Optimel Manuka honey based products

Optimel Manuka eye drops/gel

are Manuka honey based products to be used on the eye for the relief and management of dry eyes and blepharitis.

Heard all the buzz about Optimel Manuka eye drops?

Optimel products (from Melcare) are made with pharmaceutical grade honey (from bees of the Leptospermum species) and when used with lubricating eye drops can help stabilise the surface health of the eye.

  • Drops 16.5% honey
  • Forte gel 98% honey (use on the lid margin)

Optimel Manuka eye products provide a transient low pH, hyperosmotic environment and are associated with spontaneous tearing and blinking that rapidly displaces the honey to the eyelid margin while flushing the eye surface.

The Optimel product range

We supply both the Optimel Manuka eye drops and gel in the UK.


The non-Newtonian behaviour of the hydrocolloid gum used in Optimel products complements the honey and helps provide a “lubrication effect”, improving the micro environment on the ocular surface. This helps reduce mechanical erosion and desiccation of the ocular surface in sufferers of chronic dry eye, thereby stabilising surface health of the eye and reducing redness.


The honey aids eye lid-margin hygiene – as a humectant, any “crust” formed in the presence of honey is more likely to be soft and soluble, with the low pH environment limiting bacterial growth thereby reducing lid margin bacteria and the consequential inflammation around the meibomian gland ducts.

Other products by Melcare

As well as their eye care products Melcare make a range of other Manuka honey based products for skin care, coughs and colds. Manuka honey is renowned for its naturally antiseptic proprieties so ideal for these conditions.

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Where to buy Optimel & Melcare products

Ask at your local optical practice for Optimel Manuka honey products by name. If they do not stock the products already, please ask them to contact us on 0345 838 6704 to place an order and become a stockist.


You can also buy directly from various online retailers.


If you are an optical practice wishing to stock Optimel Manuka honey products, please contact us on 0345 838 6704.

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