Sore eyes

Sore eyes

Many factors in your everyday lifestyle and environment can irritate your eyes, making them feel sore and uncomfortable.

What are the main causes?

  • Staring at a computer screen for long periods can cause eye strain which in turn can lead to a bloodshot appearance.
  • Lack of sleep - When we are tired our eyes can look bloodshot, particularly problematic the morning after a late night!
  • Pollution - exhaust fumes, smoke, dust and chemicals can irritate the eyes making them sore
  • Swimming - The chlorine used in swimming pools can be particularly irritating to your eyes
  • Age - As we get older our eyes become more sensitive to irritants as the eye's natural protective and repairing processes start to slow down.
  • Glare and bright lights force the eyes to strain in order to protect them from the light, which can in turn make the eyes feel sore.

What are the symptoms?

Sore eyes often look normal but sometimes you'll also notice signs of redness. Your eyes will probably feel gritty & itchy and may also be slightly watery. Both eyes are usually affected.

What can I do about it?

Optrex Sore Eye Drops (Pharmacy only)* for the relief of minor eye irritations caused by dusty or smoky atmosphere, driving or close work. They contain natural plant extracts.

Top Tips:

  • Try and get plenty of sleep by avoiding repeated late nights
  • When driving long distances take a break at least every 2 hours
  • Take regular breaks from your computer screen - look away from the screen every 5 minutes for a few seconds and take a few blinks.
  • Avoid glare from computers by reducing screen brightness or using a screen shield.
  • Wear goggles when swimming to stop chlorine irritating the eyes.

Want to know more?

Find out more about Optrex Sore Eye Drops (Pharmacy only). Contain Hamamelis Water (Witch Hazel). Always read the label.


*Optrex Sore Eye Drops contain Hamamelis Water (Witch Hazel). Always read the label.