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'Ah how I love summer' - a phrase rarely said by a hay fever sufferer. Or if it is, it is said with determination through a blocked up nose and interrupted by the occasional sneeze. I love summer, but hate hay fever. I have been a victim of hay fever since I was seven where one summer I had a 3 month cold that never seemed to cease and has returned every year since. And so it will come as no surprise when I say that I have tried a lot of products to try and alleviate the symptoms.
I should perhaps begin by saying that I have sensitive eyes and have had lots of problems in the past with eye drops stinging like crazy to the extent I have had to just close my eyes and hope the pain goes away. I am pleased to say that since trying Opticrom, this is not an issue.
I started using these at about the age of 9, which shows how easy they are to apply. As soon as you apply them, the liquid relieves the worst of the symptoms and after a few minutes your eyes will feel noticeably better. Something I feel I should point out is that, if you rub your eyes straight after, the effects will be minimised. Try to avoid rubbing your eyes (almost impossible, I know) to get the full benefit of the drops. As the drops are in such a small bottle, it is very handy to take out and about for instant relief (also easy to lose but maybe that's just me).
These drops can be purchased in a number of stores (Asda, Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy) for prices varying from £3- £5. It is worth shopping around to find the bargains, and I would also say it is worth paying the cost as these have been the best eyedrops for me.
For years I convinced myself the recurrent bouts of red eyes I seemed to get each summer were just coincidental recurring mild eye infections and 'not hay-fever' until last year, when my eyes, again, were red and watery and generally irritated, and I saw a bottle of Opticrom "hay-fever' eyedrops in Sainbury's and a small light bulb must have came on above my head.
After thinking "hmm.. I wonder if this IS actually hay-fever", I thought it was worth buying a pack just to test out the theory- the worse that could happen was nothing- my eyes would still stay red and watery and puffy feeling.
I paid £6.29 for this pack- but this is reasonable as far as eye drops go. As my eyes were getting on my nerves by this time by being irritated bloodshot, I was willing to pay the £6.29.
The product comes in a white plastic bottle, it is security sealed with a tear off plastic sleeve and the outer box also includes an instruction leaflet that reminds you if irritation develops discontinue use and if your symptoms get worse or do not clear up within 7 days you should see a doctor etc.,
These eyedrops are specifically intended for use to relieve the eye symptoms of hay-fever and other allergies. When I first tried these drops, I was hopeful they would stop my eyes being all pink and watery. I applied two drops to each eye and the first thing I noticed was they feel quite dry as if they are reducing the excess water in your eyes. They did not sting the first time I applied the drops. Afterwards I did notice an improvement in my eyes- they were less irritated, but upon some of the subsequent uses I had mixed results.
I would say, one in every four or five times that I used these drops, my eyes stung to the extent I had to close my eyes tightly and wait for the stinging to subside. I am not sure why this happened, it left no lasting redness or any ill-effects, it was just unpleasant. But the other 4/5 times on average of using these drops, this did not happen. So, I cannot say for sure why this is. As a guess, maybe if I use these when my eyes are not 'irritated enough' then they may sting and dry out my eyes. So, now I only use these if my eyes feel really irritated- so their sole purpose is to reduce the excess water and redness in my eyes.
In terms of effectiveness for allergies and hay-fever- if you suffer from any sort of allergy where your eyes are affected - I would most definitely recommend giving these a try to alleviate your symptoms. If you have eye infections, I would say go for drops specifically for infections (Brolene/ Optrex Infected Eyes etc) and if you suffer from Dry and Tired Eyes- then go for drops specifically for dry eyes etc., I think with eye drops, you do have to be specific in buying a product that is intended for a specific problem- I have drawn the conclusion that the times I have used Opticrom when it has stung, my eyes were maybe just tired rather than reacting to hay-fever or allergies.
The pack states: For the Relief of Eye Symptoms of Hay Fever Only. These CANNOT be used by soft contact lense wearers. The bottle should be discarded four weeks after opening and there is a shelf life of approx 12 months for an unopened bottle. The main ingredient is Sodium Cromoglicate 2.0%.
I always get hay fever at this time of year but this year its been really bad, not sneezing so much as problems with my eyes. They have been itchy and red and driving me bonkers. My friend recommended I try Opticrom eye drops, to be honest I had never heard of them but I was so fed up with itchy eyes I bought some.
The eye drops are sold in a little box which is manly blue in colour, It has Opticrom Hay fever eye drops written across two sides of the box where it also informs the customer that these are for the relief of itching, redness, soreness and watering. It also states that the eye drops contain Sodium Cromoglicate. The instructions for use are given on the back of the box along with a couple of precautions.
The box contains an information leaflet which should be read before using the product. This is all clearly set out and easy to read.
