“ Manufacturer: Optrex / Lens Type: Drops „
I like using Optrex Eye Drops when my eyes need a boost for a variety of reasons, as I find that they can help clear and soothe my tired eyes after having played computer games for any length of time or after having been surfing the internet for longer than usual. I feel that these easy to apply eye drops are a product that can quickly help ease my tired eyes in these kinds of situations whilst refreshing and soothing them at the same time. I often opt for Optrex eye drops as I have found that they can be quickly and easily applied to my eyes when needed, as the drops are held within an easy to handle container that makes using them very simple.
I would say that if you haven't yet used eye drops the first few applications may be a case of trial and error in order to find the right amount of eye drops to use. I found this to be the case although once I became used to applying the eye drops, judging the correct amount to use became easier each time. After a small number of applications adding a one or two drops of soothing Optrex when required is very easy in my opinion, although there are easy to understand directions for the use of this product supplied with it if in doubt.
I really find that the eye drops begin to work quite quickly to help hydrate, clear and refresh my eyes when I use them. The cooling sensation I get when I apply the eye drops is pleasant enough in my opinion and once you become accustomed this feeling it takes just a few short minutes for the eye drops to set to work. After having used Optrex eye drops I feel that my eyes often end up looking much brighter and less tired than before which is something that I like about the effect of this product.
For medical usage I simply use the soothing eye drops to help clean the eye area with. I find Optrex eye drops can be really very helpful during times when the pollen count is high and I am suffering with itchy/ sore and dry/ tired eyes. I find that Optrex doesn't irritate my eyes at all which I am pleased about and I haven't experienced any redness or irritation of my eyes which I feel could be attributed to this product after having used it. Optrex eye drops have the same PH level as tears according to information given, which means they should be fine to use in a variety of situations.
~Price and product rating~
Optex eye drops can be rather helpful for brightening, soothing and generally refreshing tired eyes in my opinion. They can be used for times when allergies have made your eyes sore and red and they can be used by contact lens wearers safely. Purified water is used to make the product which means that the eye drops are safe for general use. I like Optrex because I feel it is easy to use and gives me quick results most of the time. I try never to pay more than £4 for Optrex eye drops and often find them on sale for closer to £3 if buying the basic Optrex product, (although some of the other variants can be a little more costly). A small sized 10ml bottle of Optex can last quite a while if used with care. My rating for Optrex eye drops is 4 stars as I find they can be very helpful during times when my eyes need a helping hand.
One of the troubles with either writing or reading a review about something like Optrex is that it makes you think that you need it. What I mean is that once you start thinking about matters such as whether your eyes feel a bit dry or dusty or sore, then you will start to think that they are at least one of these things. You will then need to try some eye lotion just to feel fresh again.
The Company and the product
Optrex is made under the umbrella of Crookes Healthcare, and based in Nottingham. The declared ingredients in the lotion are purifed water, alcohol, boric acid, glycerin, witch hazel (that's an evocative name from childhood!), sodium borate and benzalkomium chloride.
Optex state that the ingredients are balanced at the natural pH level lf tears, which is why it feels so comfortable in the eyes.
Optrex has been around for decades. The Eye Lotion comes in a reassuring coloured glass bottle - clear, brown or blue - and there is a handy and comofortingly shaped eye bath.
To apply, you fill the eyebath about a third full with the lotion, having first made sure that it is entirely clean. Optrex recommend washing it out with some of their lotion, but you could probably do just as well with boiled water - taking all necessary precautions, of course.
You fit the eye bath over en eye, making a seal so that none can leak out, and lean your head back just enough so that the lotion can gently wash over the surface of your eye. As long as you can keep your eye open - which is a thing I find hard to do, as I always shut my eyes when swimming underwater - then the feeling of the cool liquid bathing your eye is really nice. Once you have done both eyes, they feel lovely and clean and very often the soreness goes.
It's important to pour away the lotion and wash the eye bath with fresh solution between each application, i.e. between eyes, as it were. If you don't then you could pass infection from one eye to another.
