 doses) so it's extremely lightweight and dainty enough to fit into your handbag. The top remains secure during transit too. The product comes with an information leaflet which is important to read when dealing with something as precious as your eyes.
This spray is made to counteract the conditions of having dry and itchy eyes caused by all sorts of things such as staring at your computer without blinking for too long, humid, dusty or dry conditions and wearing contact lenses for a long time. The brand say this spray will "stabilise the eye's lipid layer" and keep the eye's 'natural moisture' in tact. The brand provide an extensive explanation of how this works and I have to be honest and say some of the scientific stuff has gone right over my head. In simple terms though, when you spray this onto your eyelids there are particles in the spray that stick to the edge of your eye. These particles then work their way into your eye when you blink and adds moisture, replicating the material of the tear film in your eye. The spray ingredients include vitamin E, vitamin A and soy lecithin.
To use the spray is very simple. Hold the bottle in front of the eye at a distance of about 10cm and spray 1-2 times on CLOSED eyes. I found application initially difficult. It sounds silly but I kept missing my eyelids whenever I sprayed and my ears or nose kept getting wet instead! Finally, I discovered that lining the nozzle up to the centre of the eye before closing the eyes helped. I also find that the spray bottle does not always seem to fully spray on the first pump so I end up spraying three times. This actually feels preferable anyway as with three sprays your eyes feel really cool and refreshed and fully covered by the spray.
When you spray this cloudy mixture on your eyelids it feels mildly cold but it is a pleasant, refreshing sensation. It does not cause any irritation on my eyes even when I'm wearing contact lenses. It makes tired and dry eyes feel better straight away and is useful for when I'm out and about, particularly on long journeys and my contact lenses start to feel scratchy.
I think this eye spray is fairly effective. It certainly makes my eyes feel different immediately and it makes me feel more wide awake and bright eyed. It is really helpful when I'm wearing my contact lenses but I also like to use this spray when I'm wearing my glasses. I often keep it by the computer when I know I'm going to be sitting at the desk for a long time. The brand even recommend chilling the solution for an extra burst of refreshing coolness. I think the spray is cool enough at room temperature though!
It does not provide as much immediate comfort in the eye with contact lenses as say an eye drop solution would do, but it's much less messy and the results are sustained, making the eyes feel moist gradually for up to four hours after application. I am really appreciative of having this spray and being able to make my eyes feel more healthy and less dry and itchy and I would definitely recommend it to others, especially to those who wear contact lenses.
To read in depth about this product you can visit the Optrex website before deciding whether the product is right for you.
I suffer from extremely dry eyes and over the years have tried many different remedies to try and give me some relief. Having exhausted most of the normal eye drops on the shelf, I decided to give this spray a go. I had seen the advert where one spray on the closed eyelid will refresh the eyes without having to actually put anything inside your eye.
I found this product very expensive at almost £12 however I felt that if it worked, it would be worth it. Sadly, this was not for me. The first problem I encountered was whether to use it when I had make up on. I decided to give it a go however it left my eyelids really sticky and uncomfortable for the rest of the day and I felt like the make up had gone.
I tried it for a second time, applying it when I went to bed, only to find when I woke up the next morning that I could hardly open my eyes as my eyelids were stuck and sore.
After a visit to the optician and a few weeks of using intense drops to get my eyes back to normal, I binned this product and would not recommend or use it again.
I frequently suffer from dry eyes and because I spend all day working on computers and therefore staring at screens I find some days are worse than others, especially if I have also been wearing my contact lenses for any length of time.
I have used eye drops to alleviate dry eyes in the past and because I also suffer from hayfever and the summer months can mean added irritation, I always keep a bottle of eye drops in the fridge for immediate cooling and soothing of my eyes.
I bought a bottle of this Optrex Actimist when I saw it on offer for £7.99 in my local Lloyds Pharmacy a few months ago, I had been curious about the product since seeing the advertisements on TV showing that you spray it directly on to closed eyelids, but at the full price of £11.99 for a 10ml bottle I thought this was a bit steep.
