Product Type: Optrex medicinal products
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Be gone demon eyes
Optrex Infected Eyes
Member Name: cookie9
Optrex Infected Eyes
Advantages: Works well to clear up the infection
Disadvantages: Needs a fridge
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.
Summary: A really useful over the counter product