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I've had some wonderful luck lately - I broke my foot whilst vacuuming, my car exploded and completely died and then one week into the brand new year I woke up and discovered I had conjunctivitis. I didn't actually know what that was until I Google searched it which I did after looking into a mirror when my eyes felt sore and I saw an alien creature from Dr Who looking back at me. The whites of my eyes were crimson red and my eyelashes looked swollen and slightly malformed. After a visit to my local Boots pharmacy I was given these Optrex Infected Eye Drops and told how to use them. It is a behind the counter medicine so if you are unfortunate enough to suffer from an eye infection then you'll need to consult your doctor or your pharmacist.
Optrex sell a number of eye drops to help conditions such as dry eyes, itchy eyes, contact lens dryness and so on but these Optrex Infected Eye Drops contain something called chloramphenicol which is for the treatment of acute bacterial conjunctivitis. The product comes as a 10ml bottle which is boxed and which comes with an information leaflet which it is essential to read. There are many safety precautions associated with using the drops. If you have any history of having low blood cells you should not use this. If you wear contact lenses you should not use during the treatment or for 24 hours post treatment.
This product needs to be stored in the fridge at a temperature of 2-8 degrees. It should also be protected from light and the bottle should be discarded after the five day course of treatment has finished. When using the bottle you need to take care not to touch the dropper nozzle onto anything else including your eyelids as you dispense the drops. You even have to be careful not to breathe on the nozzle!
A course of treatment using this product lasts five days and you need to finish the treatment even if you think you have recovered. During the first two days you are required to use the drops every two hours. You have to pull your bottom eyelid out and one drop has to be placed between the eyelid and the eye. I found application to be reasonably easy but I advise turning the bottle upside down and tapping before opening to release air bubbles as they can make application more difficult. After two days you have to use the drops every four hours for three days. Drops should be applied during waking hours only.
My experience of using these drops was not very nice but I have to regard it as a necessary evil to regain my health. The eye drops were not at all soothing for the condition which was a disappointment as my eyes were burning and throbbing because of the condition. The drops did not irritate my eyes either though. However, soon after using the drops I would experience the worst taste ever in my throat. I had never really given much thought about the eyes, nose and throat being connected and when I applied these drops the ingredients melted down into my throat and gave me a nasty surprise. I can honestly say that it was the most disgusting thing I've ever tasted. The first day of using the drops I thought I was going to choke to death on the poisonous taste and the fumes in my throat. Urgh! The memory will never leave me! After the first day I realised that drinking, eating or sucking a sweet shortly after using the drops helped to take the acrid taste of the eye drops away so I recommend trying that if you are having similar problems! Despite this the drops have successfully helped with my condition although the recovery was slow for me and not an immediate relief.
I would not recommend these drops if you have any difficulty swallowing or you are unusually sensitive to medicines or chemicals as you may also be able to taste these drops like I could. However, the drops served a purpose for me and the application process itself was simple so ultimately I can't complain too much. Hopefully my luck will improve soon!
Last week I had an awful case of conjunctivitis in both my eyes. It was firstly in one and then overnight it spread to the other one. That morning I couldn't even prise my eyes open as they were stuck together with all the eye goop in them and my eyes were so red I looked like I should be in Twilight!! That morning with my sunglasses firmly in place so no one would see me I made my way to the pharmacist to see if I could get some medicine.
The pharmacist recommended either ointment or drops but he told me that the ointment was really messy and I have used eye drops in the past for dry eyes etc so I decided to go with the eye drops and the ones he gave me over the counter were these Optrex Infected eyes. These drops are for the treatment of acute bacterial conjunctivitis (eye infections). The drops contain the active ingredient chloramphenicol and according to the box this is, "an antibiotics used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Chloramphenicol is known as a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which means it is effective against infections caused by a wide variety of bacteria. Chloramphenicol works by preventing bacteria from producing proteins that are essential to them. Without these proteins the bacteria cannot grow, replicate and increase in numbers. Chloramphenicol therefore controls the numbers of bacteria causing an infection, and the remaining bacteria die or are killed by the body's immune system. By putting the medicine straight into the eye this allows the chloramphenicol to act directly on the bacteria that are causing the infection."
So, there you have it. This is how the technical medicine part works. So, how do the drops actually work. Well, what I like about them is that they are really easy to administer and more importantly do not hurt or sting or cause irritation. The dosage amounts are given on the box and say, "Gently squeeze 1 drop into the infected eye every 2 hours for the first 48 hours, and every 4 hours afterwards." The drops come in a little bottle with a screw cap lid. The bottle is not a squeezy bottle but I find that when you actually take the lid off and turn the bottle upside down ready to put the drop into your eye a drop will actually form at the end of the tip anyway and then it easily falls into my eye. You have to keep this medicine in the fridge and so what I really like is that when you add a drop to your eye its really nice and cooling and in the first couple of days when my eyes were quite sore and painful and gave me a headache this was such a nice feeling. The drop then spreads its way over my eye and really cooled it down and made it feel nice.
