This year I have started suffering from Hay fever, I have tried to summarise everything that I use and this is the final product that I used for my eyes. My eyes with the hay fever were itchy and as much I tried to avoid rubbing them it did not always happen, once you start you cannot stop and before you know it your eyes are really sore and red. This is when the doctor advised me to try some eyedrops.
In the chemist I came across optrex itchy eye drops they cost £3.79, the liquid contains natural plant extracts and purified water which relieves the irritation that is caused by pollen, pet hair and dust mites, so it covers a range of various allergies. It helps by cleaning the eye surface and removing the particles from your allergy.
The liquid instantly sets to work cleaning the eyes and instantly stopped me from rubbing my eyes and irritating them further.
To use this tilt your head back, make sure it is not tilted too far otherwise it goes everywhere and place a few drops into each eye and they will instantly feel refreshed and a lot more comfortable. I found excess liquid your eye did not want would run out of your eye and also they would appear watery for a few seconds after use, but the more you blink the quicker they return to normal.
This is great to use as it can be used daily, there are no strong medications in the solution so it can be used for as many days as you require, which I found great at the start I applied it hourly and after a few day I was needing the drops less and less.
Overall this was worth every penny, once used regularly this stopped the irritation in my eyes and the want to itch them in the first place. The only disadvantage is that you should disregard this after 28 days, but hopefully by then your allergy has cleared up so it should not be a problem.
I will give this product 4 stars it's great I only took a star off for its short life span once opened.
I have suffered from hay fever since I was a teenager. Although it isn't as bad as some peoples hay fever it is still bad enough that in summer if I don't take medication for it I get symptoms including itchy red eyes which can drive me mad as there is nothing worse than eyes that are constantly itching and of course rubbing them to get a little relief makes them worse in the long run.
I have been buying Optrex allergy drops for years as I think they are great at helping stop the symptoms of hay fever. As well as being suitable for hay fever these are also good for people who suffer other allergies including those who suffer from pet and dust allergies.
It costs £6 and you can't just pick this up in any shop as it needs to be bought from a pharmacist. It contains Sodium Cromoglicate in a 2% concentration. Sodium Cromoglicate is an anti inflammatory and these eye drops are used to treat the symptoms of allergies in the eyes such as red and itchy eyes buy supressing histamine.
There are a complete life saver for me in summer. Although I take an anti-histamine tablet my eyes can still become itchy and sore and these drops really help to soothe and relieve them and stop them from becoming itchy and red in the first place if I am going to be going somewhere that has a high pollen count.
They give my eyes relief straight away from the itchiness but the thing about them that I really like is that they don't just help with soothing the symptoms and instead actually stop them from occurring. If I am good and remember to put the drops in and take my medication before leaving the house then I can go pretty much anywhere in the middle of summer and not suffer for it that evening.
These are used in the same way as other eye drops and you just have to put one or two drops in each eye up to 4 times a day. They do give me a little bit of blurriness to begin with but this soon clears.
The only annoying thing about them that I wish was different is that I can't use them while I have my contacts in so I have to make sure that I have removed them and then leave them out for a little while afterwards which isn't always so practical but because they work so well it is something that I am happy to put up with.
You have to laugh! Barely a shot of sunshine this year, yet I am still sneezing and spluttering and weezing my way through the summer months thanks to Hay fever. Also amongst the delights of the aforementioned condition just happens to be my personal favourite, itchy eyes. Now it does vary in intensity from mild to really believing I can go without eyes, and yes I am being overly dramatic, but it is nice to know that for a smallish fee, there can be some relief in the form of Optrex Allergy Eyes eye drops.
It operates as treatments in the area do, as an anti histamine. The main ingredient is a substance called sodium cromoglicate (19 point word score in Scrabble!!). It stabilises the mast cells which are an important part of the immune system, and ensures they do not over react to the allergens which are prevalent at this time of year.