You can find this product online for less than the full £11.99 price tag and I notice people are selling it on eBay for around the £8 mark - I would always use caution when buying this kind of product from a non-pharmacy site however so bear that in mind if you are shopping around and make sure the product you buy is a) legitimate and b) sealed.
The small glass bottle comes in a cardboard box with the standard Optrex logo and branding, in my local chemist this is kept with the eyedrops and contact lens solutions. Each bottle apparently contains around 100 sprays.
To use this product you literally close your eyes, hold the spray around 15cm from your face and spray over the eyelid area. You are then advised to wait around 15 seconds before opening the eyes, the product penetrates through the eyelid and then repairs the tear film (gaps and damage within which are the most common cause of dry and irritated eyes). The great thing is that you can use this while actually wearing contact lenses, you do not need to remove them first.
So what does it feel like? Well I have to admit I was expecting big things from this product but to be honest you don't feel an awful lot after spraying it on your closed eyes - and you really do need to wait out the recommended 15 seconds because if you open your eyes too soon it stings a little bit. As is sits on your eyelids it just feels like a cool veil is being created over your eyes, it is not dramatic but it is soothing and you can definitely feel something.
The major difference seems to happen once you open your eyes and blink a couple of times, you can then really feel a soothing effect and a definite boost to the moisture in your eyes. Although I love the fact that you can use this with lenses in (and it is great for refreshing your lenses and eradicating any grittiness which can get worse as the day goes on) I definitely think that the nicest and most refreshing effect happens when you use them on your eyes without lenses in.
The overall effect of this spray is one of instant soothing, cooling and re-moisturising, it is not like an instant hit of water like eye drops (which will also run straight out of your eyes to some extent) but it feels very much like an invigorating eye bath - it takes your eyes back to how they feel when you have had a really great nights sleep and it does get rid of soreness and irritation from dry eyes with immediate effect.
I do think this is a fab product and it is one which I will continue to use, I just hope that it either comes down in price naturally or someone else creates a similar product and encourages some competition. Unlike with eye drops there is no need to use this within a month or so of opening it so hopefully a bottle can last a long time, to be honest though, even at the full price I do believe this spray is worth the price tag purely for the effect it has on dry and sore eyes.
I have been a contact lens wearer for some time now and have reviewed a variety of products on dooyoo such as this one as I suffer from dry eye. I have my lenses in longer than I should really and my eyes tend to get dry so I have used a variety of these products in recent times in an attempt to rectify these issues.
One such product I have been using as of late has been the Optrex Actimist Eye Spray. Optrex are of course a well known brand in this field and having used their products before I knew they could be trusted so had no hesitation in paying £6.99 for this. Much more expensive than usual products but after a few had tried and failed I thought it was better paying for something that might actually easy my problems. For that price you get a 10ml bottle.
I guess the intended user of this product is those people who do not like using traditional eye drops. I know first hand a lot of people are a bit uneasy about using drops and cannot do it hence they do not get the benefit from it. Also this product helps people who may be a bit queasy about putting things into the eye as you spray this on the outside of your eye lid allowing it to seep into the eye. What this essentially means is you get a good deep covering in the eye without having to spray it directly on.
Now this may seem like something that would not work and give minimal moisture to the eye. But it doesn't. After a long day at work when I have been starring at the computer one spray on each eye and it feels refreshed. It has reduced sore, achy eyes and my eyes feel fine.
There is no irritation, its not greasy, it doesn't not hurt my eye in anyway but finally a product that does what it should do....refresh the eye!
In terms of length, this is expensive but it will last a very very long time and up to a 100 sprays which if using once a day on each eye is going to last 2 months at a time. I don't use my lenses on weekends or evenings so the occasional spray I have only needed one bottle in the last 4 months. As I said thought the quality here is second to none!
All in this is one excellent product and I could not recommend it highly enough. It gives me eye the kind of support it hasn't got since I started wearing lenses. Brilliant!