One thing I do not like is that after a few minutes you can taste the drop on the back of your throat as your whole ear, nose and throat region is linked and so you get a bit of a scratchy throat for a few minutes but its nothing too annoying. What I really liked about this medicine is that it cleared my eyes up really quickly. The intense redness was gone within a day and you could just see a few broken blood vessels but over the next couple of days my eyes returned to normal and the infection did not come back. What I was also pleased about it that thankfully my kids didn't get it and I think that's due to the fact that Optrex actually state that these eye drops can help reduce the length of the infection and the severity of the symptoms, and may help to prevent the spread of the infection. It's safe for kids over 2 to use it so I know if they did get it I could use this medicine on them too which is nice.
I finished the course of the treatment over 5 days which is what they recommend even though my eyes did look and feel better before that but you never know so it's always good to follow the directions.
All in all, a great eye drop medicine that cleared up my infection well, one I definitely recommend.
I do know that this product and its active ingredient - Chloropamphenicol - works. I've seen it work for my mum, when she has had conjunctivitis. Unfortunately for me, I did inherit her appalling eyesight but I also got my allergies from dad.
One of those allergies, deeply unfortunately for me, turned out to be to Chloramphenicol.
I was good. My eyes went from hay fever level itchy to the unmistakable ick and redness of conjuctivitis. I was thankful that I live within five minutes of two branches of Boots. I checked on the internet and found that Optrex were selling this without prescription and I would not have to trapse up to the doctor's and then go to Boots. I could cut out the middle man and I popped into the big Boots and picked up this product.
I applied as per the instructions. I even read the leaflet, like a good girl, before doing so. I repeated the application as instructed. I followed the rules. I even noted the allergy warning. Unfortunately for me, I did not know that I had an allergy, as I had had conjuctivitis before, but not since this product went over the counter and had just applied the drops from the doctor's prescription.
As a result, I woke up on the second day of treatment and could barely open one of my eyes.
I was dumb and undercaffeinated, as well as trusting in the brand and product and applied the morning dose to both eyes.
One pot of tea and an hour later, close peering at my eyes showed the swelling in the nearly closed eye was getting worse and the other one was following suit.
This was the point that I realised that I had a problem, put my coat and shoes on and walked the twenty minutes to the hospital and went to A&E. I looked terrible and was triaged through the door very quickly and a few doctors later walked out with a prescription for something that would solve the conjuctivitis and not seal my eyes up by eyelid swelling.
That did work, but please take warning from my experience. Yes, this is a good product.
For some people.
For others of us, not so much. It's a recipe for spending Saturday afternoon at the hospital. Read the leaflet, especially if you have any allergic conditions and on the first sign of eyelid swelling, stop using it.
As the swelling not only looks horrible, it is painful and makes seeing and walking to the hospital with one eye mostly closed up and the other a quarter of the way there somewhat tricky.
If you do want to risk it, Optrex Infected Eyes Ointment costs £5.99 from Boots for 4g of the ointment. You apply a small amount to the infected eye three to four times a day for five days. It is one of those medicines you have to ask the pharmacist for, though you no longer need a prescription.
It can be used by those over the age of two but should not be used by those allergic to the active ingredient.
Listen to the warning on the leaflet. And if you are in my position and didn't know you were allergic to it when your eyelid starts to swell up. Stop. Cease. Desist. Don't make my mistake.
So considering all the above, for those who can use this product, this is good stuff.
For the rest of us, avoid like the plague. Or people will look at you like you're going down with it.
My poor son recently got conjunctivitis at nursery and unfortunately my husband also caught it too. Not ideal as he began expiring the symptoms as we were on a 7 hour drive to visit family. As my husband woke up looking rather demon like with very red eyes we immediately went to a local chemist to see if they could help. Fortunately the pharmacist took one look at diagnosed conjunctivitis and suggested Optrex Infected Eyes.
The instructions say to put a drop into each eye every 2 hours for the first 48 hours and then every 4 hours after that. They also warn against driving if your sight becomes blurry. My husband isn't very good at putting in the drops and refused my help so sometimes more than one drop was used as he didn't know if the drop had gone in or not. The best way to apply seems to be to tip your head back and look up whilst dropping the drop into the lower part of your eye. He first drops did seem to help my husband and fortunately he was still able to drive. Our problem however came the next day when his eyes looked worse and his vision was affected. At this point we discovered that the drops should be kept in a fridge so headed out again to another chemist for a fresh bottle. The pharmacist was very helpful as we did think at this point we might have to try to get a doctor's appointment but he advised us that this treatment was as effective as any thing the doctor might prescribe.
The good news was that the drops seemed to work fairly quickly from then on. My husband's eyes were still red but less so he doesn't look too bad in the family photos! Apart from the one day when his eyesight was affected he could function as normal. Unfortunately his work place didn't quite agree and he was sent home for a day as they were worried how contagious conjunctivitis is.
