This is one of those "get the red out" drops. What makes it different from your typical visine or clear eyes is the menthol. YES, MENTHOL. It gives your eyes a shot of "cooling sensation" which is immediately rendered as painful but after a few seconds really ends up being soothing. I wear contact lenses and have severe dry eye, so I need a dry eye drop. I use the cool version (which has the redness reliever) only as needed and prefer the Hydra (white cap) version for more of a lubricating effect since I can use it more often.
This is one of those those things that will make your eyes look super white if you got no sleep or are super hungover. It's NOT MEANT to be used all the time, since it will cause your eyes to "get used to it" and will cause rebound redness over time. This is coming to you from a future eye doctor. I'm constantly having my eyes dilated from being in med school so this exacerbates the problem of dry/red eyes. The Cool (green cap) does the trick. Ice (blue) is the next step up and is more intense. I have not tried Arctic (silver cap). Ice is enough for me and I don't need anything more intense, but it does exist.
I can apply the green and hydra ones without ruining my makeup (not a LOT of reflex tearing) but Ice makes me tear up something fierce, so I keep those by my makeup and only use them early in the AM when I haven't slept and it's obvious. I bought mine on drugstore.com and I will totally continue to repurchase.
If you want me to confess to something, even if I didn't do it, tie me to a chair and drop this evil stuff into my eyes.
I'm an older (over 55) man with eyes that get dry and red from computer work. These drops were highly touted on Amazon.com, so I bought a bottle. Do you remember Gilda Radner's character, Roseanne Rosannadanna, from Saturday Night Live? Well, I put a drop of this Liquid from Hell in each eye and I THOUGHT I WAS GONNA DIE! The burn was powerful and long lasting enough that I was convinced that I had done myself some irrevocable ocular damage. When the pain abated, my eyes had stopped tearing and I could open them long enough to be able to see, I threw these drops out.
Who in their right mind would knowingly put menthol in their precious eyes on a regular basis?!?!?!?!?!?!
Best eyedrop applicator tip ever. I buy this when it's on sale at Walgreen's so it's not outlandishly expensive. It burns a little bit for a few seconds and makes my eyes a little red at first- but then quickly clears up and makes me look very bushy-tailed! It's like an espresso followed by a strong breath freshener for your eyes.
You might ask yourself: "Why would I use something that seems like it could be painful?" The answer is: because once the initial irritation wears off my sclera are white, bright, and almost blue-white.
These are the only eye drops that really soothe my eyes when they get irritated from contacts or allergies. The price is a little steep for eye drops, but the results are worth it. Even though you really only need one drop per eye, at first it can sting a little.
This gives a cooling and refreshing feel to my eyes when they become dry and red due to lack of sleep or from spending too much time glaring into the computer. Yes, your eyes will feel like they are burning during the initial drops into the eyes (after all, the product contains menthol), but it eventually subsides and the whites of your eyes become noticeably brighter. This is not for everyone and I would caution about using it everyday. My eyes get naturally dry which is why I had to stop wearing contacts. It became too much of a hassle to keep applying lubricating drops throughout the day and buying eye contact solutions geared towards my condition began to add up every month For the overall health of my eyes, I take Udo's oil three times a week to help aid and after a couple of months I notice a big difference. However, these drops give instant, but temporary relief for when I need it and I will sometimes catch my husband using it even though he complains that it burns lol.
Toke much? Lol. These are the best. Always got one on hand ;)
I love this brand of eye drops, the cool are probably the mildest in the product line, they also have ice and artic the strongest. They are so refreshing
So, I will preface this by saying that I do have a condition that causes my eyes to be very dry. I have had tear duct plugs placed to help with that. That being said, I have used many eye drops, both prescription and non, in my lifetime. My eyes tend to get pretty red too, so I really need two things. To reduce redness, and also provide some lasting hydration as well.
I use these for the redness. They do have menthol in them, and they do burn when you first put them in. I have very sensitive eyes, and there has never been a single time that these didn't sting just a little. I prefer that sting than the red eye though. It goes away pretty quickly though. I love the cooling effect, and the redness stays away for awhile.
For the lubricating drops I use the hydra version of these drops. They are a little pricey, but Walmart has the most options for the best price. I put these in first, then the hydra drops. Once in the AM and once in the PM.
These have a nice cooling effect in the eyes and does lubricate them. Makes them slightly whiter but not overly so. I will keep using them though.
I wear contacts and have allergies, so I often find myself with red itchy eyes. This stuff really soothes them, and it feels so good. That zingy, barely tolerable sensation... There's nothing like it. I will add, however, that my ophamologist told me not to use it. It's bad for my eyes. I asked "Why?" He could't give me a direct answer, just "It's not good for your eyes." Sort of tantamount to "Because I said so." Not good enough.
Another use I found for this is reviving mascara. I had a tube of mascara dry out on me, a tube I used only a couple of times and didn't smell funny, and I put a few drops of this in it and it brought it back to life.