The eye drops are in a small white bottle with a screw top cap, the cap has a blue seal around it so you can be sure the eye drops haven't been tampered with, this is easy to remove and the box advises not to use the drops if the seal isn't in place. The bottle has a narrow tapered nozzle making applying the drops easy.
Opticrom should not be used by children under 6 years old, you should also consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The eye drops are not suitable to use when wearing soft contact lenses.
Price and availability
I bought my Opticrom from my local Tesco, a 10ml bottle currently costs £4.50, the usual price is £5.50, Asda have them for £4.00, Boots for £3.99 and waitrose are currently selling Opticrom for £3.82 so it would pay to shop around.
Directions For Use
The eye drops are quite simple to use, tilt your head back, pull the lower eye lid down and squeeze 1 or 2 drops into the lower lid, then close your eye. Wipe away any excess liquid with a clean tissue and that's it!
The first time I put the eye drops in my eyes the cooling effect was instant, I had been suffering from really itchy eyes that were hot and angry, the Opticrom was lovely and soothing and they instantly started to feel better. After a short while the itchiness eased and my eyes felt so much more comfortable. The only down side is I cant use my contacts., as I'm currently not working though that's not too much of a problem. I found I needed to use the Opticrom 4 times a day as the instructions stated.
Luckily my symptoms have eased now so whatever was irritating my eyes is over but I would definitely recommend Opticrom to anyone suffering with hay fever symptoms in their eyes. Its not messy to use, it works quickly and effectively and the relief is virtually instant. I will make sure that from now on I keep a bottle of this in my bathroom cabinet, it was worth every penny I paid for it.
I suffer from awful hayfever and other allergies, not just in the summer, but right through the year. I usually take Beconase Nasal spray to relieve the congestion and wheeziness I get (very rarely have much sneezing) but it didn't really work on my eyes. Then I discovered Opticrom and it is something that I cannot do without when the itching gets bad.
Opticrom comes in a little bottle with a dropper attached and is easy to use. It has an active ingredient called Sodium Cromoglicate 2% w/v, and also contains Benzalkonium Chloride, Disodium Edetate and Water.
To use it all you need to do is gently squeeze 1 or 2 drops into each eye, 4 times a day. I find it easier if I hold my head back, then blink the drop into my eyes. It feels quite cold, but then you can actually feel the itch disappear. The liquid desensitizes the lining of the eyelid, which completely takes away the irritation in seconds. It reduces the soreness (as you aren't constantly scratching at your eyes any more) and they stop watering too. If you space the drops through the day, it will give you total relief from itchy, allergic eyes till bedtime!
Obviously there are a few do's and don'ts:
Always read the leaflet in the box before you use the drops. Do not use whilst wearing soft contact lenses. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you are pregnant, breast feeding or if you require further information. Do not use after date shown on pack. Discard four weeks after opening. Check that the cap seal is not broken before first use. These drops are not intended for use by children under the age of six years.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
See your doctor or pharmacist if there is no improvement after 2 days of use, before using continuously for more than 14 days, and if symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
These drops will not cure conditions such as conjunctivitis, they are purely for allergic eye reactions.
Do not store above 30°C. Keep out of direct sunlight.
Keep out of reach and sight of children.
Do not ingest liquid.
For me, these are a must-have. They keep my eyes from becoming sore in summer and also in winter when the Christmas trees are about.
If you suffer from allergic itchy eyes and haven't tried Opticrom, please consider doing so. It really will give you instant relief!
My mum bought these for me when I was younger as my heyfever would kill my eyes in the summer. I've found them to be useful all year round, and although I've tried and tested different eye drops, always ended up using these when it's been really bad!
They're not cheap; I think I paid around £3 for my last lot (if you can find them any cheaper, tell me!!) but they do last me quite a while. I hate putting things in my eye, so that may be why haha! This product comes in a small white bottle (the usual for eye-drops) with 'Opticrom' written on the label, enclosed in a pale blue cardboard box with yellow writing describing the product and its name.
I don't think I can go into much more detail than 'use as any other eye drops'; you can't see the liquid before it hits your eye, and there's no way of knowing when it's empty, but it does do its job well and as I have very severe heyfever during the summer (bad during the winter too!) it really is a big help to me.
Other than how well it works and how handy it is in its small bottle, I can't tell you anything more except 'well worth it, but if you can find it cheaper then go for it!'
My eyes used to water so much during the summer months that I'd even wear sun glasses in the house to try to stop the pollen reaching my eyes! I feel a bit daft admitting that but I want to try to explain just how wonderful these eye drops really are!
Optrex allergy eye drops can be used to relieve the symptoms of any eye reaction to an allergen (such as itching, watering or redness). They are great; I tend to use them on a high pollen day. The eye drops are easy to apply, pulling down the lower eye lid and squeezing one or two drops into the lower eye lid. The product can only be bought in a pharmacy.