Overall these drops worked well to clear up the infection and my husband felt his eyes were a lot less irritated by using them. I cannot remember the exact price we pad but is was around £5.50 both times which is reasonable and we would pay more to keep my husband feel normal again. Both times we went into small independent chemists as they were the nearest ones so the drops certainly appear to be readily available. The only downside was the lack of a fridge in our car which seems to have made the original bottle less effective. The second pharmacist did say that you could keep the bottle out for 4 hours but this is something you should bear in mind if you are on a long journey or just don't have access to a fridge. My other tip to avoid catching it if your partner or child has conjunctivitis is to wash your hands a lot and pillows too and also avoid sharing towels. To avoid having to explain you have an eye infection rather than a particularly wild lifestyle I would also recommend you invest in a nice pair of sunglasses.
Conjunctivitis is one of those horrible things that will probably hit us all at one point or another. At one point it used to mean a trip to the doctors to have it diagnosed and then have some drops prescribed but then Optrex released their infected eye drops meaning that you could purchase drops for the condition without having to go and see your GP. Conjunctivitis is typically an infection which will cause the white part of your eye to be red and your eye may be swollen. There will also be a sticky discharge coming from the eye which will make it hard to open in the mornings as a rule. This is my review of the product.
Optrex are the first brand that I would think of when I think of eye drops and so I am happy enough to buy their products based on what I have experienced in the past when using them. The infected eye drops come in a small blue cardboard box which features the optrex name and the product name as well as a picture of an eye and the information which tells us that these drops are for the treatment of acute bacterial conjuncitivitis. There is plenty of information on the outside of the box about how you would use these drops, who they are suitable for and how to store them but as they are a pharmacy only item anyway you are going to need to ask for them and if the pharmacist is doing their job right they will probably ask you a few questions before they sell you the drops anyway!
Inside the box there is a 10ml bottle of the infected eye drops which come with a red cap which is obviously sealed. If this seal is broken when you come to use them for the first time you should not use the drops. There are basic instructions for use on the bottle but I would personally advise you keep the box and/or the leaflet which comes with the drops which is much more comprehensive.
The drops are actually really easy to use and all you need to do is pop one drop in your eye every two hours for the first 48 hours, whilst you are awake, and then every four hours thereafter. You should apply the drops for five days and should notice an improvement in the condition of the eye after the initial 48 hours have passed. I personally find that I notice an improvement much quicker than that and after 24 hours will find my eye is much more comfortable. It is important to note that even if you feel your eye is better you should continue the drops for the five days course to reduce the risk of the infection coming straight back. What is also important to adhere to is that you don't let the dropper actually touch the eye because obviously this would run the risk of the infection getting on the dropper and just creating a bit of a vicious circle!
You should keep these drops in the fridge in between uses and I think this actually really helps make the drops feel soothing on the sore eye because they are cool when they hit the eye and so offer relief straight away.
These eye drops are suitable for use in children aged two years and over, adults and the elderly. What is great is conjunctivitis can often be something which appears regularly in nursery based children and so you can treat them without visiting the doctors every time with these drops but for children under two years of age you should always see a doctor if you suspect an eye infection. Whilst I think as a rule conjunctivitis is pretty easy to spot I would say that if you are under any doubts at all to make an appointment to visit your GP because obviously you don't want to take any risks at all with the eyes. I have had to use these drops on my son when he has developed conjunctivitis and whilst he isn't a fan of having the eye drops put in it is more the thought of them hitting his eye than them being uncomfortable for him and so he will have these applied to his eye if required.
There are a whole lot of cases where you shouldn't use these drop and some to note are if you wear contact lenses, you think you may have a foreign body in your eye, if you are allergic to chloramphenicol and if you are pregnant or breast feeding you should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist before you start using the product. As I said the leaflet inside the box is very comprehensive but a pharmacist will have to sell you this product and so would hopefully run through a few checks anyway.
My one niggle with these drops is that you get 10ml of drops and it will cost you around five or six pounds which granted for an adult is less than a prescription charge currently. However, what grates a little with me is once the five day course is up you are told to throw the drops away and it just seems a waste! Even applying the drops every two hours for five days would not use all of the drops in the bottle and so surely they could reduce the size of the bottle a little and charge slightly less! This said the drops do what they are supposed to and treat conjunctivitis as well as drops you would get from the doctors and so they are a good buy particularly if you are struggling to make time for or get a doctors appointment.
Thank you for reading my review!
The one thing I struggle with is putting eye drops into my eyes, I just do not like the feeling of it when it hits my eye although I know nothing is going to happen to them, it is just the way I have always been when using them. I have to be almost tied down to do the task lol. I really do struggle to use any product of this description by myself but I had to recently because I had an eye infection because I was a little unwell and run down.
When I woke up one morning my eyes were really sore, gritty and a little swollen, I found I was struggling to see and they felt really uncomfortable. At my GP surgery I can go there and sit and wait in a system that enables me to just wait my turn at a given time of the appointment, very handy for me because I often have to use this service. So I saw my GP and he gave me a prescription for these eye drops because he told me I had Conjunctivitis. When I got home I immediately used them because my hubby was at home at the time, so I had someone to do the task for me.
