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SKU: 95761

Refresh PM Lubricant Eye Ointment (3.5g)

Rated 4.6 out of 5
9 Reviews
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     About Refresh P.M. Lubricant Eye Ointment

    • Active ingredients: Mineral oil and white petrolatum
    • Preservative-free
    • 3.5g (1/8 oz) tube
    • Nighttime protective ointment

    Description (by Rebecca)

    Refresh PM has pretty much always won the ointment popularity contest. Back in 2017-19 there was a production hiatus that was really hard on our community, but it came back strong and thankfully there is plenty of supply now. 

    Some longtime users feel that it is "different" now. There was no change to the ingredients, but there is new packaging and it seems to be affecting the viscosity because if there's a complaint, it's that it is "runnier". For some users, this seems to be addressed adequately by just refrigerating it.

    Ointment selection tips

    There are lots of lubricating eye ointments on the market. The are mostly made of white petrolatum and mineral oil. There are two key distinguishing features that separate one ointment from another:

    1. Proportion of petrolatum to mineral oil

    • Systane and Genteal 94% white petrolatum, 3% mineral oil
    • Soothe 80% white petrolatum, 20% mineral oil
    • REFRESH PM: 57.3% white petrolatum, 42.5% mineral oil

    As you can see, Refresh PM has by far the least petrolatum. This does NOT matter for everyone, of course. As with eyedrops. everyone has their favorite and we'll probably never know all the reasons why we all vary so much in our tolerances. But it's my personal belief that the high mineral oil content compared to petrolatum is a key reason why Allergan's ointment is so popular.

    2. Lanolin alcohol

    Most ointments contain lanolin alcohol. The only two that I know of on the US market that don't are B&L's Soothe and Ocusoft's Retaine PM. So for those of you with wool allergy or who suspect some kind of ingredient tolerance issue with ointments other than the petrolatum, those may be your best choices.

    3. Safety

    In early July 2019 11 different over-the-counter and prescription ointments were recalled due to potential sterility issues. Frankly, the generic manufacturers are going to have to work hard to win back our trust. There are no guarantees in life, but those recalls were devastating news and we're only going to be recommending name brands from trusted companies for the foreseeable future!

    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, especially if they also use some kind of night protection (shield, mask, goggle, etc.). Personally, I do not use ointments - I prefer a moisture goggle plus strong drop.

    Description (from the manufacturer's literature)

    REFRESH P.M.® provides strong, soothing nighttime relief for more intense dry, irritated eyes. Ideal for use at bedtime. 

    Safe to use as often as needed. 

    Drug Facts (from manufacturer's site):

    Active Ingredients

    Mineral Oil 42.5%

    White Petrolatum 57.3%

    Uses

    • For the temporary relief of burning, irritation, and discomfort due to dryness of the eye or exposure to wind or sun.
    • May be used as a protectant against further irritation.

    Warnings 

    • For external use only.
    • To avoid contamination, do not touch tip of container to any surface.
    • Replace cap after using.
    Stop use and ask a doctor if you experience eye pain, changes in vision, continued redness or irritation of the eye, or if 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 right away.

    Directions

    Pull down the lower lid of the affected eye and apply a small amount (one-fourth inch) of ointment to the inside of the eyelid.

    Other Information

    • Store away from heat.
    • Protect from freezing.
    • Use only if tape seals on top and bottom flaps are intact.
    • Use before expiration date marked on container.
    • Store at 59°-86°F (15°-30°C).

    Inactive Ingredients

    Lanolin alcohols
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    Reviewed by Mary C., from United States
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    I recommend this product
    Age Range
    31 - 40
    Gender
    Female
    Use scleral lenses or PROSE
    No
    Eye Condition(s)
    • Dry eye disease
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Review posted

    Excellent product, yet nothing can be perfect.

    I use this product for symptomatic relief in the night from dry-eye, corneal abrasions, and corneal erosion. I cannot sleep at night without this ointment or I will have an abrasion. The product works but there is one major caveat, after about three-five weeks of sustained use it slowly stops working, then it actually begins to aggravate and dry my eyes. I know I have reached the final point of being able to use it when I wake in the night and cannot move/rotate my eyes (or I get an abrasion). At this point I switch to something else for a while and try to let me eyes reset. I recommend this product.

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    Reviewed by Theron B., from United States
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    I recommend this product
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    51 - 60
    Gender
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    Eye Condition(s)
    • Non-closing eyelid(s)
    Systemic diseases/conditions related to eye issues
    • Facial paralysis
    Rated 5 out of 5
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    Works fine, no preservatives

    I wish it weren't so greasy, but it's grease. Not great to have to grease my eyeball every night, but it's tolerable using this product.

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    Reviewed by Pamela D., from United States
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    I recommend this product
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    71 - 80
    Gender
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    Use scleral lenses or PROSE
    No
    Eye Condition(s)
    • Dry eye disease
    Systemic diseases/conditions related to eye issues
    • Other
    Rated 5 out of 5
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    Night time relief

    I have very dry eyes, exacerbated by my post breast cancer treatment of Tamoxifen. I even had to have eye surgery to encourage tear retention.

    I had already been using this ointment before loss of factory. I tried others for the months it was out of production.

    I was so happy to find the Dry Eye Shop as it kept me informed of the progress of resuming production and thus was able to get a couple tube as soon as available.

    I use it every night; I love it. It takes some soaking with very warm compress every morning to clear my blurry vision...but so worth it.

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    Reviewed by Georgiana S., from United States
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    I recommend this product
    Age Range
    61 - 70
    Gender
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    Use scleral lenses or PROSE
    No
    Eye Condition(s)
    • Dry eye disease
    • Nocturnal lagophthamos
    Rated 5 out of 5
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    Soothing

    I’ve found this nighttime ointment to be the best one that works for me. A little goes a long way and it’s consistency is soothing. Not gummy or sticky. Tried many others in the years that it was off the market and was so happy to find it available again.

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    Reviewed by Joyce E S.
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    Fantastic Results

    After using many, many prescription meds for acute dry eye without results, Wilmer Eye Institute suggested OTC Refresh P.M. Lubricant Eye Ointment, Preservative Free.....it was pure magic!!!! Withing 24 hours, my severe eye pain was gone. I must use every night or pain comes back. Now, I can no longer purchase it.....anywhere but EBay which costs a small fortune. WHY WHY WHY NOTE FROM REBECCA: Thanks for sharing! Yes sadly Refresh PM has been on a long manufacturer backorder (since autumn 2017). I hope it won't be too much longer. My blog post at the following link has suggestions for substitutes in the meantime:

    https://dryeyeshop.com/blogs/news/the-refresh-pm-backorder-saga-what-to-do

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