Product Type: Superdrug in Contact Lenses
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VERY GOOD mild eye antiseptic
Superdrug Eye Wash
Member Name: velissaria
Superdrug Eye Wash
Date: 10/02/11, updated on 10/02/11 (407 review reads)
Advantages: antibacterial and antifungal
Disadvantages: price for what it is
First to say that I don't know why dooyoo lists this product under contact lenses. This is a product for the general population, whether you wear contact lenses or not. Actually, ** if you do wear lenses, you need to remove them before using this product **.
A few weeks ago I experienced some eye discomfort. It was not something severe, just a mild irritation, so I decided to try an Eye Wash solution. I visited both Boots and Superdug and I was surprised by how expensive these solutions are. My partner, who used to be a chemist, looked at the ingredients and told me that most eye washes on the market were too mild to do be of any immediate action. He advised me to choose one with Borax in it, and so I chose the "Superdrug Eye wash & eye bath" which came at a price of around £2.99.
My partner was still shocked by the price; as he explained, he remembered that in the "old good days" his granny used to be able to buy Borax crystals for a few pence from the pharmacy, which she would dilute in a solution whenever she needed them. Unlike the washes, the crystals lasted for ages. Actually, he did approached the pharmacy counter at both Boots and Superdug and he asked if he could buy borax crystals, only to be looked back with shock and horror! It's sad, because a few decades ago pharmacies used to supply a lot of pure ingredients like borax, but nowadays everything is over-regulated and industrialized and sold at 10x the price. Since then I found on the internet that borax crystal powder is sold by some food stores online and it is very cheap indeed, but they sell it for household cleaning purposes, so I would be questioning how pure it is or suitable for medical use.
So, from what you will have guessed by my protest above, one of my main complaints about this product is the price.
The "Superdrug Eye wash & eye bath" comes in a dark blue box with a small bottle of 110 ml and a plastic "eye bath" in it. The "eye bath" is simply a small white plastic oval cap.
* The promises:
- It cleanses and soothes, with natural plant extracts
- Helps remove dust and other particles, leaving the eyes cleansed and refreshed
- Helps relieve eye dryness from smoke, pollution, tiredness, computer screen use and air conditioning
* How to use:
It's nothing complicated; you clean the eye bath with eye wash solution before use, then you fill the eye bath 1/3 full with fresh solution; you tilt your head a bit forward and place the plastic eye bath to fit your eye area and then you tilt your head backwards, open your eye and blink to let the solution flow freely over your eye for a minute or so; you repeat with fresh solution and your other eye if necessary.
* My reality:
I found the solution easy to use, and unlike harsh medication it can be used as often as necessary during the day. The problem for me is that because I wear contact lenses I had to remove them during the treatment, but usually this is the rule with all eye medications.
One criticism would be that the plastic eye bath does not fit all eye shapes; as a result, as you tilt your head backwards, some of the solution may start running on your face and clothes if the eye bath does not fit snugly over your eye area. Maybe this could be improved by using a silicone eye bath, or a plastic eye bath with a silicone rim.
A second criticism is that the bottle contains only 110 ml of solution. This is too little for the price and too much if you want to take it in your hand luggage in a plane (limit: 100 ml bottles). Don't all these marketing people with their degrees think about simple problems like that? A product like this would be ideal for those who get dry eyes and discomfort during long flights. Another price-related criticism is that the solution must be discarded 3 months after opening (which did not use to be a problem with dry crystals).
So, I deduct a star for the price and the plastic eye bath design. Apart from that, the solution worked well and made my eye feel more comfortable after use. Considering that this product contains Borax and an antibacterial, and it is stronger than many of its competitors, I think it is your best choice for mild eye irritations. If you suspect that you may have an infection (e.g fluid running from the eye, sticky eyelids) rather than a simple irritation, you must seek medical advise. I noticed that Boots sell eye antibiotic ointments without prescription, but they require you to talk to the pharmacist to get them.
Isotonic solution with Hammamelis (Witch-hazel), EDTA 0.1% (chemical used to dissolve scale), Borax / Boric acid buffer (an Anti-fungal), Polyhexamethylene Biguanide 0.0001% (antibacterial & disinfectant)
Summary: recommended for mild eye irritations
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