User Reviews for Opcon-A to treat Eye Redness/Itching
Opcon-A has an average rating of 5.6 out of 10 from a total of 30 ratings for the treatment of Eye Redness/Itching. 47% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 37% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Opcon-A
"There is one issue, as many others here have stated. The bottle is IMPOSSIBLE to open. The instructions on the cap state "Push Down While Turning". Easy enough, right? Wrong. I tried and tried to open it; I asked coworkers and friends to give it their best shot as well- to no avail. 250 pound brutes of men attempted, and failed. After two weeks of slaving to open this contraption, I have found that the best way to open it is to shove the bottle in your mouth (cap side in, bottle side out), bite down hard on the cap, while lightly holding the bottle in your dominant hand. Bite down hard enough to keep the cap stable, and apply pressure with the side of your teeth and mouth to push the cap inwards.With your dominant hand, spin the bottle in a clockwise motion. If you hear the safety ring clicking, you're doing it wrong. Be careful not to squeeze the bottle while turning the cap, as you don't want to squirt eye-drops into your mouth. But don't let your dentist see you doing this! "
"My last bottle expired, so I purchase a replacement. I brought it home and needed to use it and unfortunately I couldn't open the bottle. How frustrating it is when all of the adults in the household can't even open a bottle of allergy eyedrops. Ugh!!! I sadly had rubbed my eyes pink as a result."
"Like many others, I like the medicine when I can get it open. I looked for directions and a youtube video showing how but nothing. It is a good product, but the child-safe package is adult -safe packaging and is impossible to get open and use. I am glad it is not just me that can't get the thing open."
"Opcon-A relieves my eye soreness and eliminates redness better than any other over-the-counter product (such as Visine) and Pataday (Rx and a bank loan are required, but it causes eye twitching after a few days of use as Pataday instructs). I use Opcon-A once or twice per day only on days that my eyes become tired due to combination of chronic dry eye, possible eye allergy, and lack of sleep. (My eyes are red even on good days except for a while after using Opcon-A.) At age 58 now, no side effects have been observed despite occasional use for many years."
"When I first used this, I thought this was a miracle eye drop. My eyes were fully red, bloodshot, and 1 minute after I dropped the medication in my eye, I was shocked to see fast my eyes looked normal."
"I suffer from year round allergies. My eyes itch and water often. I have noticed these drops do help but after a few seconds of applying the drops in my eyes I have a stinging/burning sensation. I would not recommend this to children if this is a common side effect. The pain does subside after a minute or two. I continue to use the drops because they do seem to help. I just have to wait out the initial pain."
"How to open the bottle in 3 minutes? The instruction as follows: Turn the bottle upside down. Make a small hole on the bottom side. Use an eye dropper to get out the solution. Place the bottle upside down in a small glass, and keep it in your refrigerator. No problem. Done! (PS who designed this, tested this and then manufactured this packaging???)"
"I couldn’t believe that I had to Google how to open the bottle. When I did Google, I saw that many consumers couldn’t open. I finally used an old metal nutcracker and it immediately opened. The drop immediately cleared up the eye redness. Yes. It felt a bit stingy but that resolved quickly."
"To test this product Opcon-A before actually using it, I instilled one drop into my left eye. It caused a bit if discomfort for a few seconds and went away. 20 minutes later when I glanced at myself in the mirror, my left pupil was DILATED so large that I could only see a sliver of my iris. It took hours to go back to normal!"
"This is the first time I used this product Opcon-A and let me tell you this is the best eye drop I ever used and worked immediately. I would recommend this product to anyone who has a teary eye that will not stop due to allergies"
"I love this product. It works great but...getting into it is getting harder & harder. Why is there like a child proof opener on this? I could not open this myself. Had to have someone else do it & it was even hard for them. Come on now, why is it so hard to open? I almost brought it back where I bought it."
"These drops really help with my allergies. The cap was extremely hard to open. I finally used pliers to open and did not screw the cap down after use. I am a senior and don't need a cap like this but will buy again now that I can get the cap off."
"Well, this definitely removes redness. The whites of my eyes were the whitest I've ever seen them. BUT, a little later, my vision started getting blurry. I looked in the mirror and my pupils were so dilated that it made me look awful. Hopefully my pupils get back to normal size and the blurriness goes away. If not, will provide update. Regardless, will never use this product again. Scary!"
"After contracting Lyme disease my immune system became weaker and eye allergy is now a continual issue. Opcon-A has made the difference. My current problem has been going to work in the morning and looking as if I have bloodshot eyes due to drinking alcohol or smoking. There is soap in your eyes feeling when you first apply it, but it quickly goes away."
"I am 80 years old. My health is not the best and so I do not get around much any more, I read a lot using paperbacks and a Kindle Fire HD 8.9, I watch some tv and I use my desk top for news and general knowledge and photography.. If my eyes are burning from allergies, I use Opcon-A and it gives me more relief than other drops I have used. For dry eyes, I use Refresh."
"I would let you know how I like it; however the bottle is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to open. This is like a really bad joke they are playing on consumers. Never again will I throw my money away for a product I can’t even get to!!!!! "
"I'm 45 years old this December. First time I have had eye problems. I tried all the allergy medications . Seem to make things worse. Don’t like putting things in my eyes and don’t like taking medicine. After a lot of research and comparing this product is what I ended up with. I’m very impressed. I have low tolerance to any medication. Great product!!"
"I have never had any trouble opening the bottles as other users have. I prefer this over Zatidor and Pataday. The other two do not resolve the itching from my perennial and environmental allergies, and Pataday is quite expensive for a small bottle, even OTC. Opcon-A does sting for a minute or so after putting in the drops, but it’s not bothersome enough for me to discontinue use."
"Have used Opcon-A seasonally for years due to sever allergies and hay-fever, however the new containers lid has made it difficult for me as a senior citizen to open thus once getting help to open the container I have to set the lid on top which occasionally gets knocked off which runs the risk of contamination of the containers tip. PLEASE bring back the old style lid!!!"
"I really liked this product at first. Great for the redness. Lately when using it the eye I use this product in becomes enlarged, impairing my vision for most of the day. I do wear contacts and am on simvastatin (for cholesterol) so this could affect it."
"Opened my bottle with a bit of downward pressure no problem, placed drops in eyes...about 10 or less later mouth starting feeling weird, like I had eaten mints, then was tingling and lips started to swell. Heart rate increased. Won't be using these any more !"
"I don't usually write reviews but I HATE THIS BOTTLE! I cannot open it. I still cannot open it. Stupid bottle stupid design. I'm glad I'm not alone. Get another brand."
"Can't use it because it cannot be opened."
"Love this product have used it for years, however I have been experiencing arthritis and the newer cap opening is a very difficult operation. Please do something for us seniors."
"I can't open this bottle. VERY frustrating! No directions anywhere. THANKs for nothing Bausch and Lomb"
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