SKU: OCU-PN 777-3-75

Retaine PM Nighttime Ointment (5g)

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    Notice: Current stock expires November 2021

    About Retaine PM Nighttime Ointment

    • For nighttime use
    • Preservative-free
    • Active ingredients: petrolatum (80%) and mineral oil (20%)
    • Lanolin-free; similar to Bausch & Lomb Soothe
    • 5g (.17 fl oz) tube

    Description (by Rebecca)

    Which ointment to choose? There are lots of ointments on the market, and they're all made of the same stuff mostly - white petrolatum and mineral oil. The main thing that distinguishes one product from another is the proportions of those two ingredients. Refresh PM is the most balanced (57.3%, 42.5% respectively) while Genteal and Systane ointments are mostly white petrolatum (94%). Retaine PM is in between (80%/20%). For plenty of people the differences may not matter, but certainly I've noticed some over the years who find that the differences matter for their purposes, so comparison shopping can be helpful.

    Another consideration is lanolin alcohol. Most lubricant eye ointments contain it; the two exceptions are Bausch & Lomb Soothe and Retaine PM.

    Should I be using ointment at all? Ointments are attractive for overnight use due to their staying power - unlike polymer drops and gel drops, they don't just dissolve and dissipate in a short time. However, not everyone who has moderate to severe overnight dry eye symptoms therefore has to use an ointment. Many people can get by with a less viscous (not to mention non-greasy!) lubricant, such as a polymer gel or even gel drop, if they also use some kind of night protection (shield, mask, goggle, etc.).  

    Description (manufacturer's)

    Retaine PM Nighttime Ointment provides relief for severe dry eye, irritated eyes. Ideal for use at night before bedtime.

    Active Ingredients

    Mineral Oil (20%) Eye lubricant
    White petrolatum (80%) Eye lubricant


    • As a lubricant to prevent further irritation or to relieve dryness of the eye(s).


    For use in the eyes only.

    When using this product

    • do not touch tip of container to any surface to avoid contamination.
    • replace cap after use.

    Stop use and ask a doctor if

    • you experience eye pain, changes in vision, continued redness or irritation of the eye.
    • the condition worsens or persists for more than 72 hours.

    Keep out of reach of children.

    If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately. 


    • Pull down the lower lid of the eye(s).
    • Apply a small amount (1/4 inch) of ointment to the inside of the eyelid.

    Other information

    • Do not use if carton tamper seals are broken or missing.
    • Store between 16-30 degrees C (59-86 F).
    • Keep this carton for full product information.


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    Reviewed by karen w., from United States
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    Age Range
    61 - 70
    Use scleral lenses or PROSE
    Eye Condition(s)
    • Aqueous deficient dry eye
    • Blepharitis/MGD
    • Non-closing eyelid(s)
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    Retain ophthalmic ointment

    I recently reviewed eye ointments on the Dry Eye Shop website. Important information is also posted and in email newsletters provided by Rebecca. I use ointment at night coupled with a mask to retain moisture/reduce drafts to combat an incompletely closing eyelid; a result of surgical rebuild to address trichaiasis. The cornea dries out despite getting up several times each night to rehydrate. Rebecca indicated Retain was made without lanolin alcohol. This was important as I have a sensitivity to wool (itching AKA pruitis). I had been using Puralube veterinary ointment but my source is no longer carrying it and the company has stopped manufacturing it. One item I also found useful from Rebecca was if Retain was too fluid to refrigerate the product. It works! I find the additional information and nuggets of advice most helpful.

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