Applying them can be a little tricky, but once you have done it a few times, you'll get the hang of it. A couple of points to consider though, firstly it will induce a temporary blur, no more than a few seconds, so administering whilst on the move is a no. Secondly, wearers of soft contact lenses should not use this stuff. Apparently, the material in soft contact lenses will absorb the eye drops and cause irritatiion, thereby defeating the object. You should seek medical clearance from your doctor if pregnant or breastfeeding. The label says that there are no known instances of transfer or causing harm, but the makers of the medication won't stick their neck out and confirm it 100% safe.
As with all medicines, it is advisable to check with a pharmacist to make sure combinations of medication will not have any nasty side affects.
The standard bottle will contain about 10ml and set you back around £5 from most pharmacies. You pop 1 or 2 drops, 4 times a day in. Make sure your hands are clean, gently pull your lower eye lid down and tilt your head back and apply. Then do the same for the other eye and after a minute, you are ready to get going. The application is the same for children as adults. There is no drowsiness, but you should discard 28 days after opening and do not store in temperatures above 25C. They can also be used for your standard eye infections also, such as conjunctivitis.
Now so far as medicine goes, I will say that this works for me and that is as far as I will go. I'm sure any hay fever sufferers out there will have all experienced the joy of hearing about how a new tablet has worked so well for a friend. You buy it, you try it and wonder if you would have been better spending the money on Smarties!! It really is trial and error, but I do know at least a couple of people who have enjoyed success, so maybe the odds are in it's favour.
I buy these eye drops every year for hayfever relief. The bottle is a good size and much cheaper than the various allergy eye mists which are available. I think that this provides much better allergy relief than the sprays as it goes directly into your eye where it is needed rather than just being sprayed onto closed eye lids. I have never run out in a summer and had to buy a second one so it is good value for money.
I have found that these drops work well for slight eye irritation but for extremely itchy eyes or sore eyes that have been rubbed, the relief is only for a few moments and then you will feel like you need to do it all over again. However you can put them is as often as needed and are not limited to a certain amount of drops per day.
The only slight issue I have is that the drops that come out can be quite big so when you blink afterwards, it may end up running down your face. So if you put drops in in the morning, make sure you do if before putting any make-up on or you will just make a mess. Some people may find these drops difficult to use as it's a natural reaction to blink when you see it coming towards your eye but it definitely gets easier with practice. I find it easier to tip my head back and look at the ceiling when doing it but I know that other people have to always do it in front of a mirror or they miss.
If you have an allergy, I would definitely recommend giving this a try as it may be just the thing you have been looking for.
~ THE EYE DROPS ~
The eye drops are made by Optrex and are specifically for allergies such as hay fever, house mites and other particles such as pet hairs. The drops are aimed at treating itchy, watery eyes which are normally cause by allergies. Allergies occur when allergens come into contact with sensitive eyes. When this happens, a number of chemicals are released from special cells in the covering of the eye, making them itchy, red and watery. For the past 2-3 days I have been suffering from itchy, watery and puffy eyes, as well as a runny nose and lots of sneezing. This is a typical sign of an allergy and is most likely to be hay fever which I seem to suffer from every year. My eyes were getting sore from itching them, not to mention very puffy and red from where I was rubbing them. I went to my local chemist and they recommend these eye drops.
~ PRICE/AVALIABILITY ~
I purchased these from my local pharmacy for £5.99. This is for a 10ml bottle of eye drops, which is the only size the eye drops are available in. In each bottle there is approximately 250 drops. You can also purchase these from boots for £4.99, how-ever this offer is only on for a short time and then they will go back to the original price of £5.99.
~ PACKAGING ~
The eye drop bottle comes in a small cardboard box which is blue in colour and has Optrex in large letters across the top of it. On the front it states that the product is allergy eye drops and that they soothe & prevent itchy, allergy eyes. There is also a small picture on the front of the box of an eye and some flowers on the eye itself. On one side of the box you will find a list of ingredients and on the back it gives you directions on how to use and store the product. Inside the box you will find the eye drop bottle which is white in colour with a blue label stating the directions for using the product and an expiry date. The bottle has a sealed lid, in which the seal shouldn't be broken until you use the product. Included in the box is a leaflet with information about the eye drops. This again tells you how to use the product and other information such as what you should and shouldn't do when using the eye drops.
