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Bullock's Buzz: Wonderful Winter Optics Lab Eye Care Collection

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wonderful Winter Optics Lab Eye Care Collection

Win a $50 Eye Care Package!

   Wintertime wreaks havoc on eyes. Cold, blustery gusts of wind and over-heated indoor environments cause dry eyes. Seasonal allergies leave eyes itchy and red.  Lets not forget all of the colds and flus that leave your eyes red, itchy and dry, too!  And if your wear contacts, it can be even worse!  So when I received a package of eye care products from Optics Lab, the maker of OcuFresh and MiniDrops, I could swear my eyes teared up with gratitude!  Well, maybe not that dramatic, but I was happy and excited to try their Winter eye care Collection!


   There are many types of eye-drops available, but did you know that there are different types that are to be used for specific purposes?  Below is a list of the most common types and what their proper use is.
  • Eye Wash – most often used as a remedy for urgent care situations such as when foreign particles get in your eyes.  Everyone has had this happen, and waiting for tears to naturally wash it out can take too long, and the instinct to rub your eye to get it out can do much more damage than help!  This is what eye wash is for.
  • Eye Drops that “Get the Red Out” – these drops are called ‘constrictors’ because they force the eye’s blood vessels to constrict, therefore “getting the red out”.  Did you know that the more these type of drops are used, the more they are needed to be used to get rid of the redness?  This can lead to an ‘addictive’ pattern of use and other long-term health problems.
  • Lubricant Eye Drops – these drops add moisture to provide temporary relief of dry eye syndrome.   They are not eye washes, and do not provide the benefit of cleaning.
  • Rewetting Eye Drops – this is used for when you do not want to remove your contacts, but still need to add moisture to your eyes and lenses.
  • Sterile Saline Rinse – for rinsing contact lenses after disinfection, and also for wetting them before putting them in your eyes.  It is not meant to be used as eye drops.

   Optics Lab makes many of these products, and I had the opportunity to try quite a few of their eye care products.  I was sent this great OcuWash tote bag that was filled with eye care products!  Inside the bag was $50 worth of much needed eye care relief including OcuFresh Eye Wash, MiniDrops Lubricant Eye Drops, Eye-Cept Rewetting Drops and OcuSave Eye Vitamin and Mineral Supplements. All of these products help preserve and improve the health of your eyes.

OcuFresh Eye Wash


What They Say:   cleans your eyes to remove pollen, air pollutants, loose foreign material and chlorinated water to help relive your eyes from stinging, irritation, burning, itching and discomfort.  Preservative-free and sterile, safe for the entire family.  Although this is mainly used for urgent care, it can also be used regularly to aid with burning, stinging and other irritation caused by pollen, pollutants, and other such irritants.

What I Say:  I love how this comes in handy, single-use bottles that are easy to carry without taking up a bunch of room in your purse, backpack, pockets, car and anywhere else you choose to carry it.  There is also a small cup included to use if you need.  Wouldn’t you know, maybe a week after the products arrived, something got into my eye that I was not able to get out by blinking until natural tears washed it out.  It was quite painful, and each time I blinked it felt like it was moving around and scratching my lens.  I was so happy I had some OcuWash to help remove it!  I easily and quickly opened one of the single-use bottles by turning the twist-off “tab” until it came off, providing a small opening for the wash to come out.  I leaned my head back and held it a few inches above my eye. Since the bottles are a soft, malleable plastic, I was able to control the flow by adjusting how hard I squeezing it. The wash was a bit chilly, but it quickly removed the item from my eye.  At the same time, the cool wash provided instant relief to my irritated eye.   I make sure to keep a bottle in my purse, and send two with my husband since he works in construction where it is very easy to get stuff in your eyes.


MiniDrops Lubricant Eye Drops


What They Say:  preservative-free lubricant eye drops for use as a protectant and/or lubricant against further irritation or to relieve dryness of the eye.  Helps temporarily relieve burning and irritation due to dryness of the eye, and discomfort due to wind, sun and other minor irritations. It is safe for daily use, and comes in biodegradable, convenient, single-use droppers.  Safe for the whole family, even those with sensitive eyes.
What I Say:  winter really irritates my eyes, cold winds and constantly blowing heat leaves my eyes dry and they often have a burning sensation, especially when I wear my glasses.  So I couldn’t wait to try MiniDrops!  They come in small, single use, soft plastic vials with twist off tab tops that are easily removed.  The small vials are perfect for carrying around, and the fact that they are single-use eliminates the possibility of bacteria getting around the hole and in turn into my eyes.  I find that my eyes burn worse when I am inside working on the computer or watching TV, especially since we have electric heat which is incredibly drying!  I was delighted to find that just a few drops of MiniDrops per eye provided immediate, long-lasting relief!   One little vial contains enough drops for both eyes. I love this stuff!


