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I do suffer from time to time from sore and irritated eyes which is probably due to the fact that I spend the majority of the day looking at a 12 inch screen both at work and home. I have always used Optrex products as they are a well known and trusted brand and have always worked for me. I last bought this Optrex eye wash from a small local chemist as it was on offer for £2.99. You can pay as much as £6.50 however you can usually get it cheaper online and Lloyds Chemist are currently selling it for £4.29.
Optrex claim that this eye wash in addition to washing foreign bodies out of your eyes it has also been designed to tackle the effects of age and modern day living such as prolonged computer work or driving. It has a natural PH balance and the main ingredients are witch hazel and purified water so it is very gentle on your eyes and provides moisture and relief for tired and irritated eyes. It is also suitable for contact lens wearers however you should wait for fifteen minutes after use before putting in your contact lenses and not to use it while you are wearing your lenses.
It comes in a box which contains the 300ml glass bottle and a blue plastic eye bath which has a soft rubber rim around the edge which is designed to form a seal on your face when you press it against your skin. On occasions this has worked but quite often I have had leaks where the liquid will escape and run down my face but as I now anticipate this happening I will always have a face flannel or small towel handy to mop up and as the liquid is clear it doesn't mark or stain any clothing. Optrex advise you to fill the eye bath up to one third which is easy to measure as there are markings on the eye bath. You then bend your head forwards and press the eye bath onto your eye and then rock your head gently from side to side for a minimum of thirty seconds.
Obviously I will use this if I have something in my eye but more often I will use it to refresh and revive my eyes, and find it particularly useful if I have been around air conditioning for a long time as this really seems to make my eyes dry and sore. I have also used it when I have been out gardening for some time as my eyes can sometimes feel a bit gritty. The relief is instant and I can feel that my eyes are refreshed and they also look a bit sparkling and bright.
This eye wash is supposed to only last 28 days from when you break the seal, however I have kept mine for far longer than this and have found it to work just as well, but this will be down to the individuals choice as to how strictly you want to keep to the instructions on the box. When I have finished using the eye bath I will rinse it with hot water as it is usually only me that uses it but I would say that if you have an eye infection or someone else will be using it to sterilize it before use.
I think this is a very useful staple for your medicine cupboard as if you do have something in your eye it can be very painful and you may not be able to see it to remove it with your fingers. I think it is expensive at £6.50 but if you look round and can get it for a cheaper price like I did it is worth buying and keeping in.
When I mentioned to my midwife that I was suffering a bit with dry eyes which was making my vision a little distorted, she said that changes to the eyes are quite common in pregnancy, and recommended that I try to take regular breaks from my computer and give them a bit of a treat with some Optrex eye wash.
The eye wash comes with an eye bath, and retails at £6.69 for 300ml in Boots. It washes, soothes and cleanses tired, irritated and uncomfortable eyes, so is ideal for people who wear contact lenses, or if you suffer with dry eyes particularly after prolonged periods in front a computer. As it only contains witch hazel and purified water, it's a natural remedy which gives peace of mind that you're not putting anything highly chemical near your eyes!
The wash is easy to use in theory - you just use the eye bath to pour the wash into, then try to create a vacuum so that you can tip your head back and bathe your eye without spilling any down the side of your face. I never seem to manage this and always end up with the solution running down my cheek which is a horrible feeling but I try to ignore it so that I can bathe my eye for the recommended 30 seconds. You should empty the bath and re-fill it for the other eye, to avoid cross-contamination, and if anyone else is to use the same eye bath they recommend sterilising it with boiling water.
I do find this solution really refreshing and it always makes my eyes feel well cared for. If my eyes are feeling dry, this gives a bit of moisture back to the surface of the eye, and helps me focus more easily than when I'm constantly blinking and my vision sometimes suffers. It isn't the most pleasant sensation in use, as I hate getting water near or in my eye, but it does feel cooling and refreshing so I just have to throw caution to the wind and go with it. The only downside for me is that it can be a bit messy, as the shape of the eye bath isn't quite designed to create a vacuum around the eye (unless my eyes are a strange shape?!) so I always end up with some of the solution dribbling down my face which isn't the most pleasant feeling. I also think it's quite expensive for what it is, as it doesn't really contain lots of complicated ingredients.
The manufacturers recommend not to use this eye wash within 15 minutes of wearing contact lenses, or whilst they are still in your eye. Other than that it's perfectly safe for anyone to use as it's basically purified water with a bit of witch hazel in it. I would recommend this to anyone suffering from sore or dry eyes, as it does provide a bit of relief and make you feel more comfortable.
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Item: Optrex Eye Bath
Bought in: Superdrug
Another handy item I have in the first aid kit.