~ DIRECTIONS FOR USE ~
Wash and dry your hands before using the eye drops and remove the plastic cap from the eye drop tip. Tilt your head backwards while seated or lying on your back and place the tip of the bottle close to your eye, ensuring that the tip doesn't actually touch your eye. Squeeze the bottle and let one drop fall into the space between the lower eyelid and the eye. Close your eye for a moment and repeat for the other eye. Always replace the cap straight after use.
I always find it easier to put the eye drops in, in front of a mirror. I washed my hands and took the cap off the top of the bottle. I then gently pulled down my lower lid and squeezed the bottle to enable a drop to fall into my eye. I closed my eye for a few seconds and then re-opened it, having to blink a few times. I then repeated the same on the other eye. The eye drops were quite easy to put in, how-ever I sometimes get my boyfriend to do them for me as I find it a lot easier. The eye drops stung my eyes a very tiny amount, how-ever not enough to make me stop using them. The stinging lasted for a few seconds before going and then my eyes felt fine.
~ DOSES ~
Gently squeeze one or two drops into each eye four times a day. These drops are suitable for both adults and children. The medicine should not be used continuously for more than 3 months, without consulting your doctor.
~ DO NOT DO THE FOLLOWING ~
* Allow the tip of the dropper to touch your eye, the skin around your eye or your fingers. This could cause the tip to get infected which could cause an eye infection.
* Don't share the eye drops with anyone else.
* Do not breathe on or touch the tip of the dropper.
* Do not use the eye drops if you have contact lenses in.
~ RESULTS ~
The allergy drops really helped my eyes. Before I used the drops I had very itchy, puffy, red and sore eyes. Since using the drops at the required dose my eyes are no longer itchy and appear to be a lot less puffy and red. The eye drops have worked really well, in fact they have worked a lot better than I thought they would. I am still using the eye drops at the moment, and have been using them for just under 1 week now. I may start to cut down on doses if my eyes don't feel as bad.
~ OVERALL OPINION ~
The eye drops are brilliant at treating itchy, watery or allergy eyes. The drops soothed my eyes the moment I started using them, which I was surprised by as I thought I would have to use them for a few days before noticing a difference. The eye drops may seem a little expensive, how-ever I didn't mind paying this as I know Optrex are a good brand and I wanted something that would actually work first time. I give this product 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to others who are suffering for allergy eyes or hay fever.
~ OTHER INFORMATION ~
* If you are not sure if you have an allergy, or only one eye is infected see a doctor before using the drops as this may not be an allergy.
* Always read the information in the leaflet before using the medicine.
* You may experience some side effects when using this medicine which can include irritated eyes, blurred vision or a stinging sensation. This should only last for a short time.
(review also on ciao)
==Optrex Allergy Eye Drops==
I go through stages of comfort and discomfort with my eyes and I think it all depends on what sort of environment I am in. My most recent complaint with my eyes is that they were ever so itchy and irritated and I put this down to allergens in the atmosphere.
So with this in mind when I was having a spend up in Boots I came across this Optrex Allergy Eye Drops product which claimed to fight against the allergens and combat sore, itchy eyes.
As with most of these sorts of products from branded companies, the small bottle of solution wasn't cheap at £5.99p for a relatively small 10ml bottle. Of course that said a drop in each eye is all that is needed to work so this small bottle does in fact last a good while and the expiry date does give a good year or so to be able to use it all up.
The bottle is easy to use and does have a secure cap that needs breaking the seal on first use and will tighten up so that the fluid inside will not leak out even if carrying it about in your handbag.
It must be said that this product can not be used whilst the user is wearing soft contact lenses and a space of over 2 hours must be left before attempting to put in soft lenses.
This was a bit of a downer for me as I do wear daily disposables but to relieve the sore, itchy eyes I was suffering with I didn't mind too much and found wearing my glasses a little bit of a reliever in itself.
The active ingredient in these Optrex eye drops is 2% Sodium Cromoglicate and along with this ingredient there is the usual sterile fluid which makes up the clear drops.