Eye-Cept Rewetting Drops


What They Say:  these rewetting drops contain absolutely no thimerosal, other mercury-containing ingredients, chlorhexidine or other preservatives.  They are designed to improve the comfort of lens wearers by rewetting and rehydrating soft contacts.  Safe to use through out the day, for all lens-wearing family members.  Can be used with daily wear and extended wear soft contacts.  Not to be used for storage or disinfecting.
What I Say:  winter, and spring, are two of the worst seasons for me as a contact lens wearer!  The lens constantly dry out in my eyes, making them incredibly uncomfortable to wear.  The cold winds and warm heated air also dry them out, and leave my eyes burning.  I often use some type of re-wetting drops, but have noticed many only provide a short time worth of relief, or no relief at all depending on the brand.  The first time I tried Eye-Cept Rewetting Drops, the relief was instant and lasted for a good while!  They also work great to clear my lenses when they get cloudy, as well as quickly and easily removes particles of dust and other foreign matter.


OcuSave Eye Vitamin and Mineral Supplement


What They Say:  contains Lutein and Zeaxanthin for optimum eye health, may help prevent or slow the progression of macular degeneration, may help reduce the risk of cataracts, contains essential minerals to support ocular nutrition, powerful antioxidants for healthy eye vision.  One soft gel per day helps to ensure vitality and health for your eyes.  Like all supplements, these are not meant to treat, treat, prevent or cure any disease.
What I Say:  I like taking one, soft, easy-to-swallow supplement to help ensure the health of my eyes.


My Verdict:
  I am impressed with how well all of these product work to help me care for the health of my eyes.  All of the different drops do exactly what they are mean to do, and the supplements contain some of the most important vitamins and minerals for eyes.  With plenty of weeks of cold weather left, and Spring and it’s pollen, hay fever and allergies right around the corner, all of these products will help me be prepared to keep my eyes fresh and bright!
   All of these Optics Lab products can be found at many major drug stores and groceries such as CVS, Winn Dixie Harris Teeter and more, as well as many fine online retailers such as drugstore.com, Amazon and more  !
Win this great tote filled with soothing, refreshing Optics Lab eye care products!

Blue Tote and 4 products - Jpeg

   One lucky Bullock’s Buzz fan will win an Optics Lab Eye Care reusable tote bag filled with refreshing, soothing eye care products from Optics Lab including OcuFresh Eye Wash, MinDrops Lubricant EyeDrops, Eye-Cept Rewetting Drops and OcuSave Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (a $50 value!)  Simply enter the Giveaway Tools form below!   This giveaway is open to the US only, and will begin at 7pm tonight and end February 21st at 7pm.




At February 13, 2013 at 3:34 PM , Blogger Amy said...

I love the little travel minidrops... those would be great to throw down into my purse !

At February 13, 2013 at 3:44 PM , Blogger Shari Lynne @ www.faithfilledfoodformoms.com said...

Awesome Alaina! My 14 year old daughter has dry eye syndrome and it drives her crazy..she has to use eye drops everyday. These individual packs would come in very handy!

At February 13, 2013 at 4:00 PM , Blogger Joy Harris said...

I have so much trouble keeping my eyes moist. I'll have to enter and win to try these!

At February 13, 2013 at 4:09 PM , Blogger Mandee said...

Interesting product! This would definitely be helpful, especially during allergy season with my family full of allergies! Thanks!

At February 13, 2013 at 4:20 PM , Blogger http://livingatthewhiteheadszoo.blogspot.com/ said...

Thanks for sharing this I'll have to tell my husband about these.

At February 13, 2013 at 4:27 PM , Blogger Melissa Pezza said...

Thanks for sharing. I have such sensitive eyes that this would be great!!

At February 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM , Anonymous Dee from MadameDeals said...

I so need these products! My eyes is often dry and I have to often use lubricant eye drops.

At February 13, 2013 at 4:55 PM , Blogger Mellissa Hanks said...

I have a friend who totally needs this! I'll be back for the giveaway. I have no idea they made supplements for this.

