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Optrex sore eye drops

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Patient Reviews: How Optrex sore eye drops Has Made a Difference

What are Optrex Sore eye drops?

Optrex Sore eye drops help relieve the eyes from discomfort and pain caused by various crux's of modern living.

Optrex Sore eye drops contain distilled witch hazel, which has a cooling effect on the eyes and helps to constrict the tissue and blood vessels to relieve pain.

The active ingredient, distilled witch hazel, has many medical uses as an astringent and is sometimes included in topical treatments to slow down bleeding and help wounds heal faster.

When applied optically (directly to the eye), the astringent properties work to reduce the inflammation in the mucosal tissues of the eye, such as the conjunctiva and cornea.

Optrex eye drops can be bought online from Prescription Doctor without the need of a prescription.

What causes sore eyes?

Throughout our day-to-day lives, our eyes are put under pressure to maintain open and refreshed, increasing the risk of eye strain, dry eyes and other mild optical afflictions.

Pain and redness in the eyes are caused by dilation of the blood vessels. This inflammatory response, which increases blood flow to the affected area, causes pain as it stimulates surrounding nerves.

Common causes of sore eyes include:


Over the years, our use of digital displays has grown exponentially. From larger screens in both our living rooms, offices and even our pockets, to virtual reality headsets, our eyes are being constantly bombarded with harsh bright lights. Staring at screens all day can take its toll, as our eyes remain open for longer. This long exposure allows the protective layer of fluid over our cornea to evaporate. Without this layer, the eyes can't sufficiently lubricate themselves and so pain and irritation set in.

Dust, smoke and pollutants

Pollution is a growing concern in today's climate. Busy streets are a hotbed for dust, smoke and other pollutants from cars and construction sites.

Tiny particles of dust, dirt and smoke in the air can find their way into the eyes. Once there, they can damage the cornea - the outermost layer of the eye - and cause an abrasion.

Chemicals and irritants

Similarly to pollution, some chemicals can emit vapours which affect the tear film of the eye. Household bleach and onions are notorious for causing irritation and discomfort.

Avoiding irritants altogether can be a very difficult task, but there are a number of ways you can prevent these chemicals from affecting you. Keep areas where irritants are present well ventilated by opening windows or utilising extractor fans (in kitchens and bathrooms). When handling irritants, including chillies and onions, make sure to wash your hands after touching them. This can prevent you from accidentally introducing the irritant directly to your eyes.

Season and weather

The time of year and weather patterns can have a detrimental affect on your eyes. Low humidity in the air, which can occur during the winter and summer months, can result in the tear film evaporating.

Strong winds, especially in dry climates, can trigger your tear ducts to produce more tears. This reflex helps to keep the eyes protected.

But the wind can also carry with it pollen, which can have an effect on many people. Similarly to smoke and dust, pollen are small particles which are emitted by plants and trees. Unlike smoke, however, pollen is much finer and affects the body in a different way. In those people who are allergic to pollen, their immune system sees the microscopic entities as a threat and releases a chemical histamine to fight the invasion, resulting in soreness and itching.

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.

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 or 2 drops into your eye.

Close your eye for 1 or 2 minutes.

Repeat these steps for your other eye if necessary.

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 care.

Side effects of Optrex sore 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 for Optrex Sore Eyes online.

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 Sore eyes eye drops if you are allergic to distilled witch hazel or any of the other excipients of this medication.

If you experience an allergic to Optrex sore eyes eye drops, stop using them and seek immediate medical attention.

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 sore eyes eye drops.

Other safety information

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

If you need to use Optrex Sore 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 4 weeks after opening the bottle.

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 Sore eyes eye drops?

What causes sore eyes?

How do I use Optrex eye drops?

Side effects and cautions

Frequently asked questions

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Optrex
  • Manufacturer: Reckitt Benckiser
  • Active Ingredient(s): Distilled witch hazel
  • Administration: Ophthalmic
  • Presentation: Eye drops
  • Available Strength: 13% v/v
  • Exemption: Pharmacy
  • Dosage: 1 drop in each eye
  • Description: Optrex Sore eye drops provide relieve from discomfort and pain in the eye.
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Speak to your doctor or a pharmacist before using Murine 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 Murine eye drops if you are breastfeeding.
  • Price: 4.99 GBP
Click here to view the Optrex sore eye drops - Patient Information Leaflet

Authored & Reviewed By

Mohamed Imran Lakhi

Mohamed Imran Lakhi

MPharm - Lead Pharmacist
Imran Lakhi is the superintendent pharmacist and founder at Prescription Doctor. He has been at the core of our team.

Published on: 13/02/2020 Reviewed on: 13/03/2024

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