Also on CIAO
Optrex Actimist Eye Spray is a fantastic little 10ml bottle of eye spray for those people, I think, who find it difficult to use conventional eye drops. My other half suffers from this problem, we are both contact lense wearers, but whereas I do not have any difficulty in using drops, she does. We saw this last time we went to Boots and we have both been using a bottle now for quite a long time.
It is safe for contact lens users and if she's wearing make up on her eyes it's still fine for her to use the spray without any advers effects. The downside is that it is incredibly expensive at £15 for such a tiny little bottle. However, on the plus side, one bottle will last for ages as every bottle has around one hundred sparys in it.
I suffer from dry eyes as I sit at a computer screen for many hours every day - she just suffers from dry eyes full stop. They can become irritating and gritty and unbrearably itchy. The idea of using this is very simple and straightforward. You just close your eyes shut and spray the delicate mist on your closed eyelids - simple as that.
The idea is that the fluid / mist will gradually penetrate into the inside of your eyes and relieve the symptoms. We both find that this really does hydrate our eyes and they do feel a lot less gritty and uncomfortable. I have to use mine several times a day to get the good effect but my other half uses hers only the once a day, possibly twice, depening on how she's feeling.
It has a really good long shelf life of up to threee years so again this is a plus point in my opinion. Obviously we keep it out of reach of the little lad as you have to be careful with things such as these around kids.
I think that people who find drops hard to use will find this a real blessing and it is really recommended that you try it despite the high price tag.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead.
As a contact lens wearer, I'm no stranger to poking around in my eyes, it used to make me feel sick just thinking about putting something in my eyes, but now I'm fine with it and do, admittedly, find a rather sinister enjoyment in grossing out other people when putting in or taking out contacts.
I usually use eye drops to lubricate my eyes while wearing my lenses, but I recently noticed a promotion on Optrex Actimist in Lloyds Pharmacy. It was reduced from £11.99 (a bit steep if you ask me!) to £7.99 (still expensive, but enough of a reduction to merit buying it to try.
~~~ What do you get for your money? The box and its contents ~~~
Well, you get a beautifully packaged little 10ml glass bottle full of the solution. The box itself is reassuringly medicinal in appearance, with the Optrex logo emblazoned across the top of the blue package.
The box states that the spray will provide "Instant relief from the symptoms of dry eyes such as irritated eyes" so, in other words, it will soothe irritated eyes. The box also tells me that Optrex lasts six times longer than any other eye spray and has around 100 sprays in the bottle. It also states that it is safe for use with contact lenses which is a big plus for me.
I feel I should include some of the important information from the packaging, as this is a product for the eyes and this information is vital to ensure safe use.
The box provides simple directions for use and also states that, unlike eye drops, there is no need to throw this away after 28 days. This is handy as I hardly use any of my eye drops before it's time to throw them away for hygiene reasons. The spray should be stored at room temperature (between 2oC and 25oC.
The bottom of the box provides a use by date (2013 in my case)
Inside the box you get an Instructions for use sheet which answers frequently asked questions about the product and includes a list of ingredients (1 ml of product contains: 10mg Soy Lecithin, 8mg Sodium Chloride, 8mg Ethanol, 5mg Phenoxyethanol, 0.25mg Vitamin A Palmitate, 0.02mg Vitamin E, Purified Water).
The Spray itself is a little glass bottle with a blue lid. It's much bigger than an eye drop bottle which may make it slightly more awkward to carry around. However, it is only about 6cm tall and 2cm in diameter so it's still fairly small.
The spray bottle contains much the same information as the box which is really useful as most people will no doubt throw the box away.
~~~ Using Optrex Actimist Eye Spray ~~~
To use the spray you simply hold the bottle at a distance of about 10cm from the eyes, close your eye, spray once or twice and repeat with the other eye.
You can use it while you have your contact lenses in and you can also use it while wearing make-up - although it is quite wet, so perhaps hold the spray further away from your eyes when wearing make-up.
