Refresh P.M. Lubricant Eye Ointment (3.5g) - DryEyeShop

Refresh P.M. Lubricant Eye Ointment (3.5g)



Refresh PM Backorder Status

Refresh PM has been backordered at the manufacturer for many months now. The availability date is a moving target. Our latest update from Allergan, May 4, is that they are expecting it to be available in early July.
At this time, once again, we are not accepting backorders due to the uncertainty and unreliability of information provided to date. If you would like to be put on a wait list for quick shipment as soon as we have the product, please email or call us and we will be happy to do so.
Need advice on alternatives? Please see my blog post here about what to do while it's still unavailable. If you need help finding an alternative ointment or gel to tide you over till this product is available again please let us know. You can also use our Ingredient Reference List to compare ointments.

 

About Refresh P.M. Lubricant Eye Ointment

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

Description (by Rebecca)

Vaseline, more or less. 

Which ointment to choose? There are lots of ointments on the market, and they all appear to be 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. Systane and Genteal ointments are 94% white petrolatum and only 3% mineral oil. (However, there is also the possibility of different grades of those ingredients, especially with the generics, which may make them feel different.)

For plenty of people the differences may not matter, but certainly I've noticed some over the years who find that the proportions matter for their purposes, so comparison shopping can be helpful.

Refresh PM, however, has always been the hands-down winner for the night ointment popularity contest, whatever the reasons.

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 (from the manufacturer's literature)

REFRESH P.M.® provides strong, soothing relief for more intense dry eyes in a preservative-free formula. It protects eyes from nighttime dryness and exposure and is ideal for use at bedtime. 

Safe to use as often as needed. Remove contact lenses prior to use.

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 imprinted tape seals on top and bottom flaps are intact and clearly legible.
  • Use before expiration date marked on container.
  • Store at 59°-86°F (15°-30°C).

Inactive Ingredients

Lanolin alcohols

Refresh PM Backorder Status

Refresh PM has been backordered at the manufacturer for many months now. The availability date is a moving target. Our latest update from Allergan, May 4, is that they are expecting it to be available in early July.
At this time, once again, we are not accepting backorders due to the uncertainty and unreliability of information provided to date. If you would like to be put on a wait list for quick shipment as soon as we have the product, please email or call us and we will be happy to do so.
Need advice on alternatives? Please see my blog post here about what to do while it's still unavailable. If you need help finding an alternative ointment or gel to tide you over till this product is available again please let us know. You can also use our Ingredient Reference List to compare ointments.

 

About Refresh P.M. Lubricant Eye Ointment

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

Description (by Rebecca)

Vaseline, more or less. 

Which ointment to choose? There are lots of ointments on the market, and they all appear to be 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. Systane and Genteal ointments are 94% white petrolatum and only 3% mineral oil. (However, there is also the possibility of different grades of those ingredients, especially with the generics, which may make them feel different.)

For plenty of people the differences may not matter, but certainly I've noticed some over the years who find that the proportions matter for their purposes, so comparison shopping can be helpful.

Refresh PM, however, has always been the hands-down winner for the night ointment popularity contest, whatever the reasons.

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 (from the manufacturer's literature)

REFRESH P.M.® provides strong, soothing relief for more intense dry eyes in a preservative-free formula. It protects eyes from nighttime dryness and exposure and is ideal for use at bedtime. 

Safe to use as often as needed. Remove contact lenses prior to use.

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 imprinted tape seals on top and bottom flaps are intact and clearly legible.
  • Use before expiration date marked on container.
  • Store at 59°-86°F (15°-30°C).

Inactive Ingredients

Lanolin alcohols