I keep my bottle in the fridge - I'm sure there are people who would protest but it extends the throw out date on the bottle (reducing the growth of any possible bacteria on the bottle nozzle) and therefore reduces the amount I have to spend on anti-allergy products! Using these drops has completely stopped the watery and red eyes I suffer from all summer - I don't even wear sun glasses indoors now!
I was originally prescribe Opticrom by my GP about 10 years ago when I suffered from an eye infection which was bought on by an allergy to nail resin. It didnt help at the time that I had only recently qualified as a nail technician, so was a little annoyed to say the least.
Opticrom is a clear colourless allergy eye drop that comes in a 5ml bottle. It contains the active ingredient Sodium Cromoglicate 2.0% w/v which provides soothing relief for itchy allergy eyes.
The bottle is only small but I have found that it does last a long time, if your more of a regular user Opticrom is available to buy in a 10ml bottle as well.
Wash hands before use, remove cap and tilt your head back.
1 or 2 drops into each eye 4 times daily or as directed by your Doctor.
Close your eye and wipe away any excess liquid with a clean tissue.
Do not use this product if you are sensitive to any of the ingredients. These include, Benzalkonium chloride, Disodium ededate & purified water.
Soft contacts should not be worn whilst using this product.
I found Opticrom to be a life saver when I had my eye infection years back. My eyes were extremely sore and irritable and I had difficulty focussing properly. Opticrom did a great job and is very easy to use and does not irritate your eyes further. I havent had an eye infection for a long time now as I avoid nail resin but I do on occasion suffer from hayfever so recently I bought another bottle of Opticrom to see me through my hayfever period.
Anyone who suffers from hayfever or just gritty eyes from tiredness should definitely try Opticrom. I find it very soothing almost instantly would definitely recommend it.
I bought mine from Chemist Direct for £2.99 but it can also be bought from Amazon or any other chemists for around the same price.
These eye-drops, I have to say, are my summertime lifesaver. Having just used them 5 minutes ago, I am now back in front of the laptop & can once again see the screen without squinting through teary eyes....
I've had hayfever for many years now. I've tried all the tablets & the nasal sprays, but nothing can effectively control all my symptoms. I find the itchy watery eyes unbearable sometimes & so have to use eye drops in addition to the tablets. I've tried several brands of eye drops recommended by my GP, & these are by far the best. I was in fact allergic to some of the other brands, so my symptoms got worse instead of better...!
Opticrom drops are recommended for use 4 times a day, with 1 or 2 drops into each eye at a time. I find them most effective just used as & when I actually need them. Often this can be more than 4 times a day, but I haven't suffered any adverse effects (so far!) from doing this. If I can, I'll try getting away with using only 1 drop in each eye. You can soon feel the drops soothing your eyes after using them, so soon get to know whether or not you'll need the second drop. Sometimes they can cause pain in your eye, but this is very brief & well worth putting up with for the soothing effect that follows.
The active ingredient is Sodium Cromoglicate, 2%. Other ingredients are benzalkonium chloride, disodium edetate & purified water. The drops are not to be used in conjunction with soft contact lenses. Opened bottles should be discarded after 28 days.
Since I'm on free maternity prescriptions, I've been getting the drops on prescription this year, but I usually buy them over the counter. Boots do their own version which is around £1 cheaper.
Just need to find something as effective for my nose now.....atchooo!....
(Also published on ciao under the same name).
I know that the hay fever peak season seems a long way off at the moment with the current temperatures low enough to freeze my windscreen every morning but Opticrom is an excellent product for treating other eye inflammations as well although like most people I tend to use it most of the time to treat hay fever.
Opicrom contains Sodium Cromoglicate and is an excellent eye drop for providing relief for itchy eyes caused by allergic reactions to pollen or dust. It comes in either a small 5ml or 10ml size bottles which are clear plastic and a screw top lid. Inside there is an eye drop aperture for allowing the drops to fall from and this is very effective as only a small amount f liquid comes out at any one time.
I tend to find that I need a couple of drops in each eye in the morning when I know that the pollen will be bad and combined with other treatment that I use it is very effective and preventing any itching. You have to blink rapidly to get the solution spread around the eye and it just feels like water drops and is dourless.
On the box it recommends repeatiung it four times a day however I find that it is effective with only one treatment for me unless I do any gardening or cleaning in a dusty room then I might need a top up.
This is a really effective product that is available over the counter, it should not be used in conjunction with soft contact lenses.
It`s coming to the time of year that all hayfever suffer`s dont like and being a hayfever sufferer myself I am planning on heading to the GP to get my usual hayfever medication which includes Opticrom eyedrops, Rhinocourt nasal spray and Triludan tablets.