Packaging: There are 3 bits to this kit (box, eye bath and bottle) so I will go in to detail on each of them.
THE BOX - the box is shades of blue with Optrex written across the top of the box and across the top of each side. The words "Multi Action Eye Wash. For tired, uncomfortable, irritated eyes" are across the front of the box as well as "Washes, soothes and cleanses. With flexiseal eye bath". This is a useful amount of information and if you were simply browsing the eye care section and didn't know about eye baths this would help you decide if you needed one. The top of the box has the expiration date on it and this is for Nov 2015, I bought this eye bath to replace the last one this month so the bath seems to have at least a 2 year shelf life. Although it has to be used or discarded 28 days after using but I will get more in to that later on. One side of the box has details of the ingredients, how to store and explains that the eye bath is specially designed with a "flexiseal" that fits "comfortably against the eye to help prevent leakage". The back of the box advises how to use this product if you are a contact lense wearer. The other side of the box gives you exact instructions on how to use the eye bath with supporting cartoon diagram, which is a clever idea because if you don't read the box until you have something in your eye you might have blurred vision or may be in a hurry so the visual instructions really could help. The only negative I will say about the box is that it is made of really quite thin cardboard and when considering how heavy the glass bottle is inside it feels like it could fall through so I have always lifted this very carefully.
THE BOTTLE - this is made of glass and is clear. The label around the bottle is the same colours of blue as the box and there is similar information across the label, advising of the ingredients and directions for use. The lid is white plastic and has grooves on it so can be gripped easily. The lid also has a seal that cracks open once it is opened for the first time so you can tell if it has been opened. The bottle is heavy as it is glass and when you try to get it out the box it can be quite tricky, best to tip the box on it's side and slide the bottle out in to your cupped hand as the eye bath is on the top of the bottle so it is hard to get a good grip to pull out of the box.
THE EYE BATH - is made of pale blue plastic and has a thin blue rubber rim that makes it soft to the touch when you press it up to your eye socket, this is the flexiseal part of the design. The part of the eye bath that touches your eye socket is 4cm x 3.5cm. I have quite small features so it does fell as if it takes up a big portion of my face but when my OH used his he said it felt fine so I guess that is a size that will fit a few different face shapes.
Directions for use:
You are advised to fill the eye bath to a third full (there are grooves on the eye bath so it is easy to work out where to fill it to). Bend your head forward and while holding the eye bath at its base you should place the eye bath over your eye. Once the eye bath is over your eye you need to return your head to the upright position and open your eye so that the wash flows over your eye. You need to rock your head back and forth so that the eye wash swirls about in the eye bath and can literally wash over your eye ball. It doesn't say to do this part but once I feel that my eye is clear I tip my head forward again and remove the eye bath in that position, otherwise the eye wash pours all over you. I also try to do this all over the sink in case of any spillages. The solution is clear and has a slightly salty smell but nothing overpowering and doesn't distract you when using it.
I find that when I use the eye bath I can clear my eye out and feel a sense of relief if I have been trying to get something out of my eye. For the most part I have used this eye bath if I have been wearing glittery eye shadow and a piece has gone in my eye that I can't get to or if I have been out in a dusty environment and my eyes feel gritty. I don't actually really see anything come out of my eye and in to the wash but I do feel like it has been washed away. I usually have to blow my nose soon after using the eye bath and I suspect that the bit of grit or glitter comes out of my eye through there, after being washed backwards in to my throat/nasal passage.
Highs and lows with this product:
First with the highs, this is a really good piece of first aid kit, if you get something in your eye at home and can wash it out straight away this is really going to stop any excess scratching and irritation. At £3.79 I find this to be a reasonable price and out of the 100ml bottle you can get around 6 uses out of it, dependant on how many "rinses" you need to do each time. The eye bath is comfortable and gives you a secure attachment to your face and allows you to swirl the eye wash about for a good clean out.
The lows are that the box is quite flimsy so I feel nervous lifting it knowing there is a heavy glass bottle inside. The bottle being glass is also a bit of a low. Although it is good to be able to see through the bottle the same could be achieved using a plastic bottle. The glass bottle just doesn't seem sensible considering you are going to be likely to be using it when you have something in your eye and therefore more likely to drop things (or at least I am). The other low is that after opening it you can only keep it for 28 days, so if you use it the way I do and tend to only need it every now and then I sometimes only get 2 uses out of the bottle.
Overall though I think this is a good product at a reasonable price that will help remove any irritating particles. 5 stars are sill given as the lows are all things that I would prefer not to be there but they don't actually stop the product working well. I have used it in the past and have already replaced this when it has run out so fully recommend it.