The drops come in a tiny plastic bottle with a screw off top, it is a 10ml bottle. The bottle comes inside a cardboard box with a instruction leaflet with all the usual instructions and information needed. It is recommended to use 1 drop in each eye every 2 hours for the first 48 hours and then every 4 hours thereafter. I found that after the first 3 applications my eyes eased so much and I could see a whole lot better. These drops worked really quickly and within 24 hours I could see almost perfectly, although my eyes still felt a little sore, they were not half as bad as they were the day before. They are to be used during waking hours only and it is a 5 day course. I used them for the full 5 days as recommended because if not used for the recommended time, the infection tends to come back and is not removed correctly.
I found once the drops where in my eyes I had no problems with them irritating them any further, they gave me a lot of relief in no time. I found they did not weep. I found them to be very good drops for my eyes. The Pharmacist did however tell me at first when I handed in my prescription that I could buy them over the counter much cheaper than paying for a prescription charge, but I pay for my medication with an annually certificate charge of around £100 or so I think I pay. So it made sense to just use the prescription in my case but if you do pay for your prescriptions and a GP gives you these drops it is well worth bearing that in mind in my opinion because it will save some money.
It tells me on the side of the box that these drops can be used for children over the age of 2 years old. I have not used these for a child so I cannot comment if they work but any advice can be asked when purchasing them from the Pharmacist and he can give any advice on any worries you may have for your child.
These are worth it if you have to buy them, I am not sure how much they cost but they are definitely cheaper than the £7.40 prescription charge. I think they are worth it whatever the lower price may be with these drops because they have a very quick effect for the eyes. They help sooth them to relieve them of the uncomfortable feeling.
The leaflet tells me these contain an antibiotic called Chloramphenicol which is used to treat bacterial infections which affect the front surfaces of the eyes. It also tells me in the leaflet that they are not suitable for treating infections that have spread to the deeper layers of the eye coverings or into the fluid within the eyeball. It just think a quick word with a Pharmacist is advised and he can tell you if they are suitable or not if you have any concerns with your eye problem.
I highly do recommend these drops for anyone to give them a try but I would certainly ask advice before I bought and used them because all infections can be different for different people in my opinion. These worked a treat for my eyes and they are back to good health now and they feel a whole lot better.
I give these 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review, I hope you found it useful.
A 10ml bottle of Optrex Infected Eye Eyedrops cost me £4.75 from my local independent chemist - and one bottle is enough to offer a complete five day course of the medication. The eyedrops contain the active ingredient Chloramphenicol 0.5% which is an antibiotic used for the treatment of common eye infections, including conjunctivitis. It can be bought over the counter at the pharmacy without needing a prescription from your doctor. This is convenient for people like me that seem to get an eye infection at the drop of a hat!
The bottle has a dropper attached which makes administration of these eye drops relatively easy - particularly if you have someone around to help hold your eye open. Although Optrex do also make ointment with Chloramphenicol in it, I prefer the drops version as the ointment is quite messy and leaves my eyes with a greasy look which doesn't make me feel any better! However, because you have to put a drop of the solution directly into your eye, it can be easier to have someone helping you or you're likely to blink - which is my speciality! You must also be careful not to let the dropper tip touch your eye as otherwise you could reintroduce the bacteria (or a new bacteria).
When the drop goes into my eye, I would say there was a slightly gritty sensation for about 10 seconds - but this quickly diminishes. Afterward administration, particularly in the early stages of the treatment, my eyes can feel a little dry and stingy. Its not painful per se, but it would be a lie to say that it doesn't leave your eyes feeling a little uncomfortable. However, ultimately, the treatment has always been successful for me and usually within about 24 hours it becomes clear that the infection is starting to clear up. Other than the slight irritation, I have never had any other side effects.
The bottle is supposed to be kept in the fridge which can be a bit of a pain if you are out at work all day and so can't just keep it in your bag - and yet as it needs to be applied numerous times throughout the day, you need to take it with you. I think, if the solution is not kept in the fridge then the antibiotic may become inactivated.
My only complaint really about this product is the price. Its not that I resent paying £4.75 for the medication, its just that I know you can get the medication considerably cheaper - for example, Numark Antibiotic Eyedrops costs just £3.69 (a saving of over 20%).
On Saturday morning I woke up unable to open my left eye. Rushing to the bathroom with only one eye open I squinted into the mirror to see that my eye lashes were glued together with a horrible yellow crust. I bathed my eye open and returned to bed feeling grateful that at least it was Saturday and I could hide away indoors! My eye felt like it was full of grit and sore and the surrounding area was swollen. My eye was completely bloodshot adding to my new look! My husband took one look at me and agreed to go to the chemist to see what help was available! He returned with a small bottle of Optrex infected eye drops.
Optrex infected eye drops are an antibiotic for eyes. They contain chloramphenicol for treating bacterial infections that will also help prevent any infection from spreading. The drops come in a small plastic bottle with a blue screw top lid. There is an instruction leaflet inside the box. I was keen to use the drops as the irritation and soreness were very unpleasant! The instructions advise you use just one drop every 2 hours for the first 48 hours and them one drop every 4 hours. The drops should only be used for 5 days. If your eye infection is not improving by that time them you should go and see a doctor. The drops should be kept cool preferably in a fridge.
