Product Type: Optrex in Contact Lenses
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Optrex Sore Eyes Eye Drops
Member Name: supersonic75
Optrex Sore Eyes Eye Drops
Advantages: Feel refreshing to the eyes
I tend to suffer from dry eyes quite a lot and though my preferred choice of eye treatment is Viscotears, this isn't always readily available near where I live. As my home is less than a 10 minute walk to a Superdrug store I decided to buy whatever I could get my hands on a few days ago as recently my eyes have been not only dry but very sore to boot (having used the last of my Viscotears the week before).
Though I'm sure that Superdrug's own brand of eye drops would have sufficed just as well, I was drawn to these Optrex for sore eyes drops as they seemed to surmise exactly what I was after, though costing £3.99 I did have reservations as the shops own brand was less than half this price.
Optrex is the first name that springs to mind when thinking of eye care but it doesn't necessarily mean it is the best so I was open minded when I purchased these deciding if they weren't up to scratch then I would take a trip into town to where I buy my Viscotears from.
*~*Price, Packaging & Availability*~*
The packaging is in the same form as most eye drop containers and has a very generic look and feel to it being in a small upright container with a pointed screw top lid. The bottle is small and compact and comes in one size which is 10 ml, this may not sound like a lot but as with most eye treatments they only have a 'life' of 28 days once opened and this amount normally suffices for that amount of time (from my own experience anyway).
As mentioned this cost me £3.99 from Superdrug and after a quick look online this seems to be the RRP for most shops/ chemists give or take the odd 5p.
*~*What is it?*~*
These eye drops are aimed at people who suffer the discomfort of dry and sore eyes. This can be caused by a range of things such as eyes that are tired, spending time in dry atmospheres (central heating/ air conditioning etc), or from prolonged use of a computer - anything really that causes the eyes to become sore and overly dry.
The blurb on the packaging informed me that this product will "..give relief from day to day strains.." due to the medicated ingredients and when I have looked the key ingredient here is witch hazel which is commonly used in eye drops/washes,
and also used is distilled water which again is a key ingredient. I won't be printing the entire list on my review as if you so wish, it can be read in the directions contained within the packaging.
There is no rocket science involved here as they are eye drops so therefor yo apply to the eye area. The *official* instructions advise to make sure hands are clean and that the bottle's seal is intact when bought. Then to apply either add 1 or 2 drops to each eye whilst your head is tilted back, or if easier close the eyes completely and add the drops to the corner then open and blink to cause the drops to enter the eye.
*~*My own experience of using these*~*
As mentioned I suffer from dry eyes on a regular basis and my optician recommended using Viscotears (which I was already familiar with as I was once given a tube from the hospital following an operation, and also my dad uses these so was aware of the product). As this item is only available from certain Chemists near to where I live I often have to buy products that are available in my local Superdrug store (which doesn't have a pharmacy) and is situated nearby my home.
As there was a plethora of eye products to choose from I found myself being drawn to the Optrex brand purely for the branded name only I'm ashamed to admit, knowing that Optrex is a renowned and well respected brand.
I picked this particular eye treatment as I liked the fact none of the other eye drops available mentioned they catered for sore eyes as well, so Optrex really had the upper hand here as far as I'm concerned with the adding of one single word to their title.
On my return home I proceeded to open the small cardboard packaging the drops comes encased in and after unscrewing the sealed lid I applied two drops to the corner of each eye whilst holding my head slightly back to avoid the drops running in the opposite direction.
It would be such an easy review to say these were standard eye drops but actually they did make my eyes feel *slightly* better than when I just use standard drops. On contact with each eye the drops felt refreshingly cool and seemed to coat each eyeball thoroughly enough for my eyes to feel instantly soothed. I wear glasses for distance and admit to being lazy and wearing them all day even for close up work (which isn't necessary but I can't be bothered taking them off constantly) and whilst this may seem the 'easy' option my eyes do sometimes feel slightly drawn and I do get slight eye strain, especially when I'm using my computer for a length of time.
I know I keep mentioning my beloved Viscotears but there really is no comparison between the both as the latter would win hands down as it is far more soothing being of a gel consistency.
Though these are just eye drops (of the watery consistency variety) they do seem to be quite effective at reducing the discomfort of sore eyes. I have been using these just short of one week now and have applied when needed and each time they have offered instant relief by coating my eye and making it less uncomfortable. The eye drops can be fiddly when applying but no more than any other brand so as long as you tip your head at an angle then there should be little wastage.
I would say the results are definitely beneficial and though my eyes have felt 'better' for up to 2 hours after sing each time, I feel the slightly expensive price of £4 is unjustifiable so this product loses one star for that reason only.
As far as eye drops are concerned then these certainly do what they are supposed to and because of the small compactness of the bottle they fit neatly into bags and even pockets when out and about without being in the way. I personally store my eye drops in the fridge when at home for that added touch of refreshment when applying to strained and tired eyes.
Because of the price I am going to deduct one star but as for the actual product then it is a winner with me and it is something I will use again in the future, but more so if the price was lower.
*It's worth just pointing out that these can be used by contact wearers but obviously remove lenses before using and then wait 15 minutes before putting the lenses back in.
Summary: A good product but on the pricey side.