I am reviewing Optrex eye wash and eye bath
THE PRODUCT .............
Optrex eye wash is purchased in a largish green box , with the word OPTREX in a blue cartouche , and the words " eye wash " underneath .It also imforms you that it comes with a seperate eyebath , this is good because I have had other eye washes which dont contain an eye bath . I have tried using other items such as an egg cup to administer eye wash ,but they dont work as good as the proper eye bath. There is a pic of the eye bath on the front .
I cant remember what I paid for this ,but a similar ,more up to date version is on the Tesco website for £3.50p
Inside the box you will find a clear glass bottle with the eye wash inside ,this has a green eye bath over the screw on lid .
The bottle contains 110 ml ,so is quite a good size.
I like the clear glass bottle as I can see when I need a replacement .It is also easy to hold as it is quite a chunky design .
I often have really tired and strained eyes,I have worn glasses since I was a child and sometimes I find my eyes need a little cheering up ,this eye wash really perks them up .It really makes my eyes feel clearer and adds extra sparkle to them.
I use it when my eyes are really tired ,especially after too much television viewing .
Sometimes being on my computer makes my eyes really achey ,so I will refresh my eyes with the product especially if I am going out in the evening
How to use this eye wash ...........
Optrex Multi Action Eye Wash comes with a single eye bath for application.
Ensure your hands are clean and dry and the bottle's seal is intact.
Open the screw top .
Firstly pour the wash into the eye bath until it's about a third full. Bend your head forward, holding the eye bath by its base. Place the eye bath over your eye and slowly raise your head with your eye open, so the eye wash flows into it. Gently rock your head from side to side for at least 30 seconds. I really dont like opening my eyes ,but with practice anything is possible .I find this extremely difficult to get right ,sometimes the eye wash dribbles down my face, looks like I have been having a good cry.
If the eye bath is likely to be used by more than one person it is a sensible precaution to sterilize it by boiling it in water.
Sometimes my Husband uses this product ,he gets itchy eyes sometimes and this helps him .
Optrex Multi Action Eye Wash is suitable for everyday use.
Witch Hazel, Purified Water ,so not much really
Optrex eye wash can be stored for 3 months after first opening .
MY OPINION .................
I really think this is a great product if you have really tired or strained eyes .I am giving it 4 stars ,I,m taking one star off because I dont really like doing the eye wash thingy ,I would much prefer to put drops in my eyes instead .
I would recommend as it does do its job really good though ,i just as long as you dont mind opening your eyes in the eye bath .
I would buy again as Optrex eye wash does exactlywhat it says it does on the box .
Optrex Eye wash:
300ml bottle of eye wash
Directions of use:
Wash the eye bath out before using it then fill it 1/3rd full.
Place it over your eye (tip your head forward to meet the bath) and then tip your head back.
Keep your eye open when washing it out to let the wash clean round your eyes.
When to use:
Irritated, uncomfortable, tired, dry eyes can benefit immensly from this eye wash.
It also works well if you have rubbed your eyes after cooking with onions, garlic, chilli's etc.
If you have something in your eye which is starting to hurt, use it then also.
If you've been in a situation where smoke has attacked your eyes, clean them with this eye wash.
Store it below 25 degrees.
Discard after 3months of opening.
Clean the eye bath is other people intend on using it too. Sterilize it in hot water.
When I purchased Optrex eye wash, I was buying it because I always get things in my eyes.
I'm a magnet to getting flies, grit, sand etc in my eyes at least once a day.
I've used half the bottle of this already and it's been 2 months.
I bought the bigger bottle as I thought it better value than the smaller in terms of cost.
It comes with a small plastic eye bath which is small and just the right size to fit snuggly around your eye socket.
Make sure to have towels or flannels avaliable when your using this as you do tend to get a bit wet!
My first ever use was due to an eyelash which was scratching my eye and it was really irritated so I bathed my eye in the wash and it got the eye lash out.
Around 20 minutes later, my eye had stopped itching and wasn't making my eyes stream anymore.
I really think it is worth buying this if your eyes can get irritable.
A lot of people who wear contact lenses can get irritable dry eyes, and this wash will help to refresh as well as sort out
whatever was causing it to be irritated.
The price is rather a lot for something that won't get used regularly but if like me, you do get irritated eyes quite often
then this is the product for you.
thanks for reading.