I hate having to put drops into my eyes and would have preferred an ointment. Optrex do make an infected eye ointment; usually for use at night time. However I was stuck with drops! I was pleased that I only needed one drop and it was easier than I had expected to get it into my poorly red eye! I tipped my head back and using a mirror squeezed the bottle slightly until a drop was visible at the end of the nozzle. I let the drop fall into the corner of my eye and the tilted my head so the liquid could bath my eye. The drops are easy to control and a slight squeeze was all that was need for one drop to appear. I was expecting the drop to sting but it actually felt quite soothing. I was surprised at how quickly my eye felt better after applying a drop and the redness was a bit less than it had been. However after about an hour the irritation had returned and I was keenly watching the clock for my next dose!
I have been using the drops for 5 days now and I am happy to report that my eye is much improved. Luckily the infection hasn't spread to anyone else in the family or to my other eye! On reading the supplied information leaflet I have learned that any inflammation of the conjunctiva is commonly known as conjunctivitis. The symptoms are eyes that feel gritty and are bloodshot. There is usually a sticky yellow discharge and swelling around the eye area. Conjunctivitis is very contagious and anyone suffering should ensure they use their own towel and face cloth. Conjunctivitis is often the result of a low immune system such as when you have been suffering from a cold or flu. I have recently had a heavy cold so I am guessing my eye infection was due to this!
I would recommend Optrex infected eye drops to anyone suffering from the sort of eye infection I have described. They are easy to use and offer instant relief; although a complete cure will take a few days! My eye is still red and sore and the surrounding area still shows some swelling. However it is getting better and I hope will be back to normal by the weekend! My husband paid about £5 for drops from Boots and I think that was money well spent! I should add that like other antibiotics you should continue using the drops for 5 days and then throw away the bottle.
I first saw a TV ad for this product when it came out a while back, and thought what a good idea it was. Conjunctivitis is a really common problem, and up until quite recently, you had to see a doctor and get prescription medication to treat it, which presumably, took up valuable time that the doctor could be using to treat more urgent patients.
Optrex Infected Eyes is a product that you can buy over the counter at the pharmacy. Usually when you buy it, the pharmacist or assistant behind the counter will ask you several questions to see whether this product is appropriate for you. The main thing they are trying to find out is whether the eyes are actually infected (sticky yellow goo!), or you are just reacting to the environment or pollen, in which case, there may be other products more suitable.
The eye drops contain an active ingredient called Chloramphenicol, which is an antibiotic. The drops are to be used during waking hours only, although Optrex also produce an eye ointment in the same range, that is suitable for use at night. I have tried using the ointment, but found it fiddly and unpleasant to use, preferring the fresh feeling you get using the eye drops.
To use the drops, it is recommended that you keep them in the fridge. This makes them feel lovely and refreshing when you put them in your eyes. You need to gently squeeze the bottle and apply one drop into the infected eye every two hours for the first 48 hours, and every four hours thereafter for five days. You must complete the course of treatment, even if your eyes start to feel better.
I have personally found the eye drops extremely effective. I am not really prone to many eye infections, but when I do get them, this product always delivers great results. The drops feel really nice when you apply them, and they don't sting or burn, you feel instantaneous relief. I have never had any problems whatsoever using these drops.
A bottle of Optrex infected eyes costs about £5 from the pharmacist. You can buy generic eye drops over the counter that contain the same active ingredient and only cost about £3, and do just as good a job, and this would be my only criticism of this product, and hence, I will only give it four stars.
Optrex infected eyes comes in a blue box, which contains a small white bottle with a red lid. It can be used in adults and children over two years old. If you use contact lenses, you must not wear them while using this product. If you are not suffering with an infection, but have gritty eyes due to allergies or other conditions, Optrex make a variety of products to suit different symptoms, which are also extremely effective.
I've recently had two bouts of conjunctivitis about four months apart in my right eye. The first time I took the trip to the doctors and was prescribed eye ointment. However when I went to the pharmacy, I was told that this was cheaper and what I would have been given anyway. It worked a wonder and cleared up in a few days. When it returned it saved a lot of time, I bypassed the docs, saving them time and went straight to the pharmacy and got this.
The above has two major benefits. Obviously, you're saving yourself time by not sitting for an hour or two (if your surgery is anything like mine) and you're also performing the valuable task of not wasting your GP's time by going to pester him for what s/he considered a pretty trivial illness. Furthermore, there's the cost. Rather than forking out for a doctor's prescription of about £7.20, this is substantially cheaper. It varies depending on the pharmacy but I paid £5.10 for this and got just as an efficient result.
It's a small tube, which is easy to carry around and is more than an ample amount to see you through to your return to health. The ointment it applied by putting directly into the eye. Unlike other ointments, it's not too greasy and doesn't blur your vision for too long either, meaning after a minute or so you can return to what you were doing and let the ointment get on with making you better. The instructions are fairly detailed as well, listing all possible side effects and what to do if there are any, which means you have fairly clear guidance should anything go wrong.
