Product Type: Optrex in Contact Lenses
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Relief for Parched Eyes!
Optrex Dry Eye Drops
Member Name: hanmillie
Optrex Dry Eye Drops
Advantages: Lubricates and soothes dry eyes, easy application, reasonable price
Disadvantages: Do not cure the symptoms of dry eye
In the past few months I have suffered from constantly sore and red eyes and so, worried that I might be needing glasses, I booked an appointment with my optician to find out the reason why my eyes were so agitated. After a series of tests, the nastiest being the intraocular pressure test where they blow puffs of air into your eyes, I was only to eager to hear what the optician would say, myself convinced that he would say I had a form of eye strain from too much computer use during the day. To my surprise, he actually diagnosed me with a slight case of dry eye, that being that areas on the surface of my eyeballs were not getting lubricated sufficiently during the day and he suggested a number of solutions to help.
As well as adding making some slight changes to my diet and drinking more water, he also suggested that I buy some eye drops specifically for dry eye sufferers for putting into my eyes during periods throughout the day. Being spurred on to buy anything that would help my painful and now unattractive eyes, I bought a bottle of eye drops there and then and the ones purchased were the 'Optrex Eye Drops for dry eyes'.
The packaging for my eye drops differs slightly to the picture shown on Dooyoo. The drops are packaged in a rectangular cardboard box which is blue in colour and illustrated with the blue Optrex logo. A picture of parched ground runs like a banner across the background of my box whilst the text indicates that the packaging contains rehydrating eye drops with 'for dry eyes' highlighted in a pink box. In addition the front of the box indicates that these eye drops are suitable for contact lenses wearers. Whilst the packaging is not the most exciting in the world in my opinion, it certainly looks neat and clean with the blue colour giving a hint of calm, perfect for my tired eyes.
Turning the box over we are told that these eye drops are said to instantly rehydrate and lubricate the eyes making them suitable for people who use a computer regularly or who are exposed to air conditioning regularly. Additionally, the box contains 10ml of product.
Inside the box, the bottle of eye drops matches the colour way of the box. The bottle, though small, is white in colour and is topped with a blue screw top lid and a blue label with instructions on the back stating that these eye drops should be discarded 28 days after opening and stored at below 25 °C. This is an important date to adhere to according to my optician and so now I scribble a date onto my bottle to show when it was first opened so that I can throw it away within the 28 days.
Once opened, the bottle has a tapered nozzle meaning that the eyes drops can be applied with ease and also used hygienically. The liquid inside is clear in colour with a slightly oily constancy which after having a good sniff I can confirm is completely odourless. This liquid uses aqua as its principle ingredient but also contains sodium chloride, boric acid and PEG 8000 amongst some of its ingredients.
~Use and Application~
Optrex recommends that these eye drops are suitable for both adults and children who are 12+. The instructions highlight the importance of washing your hands before use and making sure that the tamper seal is intact before use. Following this it is advised that you tip your head backwards and gently squeeze one to two drops in each eye when required. In my experience this is usually easier is somebody else does the squeezing for you, but nonetheless it is easy enough to do yourself.
Having been using these eye drops for a couple of months now I have to say that the application process is easiest done when you are lying down on a flat surface. I then open my eyes as wide as I can make them before dropping one drop into each eye. My eyes immediately burn when I drop the liquid into them before I get a soothing sensation and so my instant reaction is to squint whilst dropping the eye drops in. I like to keep my eyes closed for a good 60 seconds after application to ensure that the drops liberally coat my eye before opening.
After suffering for a while now with dry eyes I know how horrid it feels when they not only feel dry but also itchy and at times very sore. Having dropped a couple of these eye drops into each eye I find that my eyes immediately feel refreshed and more awake and the stinging sensation leaves them. Although these eye drops don't take away the redness from my eyes which can only be completely eradicated after a good nights sleep, they certainly take a lot of the irritation away. This soothing feeling lasts for around an hour when I am on the computer or longer if I am out and about before they start feeling dry again. Although as these eye drops do not have a maximum daily usage on them I do use them a few times throughout the day without a problem.
~Price and Availability~
I have seen these eye drops in a number of pharmacy stores as well as supermarkets and you should expect to pay around £3 - £4 for them. I bought my last bottle from Sainsburys and paid around £3.50 for them and I have recently seen them in Tesco for the same price. I feel that the £3.50 price tag makes these eye drops a good purchase as they are from a quality brand. Plus with the relief they give to my eyes I would happily pay more if I needed to.
Although these aren't a permanent solution to my dry eye symptoms they are certainly a massive help and therefore I will continue to use and recommend these eye drops. As a result, these eye drops score an excellent five stars from me.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
Summary: Effective daily drops