Product Type: Optrex in Contact Lenses
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A very refreshing eye wash
Optrex Eye Wash With Eye Bath
Member Name: daniella2202
Optrex Eye Wash With Eye Bath
Advantages: Great at soothing and cleaning the eye area and tired eyes
Disadvantages: It leaks now and again when you take the eye wash to your eye
Optrex eye wash really is a fantastic product which does what it says in the title, washes the eye area.
I was introduced to this product by my dad. I had no idea we had it in the medicine cabinet. But last Sunday I was suffering from terrible hay fever, it was so bad that I thought it was leading into conjunctivitis. My eyes were so itchy, red and sore. The timing was so unfortunate because for Sunday lunch we were having a massive family gathering for my brother's birthday with my what seems hundreds of cousins over and other members of the family. Due to being at university I don't get to see many of them too often, it seems I only see them at the same time every year at the same family occasions. So I had been looking forward to seeing lots of people, but my eyes hurt so much that it made me really quite grumpy and low for the day. They were making me tired because I kept rubbing them and I ended up just going to sleep later on in the afternoon. When I woke up dad brought some of this Optrex eye wash up to me and said he had forgotten we had any.
***So what do you do with it and how is it packaged?***
It comes in two sizes:
* 100ml which is £4.29
* 300ml which is £5.99
It is packaged in a see through glass bottle with a white screw cap. On top of the cap there is a plastic eye bath which is oval shaped to fit the eye area.
The instructions state that it relieves tired eyes as well as soothing uncomfortable eyes. It uses a multi action wash to gently cleanse the eye area. So in my opinion it is great to refresh the eye area and would also be very useful to clean the eye area if ever you felt you had something in your eye.
The main caution it reads is that contact lens wearers must wait 15 minutes after using the eye wash before putting their lenses in.
The bottle only states two main ingredients which are: witch hazel and purified water. The witch hazel you can definitely smell.
***How to use it***
It is very basic on how to use the eye bath. The plastic eye bath has a small line about two thirds up it which you should pour the solution up to. Then take it up to the eye flat and then gently put the bottom of the oval shaped line of the plastic water bath to the bottom of the eye quite tightly (so the solution doesn't leak down your face) and then tip it upwards. I close my eye until the solution is upwards and then I open my eye and swill it around for about 15 seconds , the bottle says 30 seconds but I can't keep it long enough before it leaks down my face. I would say 1 in 4 times I do it, it leaks down my face. So you need to use it quite quickly and tightly in getting the water bath cap securely around the eye area. Then once you have used it on one eye tip the remainder of the solution down the sink, wash out the cap and then start again on the other eye. It is then important to sterilise it afterwards to prevent the spread of something if someone else uses it.
Once I used this eye wash my eyes felt instantly better. It hadn't stopped them itching completely but it made them feel completely soothed and it made them feel more awake. I used it again before I went to bed. The instructions state it can be used every day but not how often a day. I used it twice a day, but it is only an eye wash so I can't imagine it would matter how many times you used it. However after using it for 2 days (4 times) my 100ml bottle was half empty. So you do use it up quite quickly. I would definitely recommend buying the larger bottle, it is much better value.
Overall it is a great quick fix for those hay fever days or when suffering from conjunctivitis or even just when extremely tired it is perfect. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars because I wasted a lot of the bottle with it leaking when using the water bath, but to be honest I don't see how they could make the plastic water bath better to prevent this. Definitely a product to keep in the bathroom cabinet.
Summary: A very useful eye wash to keep in the bathroom cabinet