At February 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM , Blogger Pam said...

I love their products. Have been using them for several years now. Great review!

At February 13, 2013 at 7:06 PM , Blogger lena jeanne said...

hmmm I honestly have never thought of taking any of the supplements for my eyes...my mom has macular degeneration..makes me rethink this! Thanks for the ideas!!!!

At February 13, 2013 at 7:50 PM , Blogger Just Short said...

Would love for my husband to try the eye drops. Thanks so much for sharing.

At February 13, 2013 at 7:54 PM , Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Thanks for sharing those! I know that my spouse need some stuff for his contacts and occasionally complains about irritation. I didn't know there were supplements for the eyes.

At February 13, 2013 at 7:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love their products, my son uses the drops for contacts all the time.

At February 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM , Blogger Kelly R said...

My husband would love this... He suffers so bad with allergies and his eyes are always bothering him.

At February 13, 2013 at 8:28 PM , Anonymous jenny at dapperhouse said...

What a great invention! My daughter has chronic dry eyes and these mini packs are going to be great for her to put in her car, at work, every purse, etc instead of always losing her one expensive bottle!! Thank you for introducing me to all the cool new products.

At February 13, 2013 at 8:46 PM , Blogger Alaina Bullock said...

They really are the perfect size and so handy!

At February 13, 2013 at 8:47 PM , Blogger Alaina Bullock said...

These would definitely help her out! Enter the giveaway!!

At February 13, 2013 at 8:47 PM , Blogger Alaina Bullock said...

I love them...no more dry eyes!

At February 13, 2013 at 8:48 PM , Blogger Alaina Bullock said...

Yes, these will be a huge help during the worst allergy seasons!

At February 13, 2013 at 8:48 PM , Blogger Alaina Bullock said...

They work very well for sensitive eyes!

At February 13, 2013 at 8:49 PM , Blogger Alaina Bullock said...

There are great! Thank you for the compliment!

At February 13, 2013 at 8:49 PM , Blogger Alaina Bullock said...

Yes, do! I never thought about it either until i spoke with my eye doctor, then tried these!

At February 13, 2013 at 8:50 PM , Blogger Alaina Bullock said...

These really would help him!

At February 13, 2013 at 8:51 PM , Blogger Alaina Bullock said...

you are welcome! Enter the giveaway, a good way to try before you buy if you win! Although, you'd love them if you did go ahead and get some!

At February 14, 2013 at 12:04 AM , Blogger Mimi B said...

I had no idea about the redness drops becoming addictive! I don't use them, but wow. And I love those ones you can drop in your purse!! Never heard of these before so I love what I've read!

At February 14, 2013 at 6:36 AM , Blogger Mrs.Sasser said...

Great review as always. Can't wait to try mine!!

At February 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM , Blogger Sny Med said...

Oh, I could definitely use some of those! Thanks for telling us about this product!

Jenna Em

At February 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM , Blogger Susan Bewley said...

Thanks for sharing this! Looks pretty great!

At February 14, 2013 at 1:21 PM , Blogger Vonnie Bailey said...

Eye health - I keep forgetting to take care of my eyes. Thanks for sharing!

At February 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM , Blogger pattersonchick said...

thanks for sharing! sounds amazing i def need to try them

At February 14, 2013 at 7:46 PM , Blogger Kristin Wheeler said...

The mini travel ones look good!

At February 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM , Blogger Colette S said...

I need to see about getting me some for my eyes, esp since I spend so much time on screen.

At February 15, 2013 at 8:27 AM , Blogger Patricia Woolverton said...

Thanks for sharing these definitely seem to be great products. I will have to look for them in the store.

At February 15, 2013 at 6:19 PM , Blogger Tammy Graham said...

I love the eye washes. I need to get some of these for my daycare kids, they are always getting sand in their eyes when they are outside playing. I will be looking for these next time I am shopping at WalMart. I never realized they made such a thing.

At February 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM , Blogger Kelsey House said...

I don't usually use eye washes or anything like that because I don't wear contacts and I usually don't have problems with my eyes, but fiance ALWAYS has problems lol so this is perfect for him! Thank you!

At February 17, 2013 at 3:59 PM , Blogger Julia roger said...

Itone Eye Drops is Herbal Solution to Treat Allergies in Eyes, Redness in Eyes

At February 20, 2013 at 1:08 PM , Blogger Patricia Woolverton said...

Hope I win. I would love to have this!


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