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After wearing contact lenses, I realised I seemed to be more prone to getting red eyes as the little capillaries in my conjunctiva would create little red patches every now and then. I searched the market and soon found this product, which I ordered online and decided to give a go. I now keep it in my bathroom cupboard and it has become a commonly used product to keep my sclera's white!
Common causes of eye redness include allergens such as smoke, dust, pollen and more. This product is aimed to reduce eye redness from these. The one side effect that I have noticed is mydriasis, which is more commonly known as the pupil widening. This makes you look a bit weird temporarily but it seems to go after an hour or so, and it's only noticeable up close unless you do get it really bad, in which case it'll look like you have puppy eyes!
The 30ml bottle comes in a little cardboard box, which is primarily white with a red and blue colour design. The Visine logo is rather large in bold blue letters on the front. It says 'Gets the red out' on the box and explains in further detail down below that it can reduce eye redness from minor irritations. Inside the box, which is easily opened, is a little plastic bottle. It has a plastic cover around the lid to prevent it from opening beforehand and once this seal is taken off, you can unscrew the lid to reveal a 'dripper', making it easy to apply into your eye. As with all products that are dripped onto the eye, it is quite irritating in itself as your corneal reflex will make you blink quite a lot and tears may fill your eye! However the benefits do outweigh this.
This product is said to be 'fast acting' and I'd agree it does begin to make a difference within 10 minutes. Luckily it doesn't sting too much upon application so you just have to put up with the uncomfort of some drops going in your eye. The redness seems to fade at first and doesn't seem so bloodshot red. It then completely disappears around half an hour later, which is pretty good. The product does work, and although I have experienced the mydriasis before, it's better than having red eyes! I use it reasonably regularly so it's good that you only need one or two drops per eye. I try to make sure I get them in so I am not wasting the stuff though! You shouldn't use these drops more than 4 times a day in each eye as at the end of the day, they are a drug!
Apparently, if you have narrow angle glaucoma, you should consult your doctor before using this product. I've found it safe myself and have not experienced any bad side effects. It's a little pricey at around £7.00-10.00 in the online shops. The ingredients are as follows:
Tetrahydrozoline Hydrochloride 0.05%, Benzalkonium Chloride 0. 01%, Boric Acid, Edetate Disodium, Purified Water, Sodium Borate, Sodium Chloride.
It's a product that works but I'd only buy it if you really think it's worth it as it is a little expensive! This isn't one I'd buy for the first aid cupboard as the chances of having to use it are probably pretty slim!
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