August 10, 2004
Eye Frisk

I’ve never been a big fan of putting drops into my eyes, but I’ve been overindulging in computers and books for the last couple of days and my eyes were feeling kinda crusty this morning, so I grabbed Tod’s bottle of Sante FX Neo.

“Whooooo, refreshing!!” he exclaims every time he drops them in. I should have taken that as a warning. But I tried them anyway.

I didn’t read the ingredients before I used them. If I had, I might have stopped myself. The contain neostigmine menthylsulfate (minty!), aminoethylsulfonic acid (aka taurine), potassium L-asparate, tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride (vasoconstrictor) , chlorpheniramine maleate (antihistamine), and e-aminocaproic acid (used to stop bleeding during surgery).

Ouch! Refreshing! Ooooooh! Refreshing!

Sante FX Neo are sold only in Japan, so overseas readers won’t be able to try them. But follow along with the instructions to get the idea:

  1. Drop a Frisk or an Altoid into your eye.
  2. Repeat with the other eye before you chicken out.
  3. Blink. Tear up.
  4. Jump around a bit trying to get the mints out.
  5. Note the mentholated tear tracks burning your skin.
  6. Feel refreshed when the pain finally stops.

That’s the effect of these eyedrops. Will I use them again? Maybe…

Posted by kuri at August 10, 2004 03:21 PM


I also use the water for rinsing our eyes. Did you try it?

Posted by: Mieko on August 10, 2004 07:38 PM

I laughed out loud at #1. I hate eye drops. My eyes get dry at night (I learned that G-mom Helen had the same problem), so I tried using an eye lubricant at bedtime. It made my eyes all greasy. “Drop a tablespoon of Eye Lube or bacon fat into your eye…”

Posted by: Jenny on August 10, 2004 10:00 PM

You can read a fantastic translation of the Santen product page at

Posted by: distalzou on August 11, 2004 03:36 AM
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