I think it's great stuff, but obviously this could vary from person to person. It's worth a try at least and if there's no improvement then go back to your GP. For a cheaper price and the chance you would have been prescribed this anyway, it's a great time saver.
I have a fringe called 'Fredrick' who I love very much!
The trouble is he is an 'emo' style fringe that covers one eye so that eye had gotten pretty weak and I've had a few bad eye infections in it.
The first eye infection ended up in both eyes so I had to go to the doctors with it where I was prescribed antibiotic drops to use for a week. The second time I got an infection it was in my right eye hidden under my hair and that time I got the same eye drops from the chemist on a Minor Ailments form as the pharmacist checked it out and said it was conjunctivitis again...
'Optex Infected Eyes' was prescribed which contains Chloramphenicol to help get rid of the redness and weepy eye symptoms you get.
Conjunctivitis is a very painful condition and it can take up to a couple of days for the medicine to work.
Only to be used for the eyes it says on the box for external ocular use and there is an instruction booklet to read before you start treatment.
Usually the course of the treatment runs for 5 days unless a doctor tells you otherwise, and if symptoms do not improve after 48 hours you should consult a GP again.
Most important this product needs to be kept in the fridge for the course and then thrown away safely after (you can always hand old medicines into chemists), and put a drop into the corner of each eye every two hours for the first 48 hours then every four hours after that.
You need to use the clear solution regularly in both eyes even if one isn't infected as the bacteria causing the symptoms can travel over into the good eye too...
The solution comes in a 10ml white bottle with a red top, and the medicine is squeezed out from a narrow pipette opening on top of the little bottle.
I have had acute bacterial conjunctivitis three times now and each time this stuff has worked miracles!
It cost about £5 to buy over the counter if you have to pay for your medicines, but it is worth it for the pain relief :)
Five stars for a great antibiotic that you don't have to swallow (yuk!) and it really works wonders this Optex Infected Eyes!
I first heard about Optrex for Infected Eyes when I visited my GP with a particularly nasty case of conjunctivitis (gunky eyes which were hot and red and felt as if they were full of bits of sand). He was going to write me a prescription for the active ingredient in these eye drops then said "Oh actually, there is a product which has just come out and it isn't on prescription- ask the pharmacist for it" and he recommended I find this as it would be cheaper than the prescription.
I went into my local Asda pharmacy and asked for this- the pharmacist brought it out of one of their fridges and sold me it over the counter. It costs around £4.99 for a bottle which looks just like an eyedrop bottle. The rules are you HAVE to keep it in the fridge which is a little awkward if you get it at lunchtime and have to go to work. You apply one drop to each eye every hour for the first 24 hours then one drop to each eye every four hours for the next four days and you have to keep this up for the total five days.
Unlike other eye drops, this did not sting when I put it in my eyes but I did notice a strange taste at the back of my throat which was quite reassuring. It soothed my eyes and within the five day course it cleared up my eye infection a dream. I had to leave myself notes to remember it was in the fridge at work and to remember to get it out of the fridge at home, but this is the only drawback. It is hte best eye drops product I have used and I have suffered from conjunctivitis around 6 times in my life.
I would definitely recommend it and you don't even need to see a GP to buy it. It contains antibiotics so it has scientific properties to actually treat an infection- its not just purified water as a lot of eye drops are.
Optrex infected eyes as mentioned has an antibiotic ingredient, over the counter drugs like these are contributing to the massive increase of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Chloramphenicol is a broad spectrum antibiotic meaning it can inhibit replication of many bacteria. Alexander Fleming in 1928 discovered penicillin and at the same time discovered that bacteria exposed to low doses and for short periods of time, they develope resistance. This is exactly what optrex infected eyes are doing! bacteria can spread their resistance genes to other bacteria from the same species or even different.MRSA is NOT the only bacteria that has acquired resistance....almost all bacteria have including E.coli, M.Tuberculosis, C.Difficile, Salmonella, P.aeuriginosa, Strep. pneumoniae!!!Please think again before buying! try letting your own immune system work on the bacteria. indeed it works but for what cost?
I'm sitting here feeling very sorry for myself, so thought I may as well channel it into a review! Warning, this story is so very sad, that it might just make you cry. Or perhaps I'm being a little melodramatic but here goes...
Since my little girl started nursery in September, not a fortnight has gone by without her catching something, and then subsequently me catching it off her. It's a continuous loop of nasty bugs and viruses, only enhanced by the strict "don't keep your kids off school when they are ill or we will send social service round" rule, meaning all the kids take their germs in and pass them on.
This weeks illness, along with a cough and cold (but that's almost just everyday life now) my daughter, and of course subsequently myself, have got conjunctivitis.
Here is where it gets sad, for me at least. In the whole time my boyfriend and I have been together, we have never had a day go by where we don't see each other. Seriously. Even if we have been mega busy we've always made at least 15 minutes to see each other. So today is the first full day we will spend apart (can't risk him catching it as he has something very important happening on Saturday). It is also, ironically, valentines day, hence me feeling very sorry for myself.
