Cons: Did not give my eyes any relief from itching.
I have suffered with seasonal allergies for the past 34 years, and have done and tried every imaginable cure all on the market. From allergy shots, to all natural remedies like taking bee pollen and liquid chlorophyll. Some worked, some didn't. It wasn't until I found that taking 2000 mg a day of MSM that I found the most relief.
However, this is a particularly bad allergy season in Alaska, and although my friends are much more miserable with their allergies, I am breezing through my summer - except for the occasional itchy eyes. If you have ever experienced this condition, you know what I am talking about. If I rub my eyes, they feel good while I am rubbing them, but when I stop, they are so much worse. Basically, if I start rubbing them, it's all over.
My Dr. prescribed some eye drops for me last summer, but she refused to do it this summer without an office visit. I have a long history of summer allergies, and I wasn't about to pay over $100 just so I could get a prescription.
Then several weeks ago I received a small sample of Alaway Eye Drops in the mail, I think I ordered them from Start Sampling, but can't be for sure. Their arrival was timely.
These are antihistamine eye drops, and come in a small white dropper bottle. They are designed for adults and children 3 years of age and older.
The active ingredient is ketotifen, and it also contains inactive ingredients of benzalkonium chloride, glycerin, sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid, and water.
They are designed to be used twice a day only, and you only apply one drop to the affected eye, and can repeat it in 8-12 hours.
Alaway is made by Bausch and Lomb, and these claim to be the same strength as the original prescription, and that they provide relief within minutes. These eye drops are for the temporary relief of itchy eyes due to ragweed, pollen, grass, animal hair and dander.
The first time I used Alaway, I can't say that it provided much relief, very minimal, but I wanted to give it another try.
When I finished exercising today, my left eye was itching like crazy. I again tried the Alaway drops that I had in the kitchen, and after washing my face and eyes with warm water, I applied one drop to my left eye. I was really hoping that it would start working in minutes, as it claimed, but again, that was not my experience.
When I put the drop of Alaway in my eye, it was a little uncomfortable. It didn't exactly give me a burning sensation like some eye drops do, but it didn't feel good.
It has now been a half an hour since I put the Alaway drop in my eye, and it still itches! I can't imagine not being able to use this again for another 8-12 hours.
I have used numerous eye drops for itch relief in the past, so I have a standard by which I can measure the Alaway drops. I can honestly tell you that I get more relief from my Visine antihistamine drops that I do from the Alaway. In fact, I am hesitant to even give the Alaway a second try, because it didn't give me ANY relief. And I don't want to apply a second antihistamine eye drop so soon after using this one. I don't like mixing medications, and am especially careful when it comes to my eyes. I wish I had used the Visine in the first place!
I know that my eyes are itching because of allergies, as I have been experiencing this sensation for the past 34 years! I am extremely disappointed in the Alaway Eye Itch Relief Drops, and only rate these 1 star, based on my experience.
The bottle holds 0.34 ounces, and retails for around $14.00.