When you have sprayed it on to your eyelids (the box, bottle and instruction sheet repeatedly remind you to spray it on closed eyes) it feels very wet, first of all as it is a fine, dispersing spray.
The next thing you will feel is a very pleasant, cooling sensation on your eyelids and you really do feel it penetrating through to your eyeballs! I keep my eyes closed for a couple of seconds to enjoy this part. Your eyes feel cool and relieved. It's really wonderful.
When you open your eyes they feel very...smooth is the only way I can think to describe it. It is obviously very lubricating and soothing and the result is a very smooth and comfortable feeling in your eye. If you are wearing lenses and your eyes feel irritated, you can spray this onto the lids and in seconds your eye feels refreshed and looses that dry, gritty feeling that contact lens wearers dread.
It is really very pleasant to use. It's great for those days where you feel like you'd like to take your eyes out and run them under cold water (or is that just me??) and it's also great for soothing during and after contact lenses.
One thing I would say is that the feeling is nothing like putting eye drops in. I have come to like that instant rush of moisture from a few eye drops, almost like washing your eye out. This is NOT like that at all. I think at first I expected it to be an instant feeling of wetness IN my eye like eye drops, but it really is not. Instead it is a cooling, soothing feeling without that "wet" feeling you get from drops.
~~~ How does it work? ~~~
Optrex Actimist spray works by repairing the lipid layer (tear film) on the surface of the eye. The Lipid helps to stop the tears evaporating and therefore drying out the eyes. However, this lipid film can become damaged through a variety of factors including air conditioning, dry environments, pollution and working at a computer screen. When the layer gets damaged, some of your natural tears can evaporate more freely, leaving the eye feeling dry or irritated.
When you use the spray, it puts something called liposomes onto the eyelid. These can penetrate the outside of the lid and go in to the underside of it, helping to coat the film on the eye and to repair the lipid layer. This is what gives the soothing and moistening effect.
The instructions state that Optrex Actimist can be used 3 or 4 times per day and on a daily basis, however, I feel that it should contain some kind of advice to see an optician if your eyes feel so dry or irritated that you have to use this spray several times every single day!
There are no known side effects or contraindications from using Optrex Actimist, however, you should not use if you are sensitive to any of the ingredients.
~~~ Conclusion ~~~
On my first use I was surprised that it did not feel wet in my eye - this seems stupid now, of course it's not wet in my eye, its wet where it is sprayed, on the lid! However, after my initial surprise I noticed how cooling and soothing the spray was. I used it again that first day and really enjoyed the cool feeling.
One of the great things about Optrex Actimist is that, unlike eye drops, it can be used by several people hygienically as it is a spray pump which does not touch the eye at all. This was great as I was able to let a few people try it and everyone seems to be amazed by the cooling and soothing sensation!
I have allergies and often get itchy or gritty feeling eyes (hence wanting to run them under cold water sometimes) but this spray seems to relieve the irritated feeling and the itch, it's really very impressive. I also enjoy using it with my contact lenses in, as it instantly refreshes and cools my eyes. I use monthly toric lenses and it has had no negative effects on my lenses at all. It's great for when you have your lenses in, your eyes are watering like crazy and you can literally feel the moisture haemorrhaging from your eyes! This spray just seems to calm all of that right down and sooth my eyes.
I am very impressed with Optrex Actimist and I will definitely continue to use this bottle. However, I don't think I will purchase another until it is on offer, as a price of £11.99 seems quite drastic for a 10ml bottle. Yes it will last a long time and yes it really works, but 11p per spray seems a lot of money! Lloyds Pharmacy currently have it on offer at £7.99 which is slightly better. I really have to knock off a star because of the price! Also, I feel that although it is very good, when I run out, I will be likely to just use eye drops again until this is on offer, as I still use my eye drops anyway for that rush of moisture! But it's certainly worth a try, particularly if you don't like eye drops!
