Product Type: Optrex in Health Therapies / Treatments
Newest Review: ... tends to disappear after a good nights sleep. Overall, I would recommend the Optrex Red Eyes Drops for minor eye irritations.... more
Chase away the red eyed monster
Optrex Red Eyes Drops
Member Name: Dryad
Optrex Red Eyes Drops
Date: 14/12/10, updated on 14/12/10 (410 review reads)
Advantages: Works well, makes you look 'normal'
Disadvantages: can sting for a very brief moment,
Most eye drops sooth and moisturise or deal with allergic reactions but they don't usually have an instant effect on the redness caused by irritated membranes and dilated capillaries. These drops are not meant to treat allergy or infection and are primarily cosmetic. Although if my allergy is sufficiently stroppy and remains bloodshot even once I have deployed the anti allergy missile, then this can be enough to feel irritating and cause a vicious cycle of re-reddening. So using these drops does sometimes have a comforting aspect on inflamed eyes in addition to the aesthetic effect.
The clear liquid comes in an attractive, distinctive blue box, and the bottle itself is shaped like a softened triangle, which I find nice and easy to handle, and less fiddly than the little cylindrical bottles drops often come in. The applicator nozzle is a little thicker than many other brands and types of eye drops, and is an opaque white. I like this as with a translucent nozzle I have been know to poke myself in the eye, or even suck when I should be droppering and hurt my eyeball (having lost track of where the nozzle is and got all confused . . . It doesn't take a lot to bamboozle me). The cap screws soundly on to the bottle, the thread is nicely formed giving less chance of the cross threading I seem to be so good at with simple screw lids.
Optrex Red Eyes Eye Drops are available at Boots for £4.09 for 10ml and £3.60 from Amazon at the moment. The can be bough readily in most chemists on the high street.
Blood shot eyes are caused by abnormally increased blood flow and dilated capillaries in the eye. These drops work to normalise the blood flow in the capillaries and they are mildly astringent. Apply one or two drops in to the affected eye/eyes by pulling the lower lid gently down and dropping into this 'pocket'. Close your eye/s and move them from side to side or around to make sure the product gets to all areas. You may aware of a mild burning or stinging sensation on application, which in my case usually makes the eyes water more. If I'm going to be wearing make up I try to use these drops before application or have tissue ready to blot if I'm already wearing mascara. The uncomfortable sensation passes quite quickly, but initially the eyes can look a little redder than they were before use. This eases very quickly leaving your eyes feeling relieved and looking refreshed and 'normal'.
If the redness is caused by an irritant which isn't 'washed' away by the drops, or an allergy the eyes can redden again, so obviously treat the cause first as these drops (and other similar products) only treat the symptom. For example they will clear redness caused by one too many drinks, or tiredness, but an allergy will need to be treated with antihistamines too.
The active ingredients in these drops are Naphazoline Hydrochloride PhEur 0.01 w/v, which is a medical component called a sympathomimetic (naphazoline details taken from netdoctor). It acts on receptors in the walls of blood vessels. This makes the blood vessels narrow and restricts the flow of blood through them. This reduces the redness in the eyes. The other active ingredient is Distilled Witch Hazel BPC 12.5v/v. Witch hazel has been used for hundreds of years for its astringent properties, it helps to shrink and contract blood vessels to normal dimensions, and is used in many products which normalise or reduce blood flow for example in styptic products to stop blood flow quickly after a shaving cut.
Optrex offers many varieties of eye drops and two of their brands have a similar effect and pretty much the same ingredients as Red Eyes Eye Drops. These are Eye Dew Dazzling eyes, which has a blue component which is meant to make the whites of the eyes 'whiter' temporarily, and the Eye Dew Sparkling Eyes, which has no 'white' enhancing properties. I have used all three and can say that the Red Eyes Eye Drops are most effective for getting rid of truly blood shot eyes. The other products do work well but seem to have a slightly weaker effect on the redness. If your eyes are sensitive the Eye Dew is not quite as sharply astringent feeling as the product I'm reviewing. The Witch Hazel in the Eye Dew Sparkling is listed after the other active ingredient and the concentration is not mentioned which makes me think that it is weaker; this may be why I don't find them quite as effective as the Red Eyes drops.
If you find the redness in your eyes keeps returning to the extent that you feel that you need to use these drops every day, or any soreness or itchiness occurs then you should stop using the drops and check with your doctor. You may have an underlying medical problem which needs addressing, for example an eye infection, allergy to any of the ingredients (or general allergy which would be better treated with specific anti-histamine drops).
These drops return bloodshot eyes to a normal appearance; they don't have any 'enhancing' properties, as some of the eye dew products mentioned above. You are simply left with your normal wide awake, pre attack of the red eyed monster eyes. A great product, I wouldn't be without.
Some more information:
Purified Water, Glycerin, Benzalkonium Chloride, Borax, Boric Acid and Disodium Edetate.
Instructions for use and contra indications taken from Boots website
 Wash hands before use
 Gently squeeze one or two drops into each eye. Repeat as necessary, Do not use more than 4 times in 24 hours
 Apply 1 or 2 drops into the pocket formed by your lower eyelid, but don't allow the tip to touch your eye
Do not use Optrex Red Eyes Eye Drops:
* If you are sensitive to any of the ingredients
* Whilst or just before wearing soft contact lenses
* If you have glaucoma, other eye disease or have had eye surgery
* if you are under 12 years old
* Do not use more than 4 times in 24 hours
Summary: A great product that will clear up bloodshot eyes quickly.
More reviews in the field of Health Treatment
- 88p to prevent an explosion.......
- In spite of the Jungle Formula , Brittle still gets bitten!
- Something a little bird told me...
- Swallow this down
- PERFECT FOR THAT COUGH, COUGH, COUGH
- Keeping my cool
- Marymoose buys expensive Paracetomol!
- Cheaper and do the job
- Reminiscing fondly over childhood injuries...
- Marymoose buys cheap Tesco Paracetomol!