Over the winter months, as soon as I get a cold (which tends to last the whole winter!), I start suffering from itchy sore eyes which really do feel so uncomfortable. I never tend to suffer with this problem over the summer, but over the winter it really becomes an issue for me and I've tried various lotions and potions to try to find something which relieves the problem a little. To be honest, many of the eye wash solutions I've tried have helped a little - and one of these solutions I've used is the Optrex Eye Wash and Eye Bath which does help a little. A 300ml bottle costs £6.59 from Boots and this comes complete with the eye wash. As I use about 5mls of the eye wash every time I rinse my eyes, this bottle lasts me about a two weeks at a time and so it's not a bad price really.
The details on the box tells me that the solution is made out of distilled water with natural plant extracts and that it is balanced to reflect the normal pH of the eye - meaning that it is non-irritating and gentle on the eye. The eye bath is a little plastic pot which can be stored on top of the bottle and which can be used to pour the solution into so that you can bathe your eye. It is not sterile, but having spoken to the pharmacist, there is no need to sterilise the eye bath when it's in used - as long as it's kept socially clean. As I said, I use about 5mls of the solution each time - which I pour into the eyebath and then bring this to my eye and try to keep my eye open as I swill the solution onto the surface of my eye. I have to admit that I am a little bit squemish about putting anything in my eye, but actually the solution feels immediately cooling, refreshing and soothing and so it's not an unpleasant experience at all. I try to swill it onto the surface of my eye for about 30 seconds - and usually this length of time feels about right. I then change the solution before doing my other eye.
I find the solution does help and make my eyes feel less tired and scratchy. If my eyes are feeling 10/10 for being uncomfortable before using the Optrex Eye Wash and Eye Bath then it probably reduces to about 5/10 afterwards - and so this is a significant improvement, although clearly it doesn't alleviate all of the symptoms. I find each wash lasts about 6 hours - so then I repeat if necessary.
Overall, I would recommend using Optrex Eye Wash and Eye Bath if you have tired or irritated eyes.....I think it will help.
As I have mentioned in previous eye care reviews I suffer from dry eyes and my preferred choice of treatment is a gel based product called Viscotears. Though I also use eye drops I also like to keep an eye wash stocked in my bathroom cupboard though this is more for use by my husband as it's his preference of eye care.
Though there is a plethora of eye wash brands on the market, as with eye drops, I always seem to be drawn towards the likes of Optrex as I feel it's a company that is to be trusted in the field of eye care.
When I bought some Optrex eye drops recently (see separate review) I also picked up an eye wash on the request of my husband as he works in heavy engineering and often uses eye washes (he likes to be able to completely wash the eye area out if he gets something in his eye as opposed to using drops).
As this eye wash was positioned directly next to the eye drops I purchased I didn't have to hunt far and popped this product in my basket and headed towards the till..
The eye bath comes presented in a 300 ml sized bottle costing anywhere in the region of £6. I paid £5.99 from Superdrug so after a quick look online the price for this size seems to be the current rate. The product is made up of distilled water and natural plant extracts and as usual I will not be listing the entire ingredients as this kind of relevant information can be sought out in the accompanying leaflet situated amongst the packaging.
The directions are pretty straight forward and basically you bathe your eye with said product to wash out any particles or just simply refresh the eye area.
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
I won't drone on too much here as I've already said that this comes in a 300 ml size (though other sizes are available) and costs in the region of £6. The wash comes housed in a clear glass bottle which is upright standing and has a screw top lid placed directly on top. Apart from the word 'Optrex' emblazoned on the front in an embossed manner the bottle is pretty much a simplistic affair, but because the glass is clear the contents are clearly visible which I do like as it's easier to see what amount has been used/ is leftover.
Included amongst the contents is a very useful eye bath which is a very handy product as it can be kept for using at any time with just water if need be. The eye bath is made from plastic and is a deep green/turquoise which is curved to fit the eye contour. All this is presented in a sturdy cardboard box which is predominantly green and quite eye catching when on the shelves so is easy to spot.
This product is available from chemists and most stores that sell eye care treatments.
*~*My experience of using this*~*
On opening the box and removing the bottle it is advised to check that the seal is still intact underneath the lid. Once I discovered that it was I proceeded to remove said seal and filled the eye bath up to the designated line which is approximately 3/4 of the bath. Scent wise it's hard to describe though not unpleasant it's not exactly enticing either unless of course you love the smell of witch hazel that is..
Once the bath is adequately filled you are to required tip the head forward and cover the eye socket to form an air tight seal and gently sway the head back and forth whilst keeping the 'sealed' eye open. Personally I never seem to succeed in doing this without spilling at least a little and find it not the best option for me preferring eye drops!
Once you have swilled this around the eye/s for approximately 30 seconds it can be then thrown away and I find doing this near to my bathroom sink the easiest option.
