Eyes

Q. I am looking for some effective but gentle eye drops and none of the ones I have tried from high street chemists do the trick.  Can you suggest something?

A.What with cold winds, late nights and peering at screens, eyes can get very tired and sore at this time of year.  If you have tried the options from Boots Pharmaceuticals, Murine and Optrex – the leading brands in this category – and not found what you want, pharmacist Shabir Daya suggests the following, both of which are suitable for contact lens wearers.

• Vizulize Herbal Eye Drops, which contain chamomile and blueberry extracts to help dry irritated and tired eyes, and might be useful for brightening.

• Another option is Potters Refreshing Herbal Eye Drops, which contain witch hazel, chamomile and eyebright (the latter is known to enhance localised circulation and hence brighten eyes).

Sarah also found that Rescue Remedy Spray by Bach Flower Remedies, really soothed tired eyes from long hours at the computer.  Another fantastic boost for the whole eye area isTrilogy Very Gentle Calming Fluid.

A no cost remedy is to stroke an ice cube round your eye area – wrap it in a hankie or napkin first if the cold is too intense.

And lastly, we love lying down for five minutes with a squeezed out, slightly cooled chamomile tea bag on each peeper – brilliant for a quick boost.  (Just take your mascara off first…)

All products are available from www.victoriahealth.com

• Vizulize Herbal Eye Drops/£3.95 for 15 ml – buy here

• Potters Refreshing Herbal Eye Drops/£5.10 for 10 individual doses – buy here

• Rescue Remedy Spray by Bach Flower Remedies/£8 for 20 ml – buy here

• Trilogy Very Gentle Calming Fluid/£28.70 for 30ml – buy here