Using the drops is just as easy as any other but if it's the first time using it does take some practice not to blink when the drop is falling. I find this a doddle now and as soon as the drop hit my eye I felt a wave of cool soothing relief which lasted for a good amount of time after the drop had landed.
I didn't feel the need to itch my eyes for a good couple of hours after application of the drops and when they started to feel slightly irritated again I would then pop another drop into the eye and the relief would be back. To be honest after a few applications for a few days I found my symptoms were gone and my eyes felt back to their usual bright selves and luckily I haven't had to use the drops more than on one more occasion.
For the price I paid I think the drops are very much worth the money for the relief that I got from using them. They actually worked at getting rid of the problem rather than just making the problem with soothing actions. I can highly recommend these drops for people suffering with allergy related itchy and sore eyes and I wouldn't hesitate to buy them again should the need arise.
All in all a top product worthy of a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read
I have a year-round allergy to dust and other small particles, which is exacerbated in the summer by hayfever. I can generally keep things under control with a daily histamine tablet but when the pollen count is high, as has recently been the case, my eyes do tend to get quite itchy, sore and weepy. I know I shouldn't rub them but they do itch a lot and although I try to sit on my hands to prevent me from rubbing them I usually cave in. Although the rubbing helps initially it does leave my eyes sorer than before! It was for this reason I headed to the medicine aisle at my local supermarket to see if I could find some eye drops to help. Whilst browsing I spotted Optrex allergy eye drops which claims to soothe and prevent itchy, allergy eyes. It sounded ideal, though at £6 the price did make me think twice. However Optrex is a brand that I have been using for a number of years and I have always found their products to be of a high quality so I decided to give it a go.
The eye drops come in a light blue and navy box with a picture of a bright yellow sunflower on the front. The enclosed leaflet gives more information about the product. The drops are for treating itchy, watery or allergy eyes caused by hayfever, house mites and pet hair. When these allergens come into contact with sensitive eyes it causes them to release a number of chemicals in the covering of the eye, causing them to become watery and itchy. The active ingredient is 2% sodium cromoglicate, which has anti-inflammatory properties and soothes and relieves without causing drowsiness. This, for me is important, as I want to be able to continue normally with my daily activities.
Before using this product it is important to be sure that the symptoms are caused by an allergy and not something else. You should therefore be diagnosed as having an allergy by a doctor or pharmacist before using these drops. I have had allergies from a very young age, which have been diagnosed, so I could confidently use this product.
Inside the main box is a small bottle containing 10ml of drops. The recommended dose is 1 to 2 drops in each eye 4 times daily. The leaflet states that 10ml is equivalent to around 250 drops, which a quick calculation tells me should last around 31 days. The leaflet states that the drops should be used within 28 days so we get a little extra but sometimes I find that the drop misses my eye and rolls down my face so a few extra drops are useful! A quick word of warning though - if you wear soft contact lenses the drops must not be used whilst they are in.
Before using I wash my hands and pull down my lower eyelid gently. With the other hand I place 2 drops into one eye, close it and blink a few times to allow the liquid to cover my eye. I repeat the process with the second eye. As the drops go in they feel quite cool but as my eyes are irritated they also sting quite a bit. This only lasts for a few seconds before my eyes start to feel a lot calmer and the itchiness starts to subside. Within a few minutes my eyes feel much less irritated. My eyes felt refreshed and the associated redness has also subsided. With repeated use I have found that my eyes are now a lot less itchy and watery. Also the drops don't sting as much when going in which I put down to the drops doing their job. It is recommended that the product is not used continuously for more than 3 months without seeing a doctor.
Overall then I am quite impressed with these drops. They have certainly brought great relief to my eyes. I still think they are a little on the pricey side, for which I have knocked off a star, but as they do a good job I would still buy them again.
Optrex Allergy Drops help to relieve and prevent the redness, watering and itching that's misery for anyone suffering from hayfever, asthma or an allergy to housemites, pet hairs, etc / It helps to protect your eyes by blocking the release of histamines to prevent the allergic reaction taking place / Take Optrex Allergy Drops (as directed) before and throughout the high pollen season, to help avoid hayfever symptoms like itching, watery eyes.