Another good tip is to keep the lotion in a cool but not cold part of the house, so that your eyes are refreshed and not shocked.
When to use it
Optrex point out what you already know but maybe don't recognize sufficiently: driving, computer use, air conditioning, smoke and central heating can all put strain on the eyes and cause discomfort. So Dooyoo members are at risk on at least one cound, of not three or four! I certainly notice my eyes getting a bit sore if I have a lot of driving to do in a day, and wish I had some eye lotion with me then.
It's quite cheap - about £3.50 for 300 ml. Optrex tell you not to keep the lotion for more than three months. I'm not sure about this, but could not possibly comment!
One thing Optrex won't do is to cure your eyes of infections - so if the lotion doesn't alleviate pain, you need to consult a doctor. But it is good for giving them a nice refreshed feeling.
Optrex is one of those products that I always have a supply of in the house as it is a product that you can always rely upon to get the job done.
Optrex is an eye wash solution which is excellent to treat minor eye irritations that might be caused by dust or dirt or some other infection, the eye wash will clean out the eye and it is also very good for refreshing your eyes if they are tired, in those horrible days before the smoking ban when pubs and clubs were full of smoke I would often use this product last thing at night to refresh my eyes before going to bed.
The main ingredient is Hamamelis Virginiana which is described as being mildly astringent, Optrex is a clear liquid in a glass bottle and it comes with a blue eye wash bath into which you pour the liquid to the mark shown and then place it over you eye and lean back a bit and move your head to swish the solution around keeping your eye open, after use it is important to clean the eye bath in boiling water after each use to ensure no infection is retained and past on.
It has a cooling sensation when you use it and certaunly my eyes feel refreshed and cleaner. A sper product and one I'm never without.
Summer colds and sinus problems can be so difficult to deal with, can't they? I woke up last Bank Holiday Monday with what I thought was the worst eye infection I'd had since my teens. My doctor was unavailable and so was the optician, which left me in a very uncomfortable state. After a few hours of suffering my husband decided that we ought to go to Tescos and see if we could get something that would at least relieve my discomfort and that's how I ended up trying Optrex eye lotion. Optrex is an associate company of Crookes Healthcare and is based in Nottingham, just in case you wondered! The packaging is blue and white with the Optrex logo being quite prominently printed on three sides of the box. All the usage instructions are printed quite clearly here too. The bottle itself is made from clear glass and looks quite dumpy in shape (I know, bad description but I can't think of any other word to describe it). There is also a blue eye bath supplied with the lotion. Okay, so did I have any problem using it? Well no, actually, it's incredibly easy! The most important instruction is to sterilize the eye bath before using it by boiling it first. Once the bath is cooled, fill it until its one third full and follow the instructions! Oh, you'd like me to tell you about the instructions? Well if you tip your head forward slightly and place the eye bath over your eye - remembering to keep the eye open - then tip your head back a little and gently rock your head from side to side so that the whole eye area is washed. Throw out the lotion once you've completely washed your eye. I found it best to do over the sink just in case it spilled but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it didn't. The eye bath is shaped so that it fits quite well around the whole area. After you've done one eye you must remember to sterilize the eye bath again before doing the seco
nd one - you don't want to transfer anything nasty, do you! So what are the ingredients? The active ingredient is Hamamelis Virginiana, which is Distilled Witch Hazel BPC 13% v/v. This has a mildly astringent effect to bring fast effective relief to minor eye irritations. The other ingredients are: Purified Water Boric Acid Borax Benzalkonium Chloride According to the packaging some people may have allergic reactions to some of the ingredients and if you're concerned about the effects of the lotion then you should consult your doctor, pharmacist or optician. It does have an expiry date that is printed on the lid of the box although I had to look very carefully to find it! They also recommend that you discard any unused lotion after three months once the bottle has been opened. There are all the usual warnings about accidental swallowing and what to do but the bit I found most useful was the warning about contact lenses. You shouldn't use the lotion whilst or shortly before wearing soft contact lenses. I found it best to use just before bed so that my eyes had plenty of time to rest! So, did it work? A resounding yes it did, for me anyway! It turned out that my 'eye infection' was in fact a prelude to a nasty summer sinus attack accompanied by a cold too. After just three days the lotion made my eyes felt cool and refreshed and it really helped clear up the stickiness. It's nice to know that some products really do what they say on the box and from now onwards I'll make sure that I always have a fresh bottle on hand. Ooh, I almost forgot, the Optrex comes in a 110ml bottle and I paid 3.49 in Tescos although I'm sure the price will vary depending on where you shop.