I tend to only use the eye wash if I feel there is something irritating my eye/s as I feel it works incredibly well at thoroughly cleansing the entire eye and can see why my hubby favours it. Whereas drops are easier to administer I do feel that the eye wash is far more thorough and it is something that has become a staple in my household over the years.
After I have rinsed my eyes with this wash there is no denying that this certainly works in the fact that my eyes instantly feel refreshed and revitalised. My eyes feel fresh and rejuvenated and this is especially effective after a long day if my eyes are feeling particularly tired or I have been in a dry atmosphere for a long period of time. What I do like about this product is if I do have any foreign objects in my eye such as dust or a stray eyelash for example then it is removed almost immediately in the solution and my eyes feel 'clean' and soothed.
I do like the eye wash as it is an easy product to use and such a handy thing to keep in the medicine cabinet for those eye emergencies or to simply refresh tired/ sore eyes.
The only thing that I'm not overly keen on is the fact there always tends to be some spillage no matter how careful I am. Though it's only distilled water at the end of the day it's still unpleasant when it drips down wetting clothes so given the choice I would opt for drops any day of the week.
As that is the only 'negative' I can find I think it still warrants the full 5 stars so gets the thumbs up from me and as mentioned my husband prefers this to drops so we constantly have a bottle of this in.
I have recently been suffering from tired and itchy eyes. I don't get much sleep as my 6 month old daughter is teething and I occasionally suffer from insomnia which makes matters worse! I have used Optrex eye wash in the past and I had forgotten how good it actually is. A bottle of the wash costs £3 for 100ml from Asda, you can also get it from pharmacies and other supermarkets.
The wash comes in a transparent glass bottle, you also get a flexible eye bath to use with the wash. The wash has multiple uses it can be used to wash the eyes and provide relief if your eyes have been irritated by grit, dust or smoke. It can also be used to replenish and replace moisture for tired and uncomfortable eyes caused by day to day living, so things like looking at a computer all day, wearing contact lenses, tiredness and being in a polluted environment.
The wash is straightforward to use you are advised to make sure you have clean hands before you start. You need to fill the eye bath around 1/3 full with the wash and then tilt your head forward and place the bath over the eye, you then need to raise your head back up and open your eye to allow the wash to cover the surface of your eye, you then need to rock your head back and forward gently for about 30 seconds. Once you have finished you simply pour the remaining wash down the sink and then rinse the bath out. You then repeat the same process for the other eye.
The bath that comes with the wash is made from a flexible plastic, it fits perfectly around the eye and as it is bendy no liquid should escape if it is held in the right position. The bath is easy to use, it would be well suited to those who don't like eye drops.
As soon as the liquid washed over my eye it felt soothing and cooling. the wash contains witch hazel which is known for it's cooling and mild astringent actions. After using this my eyes felt cooled and relieved. It lasted a few hours, of course it's not as good as getting a decent nights sleep! It also releaved puffiness under my eyes better than any creams I have tried!
The wash is gentle enough to be used everyday and once opened can be kept for up to 3 months. It is also recommended that if more than one person is using the bath you steralise it in hot water for 10 minutes to avoid the risk of infection transferring.
I would definately buy this again it is an essential in my bathroom.
==Optrex Eye Wash With Eye Bath==
My eyes are very important to me and so they should be really considering all they do. I suffer quite badly with sore and dry eyes and I put this done mostly to wearing contact lenses and sitting for hours and hours at a computer screen. Not good for healthy eyes.
I am always buying eye drops and lubricants but another item that my bathroom cabinet is never without is this eye wash and bath. Its a product I always remember my dad using as he too suffered with sore eyes a fair bit and I have known this product and this brand a good many years.
For a box of Optrex Eye Wash and Eye Bath you will expect to pay around the £6 to £7 region but this is well worth it as the product does last a good deal of time. Its available in a lot of chemist and sites online but I always stick to getting mine from Boots as I know its always going to be there and I can get it slightly cheaper by using my discount card. I haven't' seen a lot of competition when it comes to store brands doing there own one of these but I guess if you looked hard enough you would probably find one. However this product is well worth paying that little extra for because both the solution and the little plastic eye bath you get are so very good.
The basic idea of the product is that the solution washes and soothes your eyes with the natural plant extracts and distilled water that the wash is made up from. The product comes housed within an outer cardboard box which is strong enough to hold the glass bottle inside well and give you all the necessary information on use of the product, ingredients and the like. Inside the box you get a large 300 ml clear glass bottle and a small plastic eye shape cup item. The glass bottle has Optrex embossed on the top rim and there is a plastic screw cap which has a seal that needs to be broken on first opening so you know that it hasn't been opened before. As far as the bottle goes it is a straight up and down one that stands well in my bathroom cabinet without much chance of being knocked over and the clear glass allows you to see how much of the product is left inside so it is a good design.