Without the Opticrom eyedrops I dont know what I would do during the summer months, they are absolutely execellent.
What are the drops used for?
Opticrom eyedrops are used for eye allergies, hayfever, dust mites and pet hairs. Opticrom is available both on prescription and over the counter at most chemists. (not sure of the price as I get mine on prescription)
Opticrom eyedrops come either in 5ml (125 drops) or 10ml (250 drops) bottles it is used to give relief to itchy, red puffy eyes.
The box is small and is blue and white in colour, with opticrom wrote on the front of the packaging in white lettering, included in the box is the eyedrops and instruction on how to use.
Some of the ingredients include:
Sodium cromoglyrate BP 2.0%
How to use the eyedrops
Use 1 - 2 drops in each eye per day
Use a mirror to help you see what you are doing
Pull lower eyelid down and them carefully place 1 or 2 drops inside your eyelid
Close your eye and blink a few times to make sure your eye is covered.
Repeat this process on the other eye
You might feel a stinging sensation in your eyes, but this should only last for a short time, if it persists contact your GP.
Every year without fail I use these drops and they are excellent, they provide quick relief from the usual hayfever symptoms, the only bad point is that it is slightly awkward putting eyedrops in yourself but it is well worth it, I would highly recommend these to all hayfever sufferers
If my mother had taken out shares in Kleenex tissues when I was a child, she’d probably be a millionaire by now! I have suffered with allergies all my life, particularly hayfever, rhinitis and a reaction to house dust mite. For years I suffered in silence – well not actually silence, more like a fanfare of trumpets from constant nose blowing. Then the doctors started giving me anti histamine tablets, followed by nasal sprays. These did work, but the nasal sprays had to be taken regularly, and the tablets took a while to work. A particular problem was the snot that would pour forth after having a bath/shower. This is very annoying when you are 18 and going out for the evening (or on the prowl at any age for that matter). Instead of perfect make-up you end up with a Rudolph nose and two red tram lines below your nose – lovely! I seemed to be allergic to something in the bath. It turned out that anything getting in my eye that contained any perfume would set me off, so this included shampoo, conditioner, or even the bath/shower water iteslf due to the bubble bath or shower gel. Other allergens for the eyes include pollen, house dust mites and pet hair/saliva which can make sensitive eyes itchy, red, sore, puffy and/or watery. I have only recently discovered that many of my allergic reactions is actually due to my eyes and not my nose and I discovered this when I started using Opticrom eye drops – my little miracle, which has made my life so much better. The instructions in the box give a very good explanation about whether your irritated eyes are due to allergies. You probably have allergic eyes if: Both eyes are affected You have a runny nose or blocked nose as well Your eyesight is not affected You cannot be sure if you are suffering from allergic eyes and should go and see you doctor if you have: No nose symptoms Only one eye is affected Your sight is affected. Opticrom allergy eye drops are simply brilliant. You drop one or two drops in each eye up to 4 times a day. You should wash your hands before using the drops and have a tissue handy to catch any dribbles (titter!). If it helps, use a mirror to see what you are doing. The instructions say to pull your lower eyelid down gently and then place the drop in the ‘pouch’ this creates. Personally, I just tip my head back and squeeze two drops, which land wherever. Close your eye and blink a few times to move the liquid around the eye. I do find that my eyes feel a bit odd for a few seconds and the sight is affected for up to a minute, but once this has worn off I get absolutely immediate relief. My eyes stop stinging/itching straight away and within a few minutes I have stopped sneezing and my nose has stopped running. You have to catch it early though to be immediately effective. You can buy them from your pharmacist ands they cost about £3.99 for a bottle. The drops come in a 10 ml white bottle with a blue label. This is in a blue box, which contains the instructions. They have a shelf life of 2 years but all unused liquid should be thrown away 4 weeks after opening. Opticrom eye drops can be used on children and must not be applied within 2 hours of using any other eye drops or ointment. The instructions contain all the usual warnings about discontinuing use if there are any problems or if you are allergic to any of the listed ingredients. I believe that their main downfall is that they cannot be used by anyone wearing soft contact lenses. Think about how many millions of people this excludes – maybe a future marketing idea. It also says that you should not use these eye drops for more than 3 months without talking to your doctor. When I speak to mine he just confirms that I have allergies and tells me to continue using the drops if they help. My miracle drops have certainly helped me. I take far le
ss tablets than I used to, which has got to be a good thing. Kleenex may shortly go out of business if I keep in taking these eye drops. Maybe it’s a good thing that my mum hasn’t got any shares after all.
Opticrom Allergy Eye Drops are for the relief and treatment of allergic red, watery, itchy and puffy eyes caused by hayfever, house mites and other particles e.g / pet hairs / Allergic eyes happen when allergens come into contact with sensitive eyes / When t