You won't want to be without Optrex once you're used to having it in the house. It's so useful and really does soothe the eyes. It brings fast relief for irritation caused by dust, smoke, night driving, too much TV (or PC) and a host of other things. It will leave your eyes feeling soothed and refreshed. This lotion is really easy to use. You get a blue plastic eyebath with the bottle of lotion which is clear in clear in colour. Fill the eyebath up to the line. Now for the tricky bit. Put your head forward and press the eyebath to your eye socket. (Not too hard but firmly enough to stop the liquid running out.) Then, keeping the bath in place, tip your head back and flutter your eyeslid a few times. That's it, one soothed,rinsed eye. Never use the lotion thats left in the bath for your other eye, or return it to the bottle. Throw it down the sink. The reason for this is that you may have an infection in one eye and sp pass it to the other, or you might introduce bacteria to the bottle of lotion if you pour it back. Optrex also gives some relief to hayfever sufferers although it doesn't deal with the allergy it helps soothe the eyes and stop irritation. If you have a serious problem with your eyes see a doctor or optician. Never take chances, they are too precious. YOUR DOG TOO! My dog had a very sticky eye and I used Optrex as my first option for him. It cleaned it and he had no more trouble with it. (Give the dog his own eyebath though, don't share yours.) Obviously the same rule applies to your dog as it does to you. If its severe or won't clear in a day or two see a specialist.
As someone who has worn contact lenses for over 20 years and as I have a particular dislike for wearing glasses, I have come to appreciate Optrex greatly. As fellow lens wearers will know, the feeling of tired eyes after having your lenses in for a long time is a very uncomfortable one. Because of my poor prescription I have been advised by my optician to wear gas permeable lenses rather than soft or disposable ones and unfortunately they tend to be worse for prolonged wearing. I also don't have the ideal lifestyle, working in front of a computer screen in an office during the day and then settling down for a nights Dooyooing when I get home. Add to this the occasional couple of hours in a smoke filled pub and you have the perfect recipe for eyestrain. For many years I just put up with the irritation and sore red eyes and tried to give them a little relief by putting my hated glasses on late at night to watch the end of the late film or to finish off some work on the computer. Then a few years ago, after a particularly heavy session at the pub, I fell asleep in my lenses. When I woke up I realised at once that they were still in and removed them immediately. Luckily it was a Saturday so no work, but my eyes were still stinging and extremely uncomfortable. Then a friend suggested I try Optrex. Along with the bottle of Optrex was an eye bath and instructions which told me to fill the bath one third full and rock my head from side to side to let the liquid wash over the open eye for 30 seconds. Although it's fair to say it didn't return my eyes instantly to a perfect state, it did soothe them considerably. Ever since then I've been a fan of Optrex and try to use it every night when I remove my contacts and sometimes in the morning, espcially after a particularly late Dooyoo session. Doing this has definately cut down on the soreness and eyestrain and is well worth the extra cost. One word of caution, I am currently t
rying out the new Optrex Fresh Eyes solution and notice that it is advised on the bottle not to use this just before wearing soft contact lenses. Other than this I would certainly recommend it for lens wearers and people who suffer with tired/sore eyes. PS. If you happen to find yourself with extremely sore eyes and nothing to bathe them with, a soggy teabag will provide some relief. I don't know why, but I can testify that it does work.
Optrex Eye Lotion is mildly astringent, bringing fast effective relief to minor eye irritations caused by dust, smoke, bright lights and other irritants to leave your eyes soothed, cooled and refreshed.