To add insult to injury, I used my Benefit BADgal mascara yesterday which I only got at Christmas and now is most likely all infected *sob sob*
Now to make things just a little worse, you can't share eye drops (despite the bottle not actually ever touching your eye so I'm not really sure why) so I've just had to shell out £10 for two bottles of eye drops.
So do they work? Well, I'm actually going to be writing this review as I go along my course of treatment.
You are told to apply one drop to each eye every two hours for the first 48 hours. Research on the internet tells me that the infection should clear up in 24 hours, fingers crossed.
This morning, I had to literally prise one of my eyes open (the other doesn't seem to have got it weirdly enough) and then struggle even more so to clean up my little ones eyes which were completely matted together with yellow sticky goo. Nice picture I'm painting I know. After this our eyes continued to get the gooey stuff in them all morning and I kept cleaning them (With water and cotton wool) until the chemist opened at which point I got my eyedrops.
Firstly I administered them to my daughter. I was actually dreading this. When they are a baby you can at least hold them down a bit but if my daughter decided she didn't want these in her eyes, people under estimate how strong three year olds can be, and I had imagined this could be a bit of a nightmare. I asked my daughter to lie down and look up with her eyes, she's not really quite mastered looking places without moving her head so in the end I gave up and held her eye open and dropped a drop in. No complaints and I was able to do the second eye without any protest. This is a bonus already. She has actually since asked me if it's time for her next drops yet, I can't believe she's took it so well, they mustn't feel to uncomfortable to her.
Unbelievably, an hour later her eyes have not got any gunk in them at all, not even in the corners and the redness and slight swelling she had has all but gone! After nearly two hours there was some crusty yellow bits on her eyelashes and a slight bit of gunk in the corner of her eyes.
I applied my eye drops just after hers (after washing my hands like I was about to perform surgery!). I applied them as instructed, look up, pull down bottom bit of eye, tilt head back, put the drop in and close your eye. I found that when I closed my eye it seemed to make the drop just come out of my eye and roll down my face so I may try keeping it open for a second and rolling my eye about a bit next time before I close it.
My eye still feels slightly watery and has got a little bit of gunk in the corner but not much and the swelling has gone down.
Second drops administered. My little girl squeezed her eye shut tight after I had applied to first eye and most of the drop seemed to come out. On the second eye I held her eye open for a few seconds after applying it to try to combat this but it seemed to mainly come out once she did shut her eye. Still no struggle administering them though.
My first eye seemed to not get a full drop so I hesitantly put another in (the pack warns not to double up on doses so I was slightly concerned but barely anything went in on the first go). I tried keeping my eyes open for a second, rolling them round etc, as soon as I closed my eyes the drops seemed to roll out. I only hope at least some is staying in and doing it's magic.
Twenty minutes after drops my eyes feel gunky and sticky but after looking the mirror they don't look it. Daughters eyes look okay.
Nearing the end of this two hour period my eye still feels a bit sticky and uncomfortable but not unbearably so. Both my daughter and my eyes have a slight bit of gunk in the corner, it looks just like regular sleep. After wiping my eye and then taking care of my daughters (no problem administering drops again) the gunk in my eye was back already. Cleaned mine again and applied my drops, still not mastering the keeping them in my eye, rather than them rolling down my face. Hope they are still working.
For the rest of the day, everything continued in much the same manner with no problems to report. By evening when my mum got home she claimed my daughters eyes looked completely better, whereas she could still tell my eye had it but that it didn't look that bad.
Waking up this morning my eye was slightly gunked together. Nice image I know, sorry. My daughters had a bit in the corners, much like sleep, but more than what she would normally have. Today I took my mums advice and decided to administer the drops lying down. To be honest I didn't think it would make much difference as I had been tilting my head back anyway. However, they do seem to be staying in better and one reason I know more is going in is the taste.
Yesterday, I felt like I had a bad taste in my mouth a bit. I actually wondered if it was the drops but it seemed a bit silly that I would be able to taste them when they are going in via my eyes. Sure enough though that is what it is. Today after administering them lying down the taste is awful and is hard-impossible to get rid of. I'm surprised my daughter hasn't complained.
However after the first two drops of the day my eyes feel and look normal, as do my daughters. I will of course carry on with the two hour doses for the rest of the day as instructed though. For the rest of the day I applied the drops every two hours as instructed and everything went without problem, other than the fact that the taste began to bother me more and more.
After 48 hours the dose was supposed to be reduced to just twice a day for the next three days. My eyes however were still really gunked up on Saturday morning, so I applied more often. Obviously I'm not recommending you do this, as the pack says not to, but I did anyway. I applied every two hours on Saturday, but my daughter I just applied twice as hers had cleared up well.
Sunday morning my eyes were a bit gunky but not overly, hard to tell to be honest, if just normal amount of sleep or whether it's still the conjunctivitis. Applied twice, morning and night. Monday woke up eyes normal but will still apply it twice today.
Both my eyes and my daughters have cleared up so big thumbs up for Optrex there.
One thing I am going to mention, although I do not know if it is connected is on Sunday I lost my voice, and today (Monday ) it is still not back. I had wondered if it is anything to do with the drops since they seem to go onto my throat after applying them but obviously I can't say that it is that, it could just be coincidence. I haven't been poorly or anything though my voice has just completely disappeared. It doesn't list this as a side effect on the leaflet though so perhaps just a weird coincidence.