The directions for use are also printed on the label on the bottle as well as being on the cardboard box which I threw out when I first opened the eye wash. These directions are easy to follow and are the same for adults and children alike. It is worth noting however that this solution should not be used when wearing contact lenses or just before you are going to wear them so I will often use it at night before I go to bed.
When using the eye bath you always need to rinse it out before use and then when you pour the wash into the bath you only fill it to the little line that is shown inside the bath so as not to use too much or too little, this is about 1/3rd of the little cup. You need to then bend your head slightly forward holding the eye bath by its base then slowly place the bath over the eye. You have to slowly raise your head, opening your eye so the wash flows freely over it. Once in place you then gently rock your head from side to side for at least 30 seconds and the wash is complete! Get rid of any left over solution that is left in the eye bath and then repeat this for the other eye. It takes some perfecting but once I got the hang of it, it becomes second nature.
As soon as I get the eye bath over my eye with the solution in, my eyes feel cooler and a lot more refreshed. The days irritation are soon washed away and although I make a bit of mess it is well worth it to get the clean and revitalised feeling I get when using his product. After several times of practising using it I find it simple to use and really beneficial. The only trouble I find it that because it states on the bottle that the solution should be used within 3 months of opening I never quite use up the entire bottle before I should really throw it away. I tend to keep it a little longer than the three months recommended but often worry as eyes are so susceptible to infections that I don't feel its worth using an out of date product. There is also a use by date printed on the bottle which is always a long way off the 3 months when you first buy it.
All in all I really rate this eye wash and bath set. It is definitely worth the money it costs as it makes my eyes feel fresh and alive after a long day of computer and pollutants and they really need a good wash out. I would highly recommend it to everyone who suffers with sore eyes as using it at night makes my eyes feel fresh and bright when I wake in the morning. I think a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a top recommendation is well deserved!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
many thanks for taking the time to read.
I am a contact lens wearer, and so thankfully this seems to protect me from some of the impurities in the air that might annoy or irritate my eye, such as dust or sand etc etc. When I am off work, or in the evening after work, I wear my glasses, and this is when I usually notice a difference. Very often it is when I am wearing my glasses that things get into my eyes and I rub and rub until they are red, puffy and resemble a black eye forming.
It was on one of these such occasions, when I was at my in laws house that my eye started to itch and I had to rub and rub to no avail. I tried water in my eye but it didn't help, and then my mother in law suggested I try this optrex eye wash, that comes with its own eye bath to swish around the solution in your eye and remove any impurity. Wearing contact lenses on a daily basis means it doesn't bother me to have to put a solution anywhere near my eye, so I wasn't fearful about using this, although I know some who wouldn't go near their eye with anything. On that occasion, this optrex eye wash did the trick, and about five minutes after using it, my eye started to become better, with the discomfort of whatever was in it gone, and it felt soothed.
This 110ml bottle of optrex eyewash is not exactly cheap, usually retailing between £3.50 and £4.00, but that does include the little eye bath which really lets the optrex solution get into the nooks and crannies of your eye. After using this at my in laws house I bought my own and I have used it many times since then always with great success.
On the front of the box, this eye wash states that its use it to wash and sooth, and that is also contains 'natural plant extracts'. Not only can it be used for removing impurities (which is what I chiefly use it for) but also for tired or uncomfortable eyes that you might get after a lot of driving, computer use, air conditiong, central heating or even being in a smoky atmosphere. This eye wash contains the moisture that is necessary to soothe the soreness and irritation. As I said, it also acts as a cleanser and removes any dust or 'foreign bodies' that might come into your eye and make you rub and rub.
If you do wear contact lenses like me, you cannot use this product whilst or in fact just before putting your lenses into your eye. I find however that this is not a problem, given that usually the irritation happens when my lenses are out. Each bottle of this optrex should also only be kept for 3 months according to the instructions on the box, and then should be discarded. I have to honest and say that I have used it for longer than this, although I would replenish it frequently.
On the side of the box are step by step instructions about how to actually use this eye wash alongside the eye bath, although it isn't difficult. Just make sure you are leaning over a sink and obviously even with the eye bath, the wash can still drip down when you are moving it around your eye,plus you should have a clean cloth or towel handing to clean around your eye afterwards. The eye bath only needs to be 1/3 full of eye wash and only ever need to do this once to clean our whatever is in my eye. If both eyes are irritated you need to fill the eye bath with new eye wash before putting it in your eye. The instructions also suggest that you sterilise the eye bath after use, although again, I have never done this, though it would probably be a sensible idea.