I have worn contact lenses for the past fifteen years and while they are amazing in as much as allowing me to see, the real drawback of wearing them is the fact that my eyes get incredibly dry. After wearing my contact lenses for about 10 hours, my eyes become incredibly uncomfortable, and then after about 12 hours my eyes become pretty painful and all I want to do is to take my contact lenses out.......although its not always convenient to do so. However, I have found that Optrez Actimist Eye Spray has really revolutionised how comfortable my eyes feel after a full day of wearing my contact lenses. I have about five months experience of using this product - and I have been using it almost daily.
I bought Optrex Actimist Eye Spray from Boots. A 10 ml bottle of the solution cost £14.99 - which is incredibly expensive! I think the only reason that people (me included) are willing to spend this amount of money is because it is a pretty unique product......I know that I certainly haven't seen anything else like it on the market. Each bottle does contain 100 applications (or sprays) and the bottle will last for six months once its been opened - and I was estimate that I get through about one bottle every 2 months.
=====The Science Bit=====
Apparently, the solution mirrors that of our natural tears film in our eyes - which is why it works to correct dry eye conditions. We all have a thin film of tear film which covers our eyes, and when this becomes damaged, then the moisture within our eyes can evaporate - and effectively our eyes become dehydrated and uncomfortable. This spray seeks to repair the tear film so that further evaporation cannot occur - and also replaces moisture to make an immediate difference to the way your eyes feel.
It also contains Vitamin A and Vitamin E which are both necessary for eye health. Vitamin A has been shown to be beneficial for overall eye health and for preventing night blindness. Vitamin E prevents macular degeneration and has been shown to prevent the most common form of acquired blindness. Even though the inclusion of these vitamins may not be the reason for buying the spray, it certainly is a bonus.
=====Using the Product=====
I think the thing that I really love about this product is that it works even if I keep my contact lenses in! Using it for the first few times, it felt really weird because the directions tell you to actually close your eyes and then spray the solution onto your closed eyelids. I was skeptical......very skeptical! How could a product improve dry eye by spraying it on my eyelids? But...well, basically - it does work!
The spray comes out in a very fine mist and it is so fine that it doesn't even feel particularly cold or wet. It certainly isn't enough to upset my eye make-up. I have found that one spray is enough on each eyelid to improve the dryness in my eye. Once I open my eye, apparently the particles that are in the solution work from my eyelid and into my eye. It then spreads over the entire surface of the eye - and the Optrex starts to work its magic.
The spray does have a slight acrid smell to it which is not unpleasant but equally isn't very nice either. However, I have found that the smell dissipates within a few minutes.
=====Is it Efffective?=====
Yes, yes, yes! It really is quite fantastic. Like I said, I was so skeptical to begin with, but I cannot stress how well this product works. If the dryness in my eyes is a 10 before using the spray, I would say that it s a 2 afterwards. To go from a place where my eyes feel gritty, scratchy, dry and quite painful, to a place where they almost feel as good as new, is something I have never come across in an eye product of this type.
I would say that once I have used it, it works for about 5 hours. As long as my contact lenses are out by that time and I'm asleep (which I usually am!) then I don't need to repeat the spray. But if I am still out burning both ends of the candle then I simply repeat - with the same great result.
=====Would I Recommend?=====
I think it's clear that I would definitely recommend this product for anyone that suffers from dry eyes.
I can imagine I am not a rare case when I say I don't particularly like using eye drops. Applying eye drops on your self can be a pain for many people - having to lay down/tip your head at the correct angle, then having to put something in your eye and hope you don't flinch at that moment. The problem is that we use eye drops for a reason, to aid the treatment of dry or sore/itchy eyes and incorrectly applying them can hinder this progress.
Fortunately, Optrex have created a product to overcome this issue. The Optrex Actimist spray is a great product for treating dry or irritated eyes, even if you are wearing contact lenses at the same time. The application of this product is very simple. All you have to do is point the spray at your eyes, then close them and apply the product. When you open your eyes there is a fine mist which is a more natural way of treatment than squinting as you put drops in your eyes!
