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What are Optrex Bloodshot eye drops?

Optrex Bloodshot eye drops are specially formulated to relieve the appearance of bloodshot eyes, which is characterised by a distinctive redness and more visceral appearance of blood vessels.

These eye drops are formulated to relieve inflammation and discomfort associated with bloodshot eyes.

Optrex Bloodshot eye drops contain 2 active ingredients, distilled witch hazel and naphazoline hydrochloride, which work in tandem to relieve swelling and inflammation within the eyes.

What causes blood shot eyes?

There are many potential causes of bloodshot eyes, including dirt, smoke or other pollutants and irritants coming into contact with your eyes, infections (conjunctivitis) or a burst blood vessel.

In many cases, red eyes are not serious and should clear up on their own. In some cases, however, redness of the eye can be the sign of an infection, which your GP will need to treat.

While bloodshot eyes can clear up on their own, they can be uncomfortable and irritating. If you find your bloodshot eyes to be particularly bothersome, you can use treatments such as Optrex Bloodshot eyes to relieve any discomfort and clear the condition up.

Irritants such as dirt, smoke and pollen can irritate the eyes, resulting in inflammation in and around the eyes. If an irritant isn't cleared from the eye promptly, it could lead to an infection and worsen your symptoms.

Infections, such as conjunctivitis, can also cause irritation and inflammation. An infection in the eye may be accompanied by an infectious discharge.

Wearing contact lenses can also lead to bloodshot eyes. It is often recommended to wear contact lenses for no longer than 12 consecutive hours a day. Applying and removing contact lenses increases your risk of eye infections as you run the risk of introducing bacteria and dirt into your eye. Always wash your hands before and after applying and removing contact lenses, and always wash your contact lenses in contact lens cleaning solution.

If you are experiencing pain, or are wearing contact lenses, while you experience bloodshot eyes, you should speak to your doctor as it could be a sign of an eye infection.

If you experience disturbances to your vision, such as flashing, wavy patterns, or complete loss of vision, go straight the A&E department of the nearest hospital.


How can I treat a bloodshot eye?

Bloodshot eyes usually go away on their own and are not typically life threatening, though they can be uncomfortable. If you are suffering discomfort, there are a number of things you do to treat bloodshot eyes.

If you have a bloodshot eye and wear contacts, swap your contact lenses for glasses instead. Wash your contacts in contact cleaning solution before reinserting them.

It is important not to rub your eyes while they are bloodshot. Rubbing your eyes can introduce your eyes to further dirt or bacteria, which can worsen your symptoms. If you have dirt in your eye, rubbing the afflicted eye can increase the risk of a corneal abrasion - a scratch on the outermost layer of the eye.

Try placing a cold compress over the affected eye - this could be a ball of cotton wool or a towel soaked in water.

Avoid wearing eye make-up until the condition has cleared. Make-up, especially eyeliner, may exacerbate present symptoms. You should consider using hypoallergenic make-up, which is less likely to affect you.

Speak to a pharmacist if you are unsure which treatments would be best for you. They will be able to suggest the most suitable treatment for you.

Optrex Bloodshot doesn't require a prescription. You can buy Optrex Bloodshot eye drops online from Prescription Doctor today.


How do I use Optrex eye drops?

You should always wash your hands before applying eye drops to prevent any debris from getting in your eye.

Before using Optrex eye drops, check the solution to make sure it is clear. Do not use Optrex eye drops if the solution appears cloudy or discoloured.

If you wear contact lenses, take them out before applying Optrex eye drops. You can reinsert your contact lenses once 15 minutes have elapsed since you applied the drops.

Tilt your head back, look up and pull your lower eyelid down.

Holding the dropper directly over your eye, gently squeeze to administer 1 drop into your eye.

Close your eye for 1 or 2 minutes.

Repeat these steps for your other eye if necessary.

Do not use Optrex eye drops more than 4 times a day.

If your symptoms do not improve within 24 hours, stop using Optrex eye drops and speak to your doctor.


Side effects and cautions

All medicines carry the potential risk of side effects, though not everybody experiences them. Being aware and vigilant of any potential side effects is an important part of your treatment.

Side effects of Optrex Bloodshot eyes may include:

  • Discomfort after applying the drops
  • Mild stinging after applying the drops
  • Short period of blurred vision after applying the eye drops

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of this medicine can be found within the included pamphlet enclosed with your treatment.

Alternatively, you can view the patient information leaflet online here.

If you experience any side effects, regardless of whether they are listed above or in the supporting literature, inform your doctor or ask a pharmacist for assistance.

Allergic reaction

Do not use Optrex Bloodshot eye drops if you are allergic to naphazoline hydrochloride, distilled witch hazel or any of the other excipients of this medication.

If you experience an allergic reaction to Optrex Bloodshot eye drops, stop using them and seek immediate medical attention by going straight to the casualty department of your nearest hospital.

Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  • Dry, red, and cracked skin
  • Tightening of the chest

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist before using Optrex Bloodshot eyes eye drops.

Other safety information

Always seek your doctor's advice before you buy Optrex Bloodshot eye drops online.

Do not use this product if you have glaucoma, other eye diseases or have had eye surgery.

Do not use Optrex if you are being treated for high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, diabetes or thyroid problems.

If you need to use Optrex Bloodshot eye drops for longer than 14 days, speak to your doctor.

Always store the bottle in the original carton away from sunlight.

Take care when handling ocular solutions. If handled wrongly, the bottle can become contaminated with common bacteria and lead to eye infections.

Be careful not to touch the tip of the bottle on your eye or any other surface.

Always replace the cap securely after use.

Do not use Optrex eye drops past the expiry date printed on the packaging.

Do not use Optrex eye drops for more than 28 days after opening the bottle. After 28 days, you should discard of the medicine - this is because the medicine can only stay sterile for a short period.

Never throw away medicine via household or water waste. Ask your local pharmacy to safely dispose of any unwanted or expired medicine on your behalf.

Always keep medicine out of the sight and reach from children and pets.


Frequently asked questions

What should I do if I forget to take Optrex when I should?

If you forget to use Optrex, use it as soon as you remember and continue to use it as you normally would. Do not apply more eye drops to make up for the ones you forgot.

What should I do if I apply too many eye drops?

If you apply more than one drop to the eye, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Optrex?

While alcohol is unlikely to affect Optrex, alcohol can cause dehydration which may exacerbate the symptoms of dry eyes.

Can Optrex be used with contact lenses?

Remove your contact lenses before applying the eye drops. Wait 15 minutes before putting your contact lenses back in.


Table of contents

What are Optrex Bloodshot eye drops?

How can I treat a bloodshot eye?

How do I use Optrex eye drops?

Side effects and cautions

Frequently asked questions

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Optrex Bloodshot eye drops
  • Manufacturer: Reckitt Benckiser
  • Active Ingredient(s): Naphazoline hydrochloride, distilled witch hazel
  • Administration: Ophthalmic
  • Presentation: Eye drops
  • Exemption: Pharmacy
  • Dosage: Apply 1 drop into the affected eye(s). Do not use more than 4 times a day.
  • Description: Optrex relieves the appearance of red and bloodshot eyes.
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Speak to your doctor or a pharmacist before using Optrex eye drops if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or plan on starting a family.
  • When Breastfeeding: Speak to your doctor or a pharmacist before using Optrex eye drops if you are breastfeeding.
Click here to view the Optrex Bloodshot eye drops - Patient Information Leaflet

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