This may be a relatively expensive product, however, anyone who ever has had anything irritating in their eye that is causing it to become inflamed, red and bloodshot, will now that at the time, you would pay anything to stop the irriation and discomfort, and so I think it is well worth having a bottle of this in your bathroom cupboard. The eye bath is shaped well to fit around your eye and let the solution into your eye, and really is a great accessory to the eye wash, and I always feel that it is this mechanism that cleans away the impurity from my eye. Never once has it failed to work at removing the dirt/dust or whatever it may be in my eye, and usually after 5 or 10 minutes, my eye feels so much better and starts to calm again, and I stop rubbing! All in all, a great product, worth the money, that really does work!
I suffer from glaucoma and apply eye drops night and morning. It's no hardship and because it was caught early, I haven't lost too much of my vision. One issue I do sometimes have though is my eyes get a bit dry and sore and feel a bit gritty.
When this first happened the consultant changed my prescription - apparently it's not unusual. Now, it still happens from time to time and I just bathe my eyes with Optrex Eye Wash.
This clear colourless liquid product comes in a small clear bottle which contains 110ml, enough for loads of applications. Also in the green and blue box is a green plastic eye bath into which you pour some product until it is about a third full. You then tilt your head back and, holding the eye bath tight to your socket so that it doesn't dribble out, you open your eyes and swill it about.
I tend to keep swilling for a minute or so (it says 30 seconds on the box) then I repeat the process for the other eye. For me at least the product works as I feel relief from tired eyes straightaway. Your eyes do feel as if they have been washed - which of course they have!
In addition to purified water, the product contains Alcohol, Boric Acid, Glycerin, Witch Hazel, Sodium Borate and Benzalkonium Chlorate. It claims to also contain natural plant extracts. The makers are Optrex of Nottingham.
I would only advise that on the inside of the eye bath there are two raised lines. It would be natural to assume that these lines represent the fill level. However, on closer inspection, these raised lines do not correspond with filling the eye bath one third full as instructed. So, if you fill to this level, you will be using more product than you need. This of course suits the manufacturer nicely as you will buy a new bottle a bit sooner than you otherwise might. Call me a cynic if you like.....because I am.
Itchy, sore nasty feeling eyes are easily sorted with a good old dose of Optrex. I used to see my dad using this when I was much younger. I could hear him muttering and cursing as he washed his sore eyes night after night in Optrex, which I am sure had a blue bottle back then.
Now in a green box, Oprex is something I dip into when I get sore eyes. This eye wash has proved a small saviour in times of distress. I have used it when I have come back from clubs and smoke from cigarettes or smoke machines have caused my eyes to go dry and sore. I have used it after flights, where the plane dries out the eyes. I have also used it to soothe my eyes in the midst of the hayfever season, when constant rubbing has left them itchy and red.
I find the product very easy to use, thanks to the measuring cap. You can pour the solution into the eye bath, hold it over the eyes and swill it around before letting the fluid disappear down the sink. It does not sting or cause more upset to the eyes and actually feels rather pleasant as it washes around the eye.
After I have used the stuff, my eyes always feel a lot cleaner and alert and the whites seem to take on a new lease of life. The plant extracts help to restore a healthy moisture balance and flush out impurites, leaving you relaxed and soothed.
A bottle of the fluid should set you back around the four pound mark and I get mine from Tesco, in the medicine section. A bottle tends to last for a month or two, though you should not need to use it every day, just on the occasions when the eye sare at their lowest ebb.
Optrex eye wash really is a fantastic product which does what it says in the title, washes the eye area.
I was introduced to this product by my dad. I had no idea we had it in the medicine cabinet. But last Sunday I was suffering from terrible hay fever, it was so bad that I thought it was leading into conjunctivitis. My eyes were so itchy, red and sore. The timing was so unfortunate because for Sunday lunch we were having a massive family gathering for my brother's birthday with my what seems hundreds of cousins over and other members of the family. Due to being at university I don't get to see many of them too often, it seems I only see them at the same time every year at the same family occasions. So I had been looking forward to seeing lots of people, but my eyes hurt so much that it made me really quite grumpy and low for the day. They were making me tired because I kept rubbing them and I ended up just going to sleep later on in the afternoon. When I woke up dad brought some of this Optrex eye wash up to me and said he had forgotten we had any.
***So what do you do with it and how is it packaged?***
It comes in two sizes:
* 100ml which is £4.29
* 300ml which is £5.99
It is packaged in a see through glass bottle with a white screw cap. On top of the cap there is a plastic eye bath which is oval shaped to fit the eye area.
