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Oily Golden Eyes
Golden Eye Ointment
Member Name: Tracy_1127
Golden Eye Ointment
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A while ago I got a minor problem with one of my eyes. I developed a lump on the inner lid of my eyelid that felt sore and sharply painful so I popped to the chemist to see what they could offer. The pharmicist had a quick look at the lump, which wasn't very visible but felt huge to me, and declared I had a small infected cyst that would benefit from some of this Golden Eye Ointment. I bought a tube for about £4.50 and came away humming Bond theme songs.
The tube is small, only 5g in size and it comes in a cardboard box with a larger piece of cardboard sticking out of the back that shows the eye you can see in the picture above. The active ingredient is dibrompropamidine isetionate which is an antiseptic and the leaflet tells us this ointment is used for conjunctivitis or blepharitis which is inflammation of the eyelid. If you have an allergy to the ingredients you obviously can't use this product and if you are pregnant, breast feeding or on any other medication you must tell the pharmacist but otherwise there are not many people who can't use this, even children can apparently.
Side effects are listed as possible allergic reactions such as itching and redness of the eyes and if this happens you must stop using the product and tell your pharmacist or GP, especially if your vision becomes impaired.
The tube has a screw lid and a pointed nozzle with a hole in it to squeeze the ointment out. It says to discard after 4 weeks of opening and to keep out of the reach of children. This I'm sure is so children don't eat it not because it's dangerous in their eyes.
So onto the ointment. To apply this you wash your hands then pull down the lower lid and squeeze half an inch onto your inner lower lid. Close your eyes and it mixes with the upper lid too so it covers both. The ointment is clear and squeezes out easily. The small tube and nozzle make it simple to hit the right area. Once it's in your eye and you've got it closed it suddenly feels like a big blob of vaseline! When you open your eyes it's like you've got a film of vaseline over the eye you've applied it to and vision is blurry for a few minutes while you blink and clear it off the eyeball itself. Driving would not be advisable for a few minutes as it really does mess up your vision!
After a few minutes your sight starts to clear again and the ointment settles into the inner lids. It does still feel greasy though and if you touch near your eye you will find an oily layer on the skin. For this reason it isn't a great idea to wear make up when using this, the oil will remove it and of course it could go into your eye and make matters worse so no slap girls!
The oiliness remains the whole time you are using this ointment and as you apply it morning and night you constantly have a wet looking eye. Not very attractive!
I found the first day it made no difference to my sharply painful lump and I was still squinting alot but by the second day I started to notice a big improvement. The pharmacist told me if it hadn't gone in 3 days to go to my GP so I was hoping to avoid this. By the end of the second day my eye just felt gritty and a little bit achey but the sharpness had gone. By day three it was completely painless and the lump was well on its way to disappearing. The lump itself took a few more days to completely go but the pain didn't return once I stopped using the ointment after day 3. It worked brilliantly for me and got rid of a painful problem quickly.
However, my partner got a cyst in his eyelid and decided to buy some of this but he left it for a week or so before he bought any and it didn't work for him so I would say you have to use it as soon after the onset of problems as possible for it to be effective.
Overall I'm very pleased with this ointment, it may look messy and feel greasy but it does the job in a couple of days if you use it promptly. It's a bit of a waste to have a 5g tube that you only use for a few days though, lots gets wasted because you have to throw it away after 4 weeks. I think it could do with being smaller. That's my only gripe though and as it worked I'm giving it 5 stars.
Summary: Worked for me
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