The drops need to be kept at between 2° to 8°C, so I stored them in the fridge between uses. You shouldn't wear contacts whilst using this (or whilst you have an eye infection at all really, I think that goes without saying) and you shouldn't let the eye dropper touch your eye/eyelashes or it could become contaminated. There's a whole host of other information included in the leaflet in the box. You are to use the drops for the full five days, even when the infection has cleared up, but if it doesn't clear up go to you doctors and do not continue to use for longer than five days. It mustn't be used on children under 2 or if you are pregnant or breast feeding. More information is on the leaflet, read it before using them.
So how does the stuff actually work? Well the active ingredient it contains is chloramphenicol which is an antibiotic which are used to fight infections caused by bacteria (nice!). So here in simple terms, for those who want to know, is how it works. It prevents the bacteria producing proteins which it needs to grow, therefore the infection can't grow and the remaining bacteria are killed off by the body's immune system.
All in all the drops did there job and cleared up the infection so they have to get full marks there. Where they lose some marks is the taste (although this is perhaps unavoidable) and the price. They know specifically how many drops you are going to use, as it is clearly stated by them. So why they would sell you enough to probably last you a year (when it clearly states to throw it out after five days) can ONLY be to make more money. Considering conjunctivitis is highly contagious, and you can not share drops between family members (again the bottle doesn't touch your eyes so is this just to make more money?) it can work out to be one of the most expensive illnesses your child will bring home from nursery at around £5 a bottle per every family member that catches it.
Being a teacher has its pros and cons. The major disadvantages for me are all of the germs that spread around the classroom with sneezing, coughing etc.
~ My Experience ~
This leads me on to how I recently suffered from conjunctivitis.
One of the little 'darling's' Mum sent her in with a very nasty looking eye, all watery and gunky, it then spread to two other members of the class and I was the third victim and it's not a pleasant thing to have especially when you get it on a Saturday morning having planned a big night out! Typical that I got it on a weekend!
I woke up with a horrendous gritty feeling in my eye and constant watering of the eye. Having checked and found nothing I waited another few hours before going to my local pharmacy at Sainsburys.
One look at it and the pharmacist declared that it was conjunctivitis.
I took her advice and bought some Optrex Infected Eyes, Eye Drops. It comes in a 10ml bottle and cost £4.99, not cheap but anything was better than the discomfort the infection was causing.
~ What is conjunctivitis? ~
It can be caused by bacteria, allergies and viruses.
It is contagious, hence how I ended up with it!!
Infective conjunctivitis affects one eye but can be spread to the other one if you rub your eyes. The eye is sore and red and there is usually a greeny / yellowy discharge which can make your eyelids stick together when you wake up.
~ Directions for Use ~
This is aimed at acute bacterial infections of the eyes.
There is a little screw top red top on the bottle, the seal of which has to be broken before using it.
For the first 48 hours it is advised that you use 1 drop every 2 hours.
If the infection hasn't cleared totally after 48 hours, administer 1 drop every 4 hours. But if symptoms haven't improved by the 48 hours, it's advised that you go to your GP.
Any remaining fluid in the bottle is supposed to be discarded after the 5 day treatment.
The eye drops are suitable from 2 years upwards.
~ Did it work for me? ~
I'm terrible with eyes and can't even administer eye drops for anyone else so I had to get someone else to put the drops in.
You put the drop in at the corner of your eye where the tear duct is, trying to keep your eye open until the drop goes in.
Once administered, I found it much better if I kept my head tilted upwards with my eyes closed as quite a lot of the drop does dribble down your face.
My awful symptoms had virtually cleared up after 24 hours of starting the treatment but I continued for a further 24 hours so as to ensure that all of the infection had totally gone.
~ Optrex and the products ~
Optrex are leading eyecare experts with a comprehensive range of effective products to treat all kinds of eye conditions which can be broken down in to 3 categories:
1 ) Pharmacy Strength Care ~ treats, sore, red, itchy eyes or conditions:
* Sore Eyes Eye Drops
* Red Eyes Eye Drops
* Allergy Eye Drops
* Infected Eyes Eye Drops
2) Everyday Care ~ refreshes and hydrates eyes with natural plant extract and moisture-replenishing witch hazel:
* Refreshing Drops
* Comforting Preservative Free Drops
* Eye Wash with Eye Bath
3) Pampering Care ~ brightens and soothes your eyes:
* Brightening Drops
* Soothing Disposable Masks
Optrex state that there is nothing more effective at treating acute bacterial conjunctivitis without a prescription. I've never tried any other products but I found this to be absolutely brilliant at treating my condition.
Hopefully I will never get this again but if I do I will certainly be going back to Optrex Infected Eyes Eye Drops.
For more info on the range of Optrex eye treatments visit www.optrex.co.uk
Optrex infected eyes eye drops contain the active ingredient chloramphenicol, which is a type of medicine called an antibiotic. Antibiotics are used to treat infections caused by bacteria.