The instructions state that it relieves tired eyes as well as soothing uncomfortable eyes. It uses a multi action wash to gently cleanse the eye area. So in my opinion it is great to refresh the eye area and would also be very useful to clean the eye area if ever you felt you had something in your eye.
The main caution it reads is that contact lens wearers must wait 15 minutes after using the eye wash before putting their lenses in.
The bottle only states two main ingredients which are: witch hazel and purified water. The witch hazel you can definitely smell.
***How to use it***
It is very basic on how to use the eye bath. The plastic eye bath has a small line about two thirds up it which you should pour the solution up to. Then take it up to the eye flat and then gently put the bottom of the oval shaped line of the plastic water bath to the bottom of the eye quite tightly (so the solution doesn't leak down your face) and then tip it upwards. I close my eye until the solution is upwards and then I open my eye and swill it around for about 15 seconds , the bottle says 30 seconds but I can't keep it long enough before it leaks down my face. I would say 1 in 4 times I do it, it leaks down my face. So you need to use it quite quickly and tightly in getting the water bath cap securely around the eye area. Then once you have used it on one eye tip the remainder of the solution down the sink, wash out the cap and then start again on the other eye. It is then important to sterilise it afterwards to prevent the spread of something if someone else uses it.
Once I used this eye wash my eyes felt instantly better. It hadn't stopped them itching completely but it made them feel completely soothed and it made them feel more awake. I used it again before I went to bed. The instructions state it can be used every day but not how often a day. I used it twice a day, but it is only an eye wash so I can't imagine it would matter how many times you used it. However after using it for 2 days (4 times) my 100ml bottle was half empty. So you do use it up quite quickly. I would definitely recommend buying the larger bottle, it is much better value.
Overall it is a great quick fix for those hay fever days or when suffering from conjunctivitis or even just when extremely tired it is perfect. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars because I wasted a lot of the bottle with it leaking when using the water bath, but to be honest I don't see how they could make the plastic water bath better to prevent this. Definitely a product to keep in the bathroom cabinet.
Since I contracted two bouts of conjunctivitis in a short period, I've been trying to take better care of my eyes, particularly as they are essential to my job. One way I've been doing this is by washing them daily with Optrex eye wash.
It comes in a bottle with an eye bath and costs about £4.00 but since I've been buying this product there have consistently been offers on in some shape or another to save money such as "buy one get one free" and "buy two for £6" etc. You apply it by pouring a set amount into the eye bath, and then tilting your head back and washing each eye in turn. Any additives that they put in there don't seemTo manifest themselves in the form of any kind of irritation and after thirty seconds you can finish with one eye and repeat the process.
Whatever it does seems to work as your eyes certainly seem more refreshed afterwards. Whether it's the cold water on a tired eye or the purified water and witch hazel (the two only mentioned ingredients on the side of the box) I'm not sure, but a placebo effect or not, it does seem to do something that adds to the revitalising process.
That's really all there is to it really, on a side note the instructions are detailed and the packaging is nice and it seems to work nicely in making your eyes feel that little bit more fresh.
My only criticism is the application process. I'm not sure if I have weird shaped eyes but it is hard to apply the water without at least some of it dripping out. It trickles slowly out of the sides and down your clothing so it can be a little messy. Maybe that's just me though but I'd reccomend this product but suggest you try it with at least a towel round the neck to prevent it maki g your clothing wet. That aside it's a nice product and a handy addition to the bathroom shelf.
Optrex eye wash with eye bath.
Optrex is a trusted brand name in the eye care market. It's a specially formulated liquid that contains natural plant extracts that can be used to revive tired eyes, rinse foreign bodies from the eye or just sooth irritation.
I always keep a bottle of Optrex eye wash in the house, it comes in a 110ml bottle with it's own little plastic eye bath. It has the clean almost medical smell of witch hazel and is a completely clear liquid.
The eye bath is great for bathing the eye but can be a bit tricky to master, blinking whilst your eye is effectively immersed in liquid isn't a natural feeling but hugely beneficial if you suffer from dry and sore eyes. Alternatively a cotton wool pad soaked in Optex and laid on the closed eye will help to refresh the area. Ideal if you've suffered the issues surrounding chopping onions and chilli's and extremely soothing on swollen, puffy eyes that result from allergy or hay fever.
As with all medications and liquids of this nature you need to read the instructions and pay attention to best before dates. It's not suitable to use with soft contact lenses.
A great bathroom cabinet must have.
Optrex Eye Wash With Eye Bath is perfect for when your eyes need a little help to wash out the impurities of everyday living. This moisture replenishing formula, with natural plant extracts, will soothe sore, irritated and tired eyes.