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
The RED EYE Effect..!!
Optrex Red Eyes Drops
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Optrex Red Eyes Drops
Advantages: Easy to use & readily available..
Disadvantages: Cooling effect didn't last long..
I have recently had trouble sleeping which is not a particularly unusual occurrence for me unfortunately. My insomnia often means that I have a few 'side-effects' to deal with as a result of a complete lack of sleep and one of these is unfortunately very sore, tired eyes.
As I spend a lot of time using the internet and staring at a computer screen - usually for hours at a time - this only really worsens the sore, delicate tired feeling that my eyes suffer from on a regular basis. I find that in times like this the use of some delicate eye drops in my eyes can help to 'perk them up' a little bit and make them feel a bit more awake and refreshed.
I have recently tried out several different brands of eye drops and assorted products claiming to 'soothe' my eyes whilst others promised to sort out the red 'bleary' look of them. I have not really found that any of the products that I have tried have made that much difference to the sore, irritated feeling that I've been feeling in my poor peepers recently. I got so fed up with spending a small fortune on useless products that didn't seem to live up to their claims that I ended up going into a local pharmacy to speak to a pharmacist about it. She examined my eyes quickly and commented that they looked quite red. I mentioned that I suffered from hay fever and she suggested trying out a product that might help soothe my eyes whilst reducing the redness in them as I might be suffering from a bout of hay fever which would be contributing to the irritation I was feeling in my eyes. She had two products available on offer on this particular day, and I have to confess that my heart sank slightly when I saw that both products were from the 'Optrex' brand. I only say this because it is a brand that had proved pretty fruitless to me in my quest for a soothed peeper thus far.
Anyway, I decided I may as well give the recommended products a try out and I ended up buying them both. One of the items was called "Optrex Bloodshot Red Eyes Eye Drops" and I paid around £4 for the tiny 10ml bottle of solution.
There is a whole range of drops and eye care products available from the Optrex brand which can be found in all good pharmacies such as Boots, as well as drugstores like Superdrug. Some of the products I had recently tried out from the Optrex brand didn't really live up to my expectations, so I was understandably dubious about the results I could expect to achieve from using the Optrex Red Eye Drops. As I was beginning to feel pretty desperate however, I decided to give them a go.
Once I returned home, I read the full product information which comprised of several warnings as to how the product should be stored, when it should be discarded (28 days after it has been opened) and who should and should not use the product. I certainly didn't have any doubt that the product was suitable for me to use and felt that sufficient information was provided for consumers to make an informed choice. There were clear instructions given about the required application and the dosage restrictions, and there was absolutely no confusion regarding either of these points.
When it came to using the Optrex Red Eyes drops, I found that this was easy to do. I found that the specially-shaped bottle allowed me to maintain a steady grip whilst aiming the drop at my eye. I also found that the shaped nozzle on this particular bottle was quite well made in that it allowed a perfectly-shaped droplet to be dispensed into my eyelid perfectly, and with ease, without a great puddle of liquid being squirted into each eye, which is something I have found can happen quite easily with other brands of eye drops.
The Optrex Red Eyes Drops are clear coloured and have a runny consistency. In actual fact the liquid resembles water. There is no scent or fragrance that I can detect from these particular drops.
The Optrex Bloodshot Red Eyes Drops are actually quite medicated, and contain active ingredients to help soothe the eye, one of which is distilled witch hazel. As this is a type of astringent, I was slightly worried that the Optrex Red Eyes Drops would sting or feel uncomfortable in my already uncomfortable-feeling, sensitive eyes - but I really needn't have worried. Instead, I found that the Optrex Red Eyes Drops had a lovely calming, cooling effect on my eyes almost immediately after they were dropped into my eye. I chose to use only one drop in each of my eyes to begin with, but I could have opted to drop two droplets of the Optrex product into each eye if I had chosen to. I actually found that one drop was more than enough to allow my tired and aggravated eyes become cooler and more comfortable almost immediately.
As for the appearance of my eyes, I did find a marked improvement in the noticeable redness that had been present on each of my poor eye 'whites'. I couldn't say that the red appearance disappeared altogether, but I definitely noticed that the aggressive-looking red 'speckled' look that had been evident on each of my eyes diminished quite significantly. I was also impressed that this improvement happened very quickly, and after around half an hour from the time of administering the Optrex Red Eye drops, the redness had been reduced. I think I had been expecting the change and improvement to take quite a bit longer than this to materialise, so I was pleasantly surprised.
The initial feeling of relief and coolness that I had experienced with the Red Eyes drops didn't last very long, which is something I have come to expect with products such as this unfortunately. I found that some two hours after the drops had been put in my eyes, they felt as tired and uncomfortable as they had prior to using the drops. On the plus side however, the red appearance seemed to be 'quashed' more effectively than the uncomfortable feeling I had been suffering from, and this stayed away for most of the day, even after only one application.
I continued to use the Optrex Red Eyes Drops for around a week after I first bought them and during that time I found that the results achieved didn't really change much. I found that they were quite effective at reducing the redness and horrible 'speckled' appearance I had been aware of in my eyes. When it came to soothing or helping the way my tired eyes actually felt however, I didn't find that the initial 'soothing' sensation I experienced at the time of application lasted for a significant period of time.
I have therefore come to the conclusion that the Optrex Red Eyes Drops live up their name in that they certainly help to reduce the redness associated with eye problems and allergies. If you are looking for a product to help soothe your eyes or give them a bit of a 'perk' however, then I would suggest that you buy a different product altogether. I'd award the drops three marks out of five, based on my findings and experience of the product.
There is a whole range of eye care products available in the Optrex range, many of which can be found in Boots stores, as well as some supermarkets and drugstores. Many of the products are available to buy from the Boots website which can be found at www.boots.com
Summary: Probably wouldn't buy them again..!
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