I think the idea of the product is great, and the application is much more natural and easy to undertake. The other very important point is does this product actually work? Well, I have had dry and itchy eyes in th past and have used this with a fair amount of success. I can use the other Optrex drops products, but it takes a lot of experience to actually tolerate the application of eye drops in my opinion! I think I paid around £5-6 in my local chemist for this 10ml spray, but for under a fiver you can find it online. obviously this isn't a product you would usually purchase until you need to use it, so online prices are a bit irrelevant from my experience. I would thoroughly recommend this product to anyone who uses eye drops regularly and doesn't find it a particularly pleasant experience.
I had laser eye surgery about a year ago, and one of the main potential after effects is dry eyes. I've not really suffered with dry eyes since the surgery...at least not until mid-March, when the weather started to improve and my eyes started to feel sore quite regularly. I should also add that I spend, on average, at least 12 hours per day staring at a screen of some description, and lately I haven't been getting enough sleep either. All these factors contributed towards me getting very uncomfortable, itchy and gritty feeling eyes.
I saw the Optrex Actimist Eye Spray advertised on TV and it sounded ideal. The main feature is that you don't have to squeeze the solution into your eyes like regular eye drops; you spray it on closed eyelids. After having laser eye surgery I had to have several different kinds of drops multiple times a day, and what with that and lots of eye appointments and the removal of leave-in contact lenses, my eyes have now developed a massive aversion to anything like that coming near them and twitch involuntarily. There was no way I'd be comfortable with having yet more eye drops, even though they do the job and they're relatively cheap.
So I went to hunt it down without doing any research, mentally expecting to pay around £5. I was horrified when I went into Boots and found that 10ml was £15! As far I know the spray only comes in one size, and it's supposed to last 100 sprays. (I've found that I will spray it two or even three times on one eye, so 100 sprays doesn't sound all that much.) I immediately gave up on the idea of buying it on the high street and headed to the internet instead, where I managed to pick it up new from eBay for a much more reasonable £6, including postage. Definitely shop around online for this, and make sure you check with the seller when the expiry date is. The spray should last about three years, but some people are selling it with only a couple of months left so be careful!
The Actimist Eye Spray comes in a small cardboard box, and inside that is a tiny little bottle with a blue lid. It does look more medicinal than a beauty product as it has quite a clinical appearance. As it's so small, it's best to have a set place where you keep it (e.g. bathroom cabinet or every day bag) because it's extremely easy to lose.
I removed the lid and sprayed the liquid on closed eyelids (if spraying yourself you might miss the first couple of times like me) and waited. The liquid kind of seeps in through the corners of your eyes, but it does the job. It didn't sting and wasn't painful at all, and my eyes did feel very wet for a few minutes after, but the relief was tremendous. Even though I had to spray each eye a couple of times, and it's easy to spray in the wrong place because the instructions aren't the clearest (aim for the corner of your eye for most relief), it definitely works.
For anyone who's interested, 1 ml contains 10mg Soy Lecithin, 8mg Sodium Chloride, 8mg Ethanol, 5mg Phenoxyethanol, 0.25mg Vitamin A Palmitate, 0.02mg Vitamin E and Purified Water.
Rather than having a use by date of a month like regular eye drops, these are a definite advantage for people like me who occasionally get dry, sore eyes and don't want to keep buying eye drops. If you're squeamish about touching your eyes or have sensitive eyes, then they are easier to use. The main issue really is the price, which is why I was initially unsure how many stars to award it. For £15 I would be hesitant to recommend this product because I'm not sure that the advantages over regular eye drops are big enough to make it worth the money. However, if you buy it online for £5-7, then I think they are worth it because the relief is equal to eye drops, the spray is easier to use, and the expiry date is a lot longer.
Helps to repair and restore dry, irritated eyes. Safe to apply while wearing contact lenses.