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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2009
My eyes are so dry that in the winter I have to use ointments at night. I have tried this one, Refresh and Genteal and I prefer the Systane. It has the highest concentration of petrolatum and is lower in mineral oil--in other words it is quite heavy, but it works. In the morning my eyes are still comfortable.

As is the case with all of the ointments you are paying $10+ for glorified Vaseline, but since the product needs to be sterile, I don't think there is much choice. This is a messy product, but if you pull the lower rim of your eye out to the side and blink a few times it covers the eye fairly evenly.

One word of caution--don't even think about doing anything that would require clear vision for a while after using an eye ointment! It is like trying to see through extremely dense fog until some of the product is absorbed. I also noticed Systane has a small amount of lanolin, so if you are allergic to it you might want to try another one of the ointments.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I have CHRONIC, NASTY dry eyes, and have *ALWAYS* hated either putting drops or having ~others~ put them in my eyes. But when I developed such bad chronic dry eyes that my EYEBALLS got stuck, I had to do ~something~!!!
I have an EYE **SPECIALIST** that I have seen for it seems like forEVER, but even SHE didn't catch this condition! It was the WONDERFUL Ophthalmologists at Pearle Vision who discovered how BAD it was and came up with a totally "do-able" treatment plan: I use Systane Complete eye drops (they are most like gel, without ~being~ gel, unlike some of the other brands, and they have the FULL endorsement from 4 Dr.'s I have HIGH opinions of) {AND who says you must be a BABY to put drops in your eyes like they do with babies and small children? Just a few drops in the corner near your nose with eyes closed, then slowly open them and let the drops roll in!}
And at night, or ANY time I sleep, or even just have a "itchy, burn-y eye", I put a small amount of this "Nighttime" gel in each eye (advise you do BOTH, even if only one is bugging you...somehow I have "jealous eyes"...they don't like anything done to just ONE of them...LOL!)
One of the more important things to remember is to CLEAN YOUR EYES OUT ~gently~ when you wake up (usually use a bit more of the gel at night) with warm water and a soft cloth (don't poke, duh, right? {looking at self!}) and then to use some drops in each eye, no matter how they feel!
Since starting this regimen, the Retinal Tears {Meaning my RETINAS were detaching, courting blindness!} I had experienced have eased up almost completely (no more "floaters" that look like small bees floating around with me chasing them! LOL!) EYE SAFETY AND CARE IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THAT MOST EVERYONE OVERLOOKS! I have been told to NEVER use any other brand than SYSTANE for either the drops or the gel.
I just wish the gel came to Amazon as a PRIME item...but hope springs eternal! :) ENJOY
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
My Opthalmalogist recommended Systane products to treat "dry eye" four times per day. I found Systane Nighttime, and he thought that was excellent. I really like it, but only when I don't plan to use my eyes for anything but sleep.

It is a heavy ointment, but makes my eyes so comfortable, that I use Systane Ultra drops during the day, only as needed. I feel that my eyes are so much more comfortable by taking the trouble to use this at night. Vision is very blurry when you use this, so I would never use it except at night.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2012
My son cannot produce tears as the result of a genetic condition.

We've tried a number of lubricants for his eyes, but these are by far the best.

They have 94% White Petrolatum, a much higher percentage than many similar ointments.

That makes them costlier, but they're worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2013
Wish I didn't have to use this because it is not fun at all, but it does the job and seems to be higher quality than similar products from other brands that I had tried because they were less expensive. After getting lasik my eyes have been extremely dry, exasperated by the fact that my eye lids don't close all the way while I'm sleeping. A lot of things make it worse; dry air, winter, AC, fans or the heater and I'm in pain all night and for the next day after. I put this ointment in my lower lid, making sure beforehand that everything is done (don't leave any trip hazards on the floor) and I'm ready for sleep because I can't see anything after using it. It's difficult to get used to having a heavy ointment inside your eyelids but it does help and my eyes are much better when I use it nightly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2013
This stuff really will help your eyes. After trying three different brands, I found this one stays in eyes best and it has actually done away with the redness totally. My vision is clearer also since no more irritation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2013
I highly recommend Systane Nighttime "Overnight" Eye Ointment. I suffer from "Clinical Dry Eye Syndrome" and I must use several Eye OTC's as well as Prescriptions such as "Restastis." If you need additional moisture, this is a great choice. It is very heavy at first; feels like Vaseline for a few minutes and you will experience blurred vision.
I would recommend that you apply it after you have gotten into bed for the night. I use it regularly and I am very satisfied.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2014
Must use the strongest of the Eye Lubricants now. This is the strongest and now both my wife and I use this every night time due to aging, too much watching computer and some television DVD'S. Also, allergies are a big contributor. During the day I use Alcon Systane Lubricant Eye Drops.
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VINE VOICEon July 9, 2014
Okay, yes, I'm embarassed at how long I've suffered with sahara dry eyes in the morning, and still avoided this product. Somehow, I wore contacts in my early 20s, but that didn't help me more recently with the whole notion of smearing a gooey ointment onto my inner eyelid. I've been using and continue to use GenTeal Lubricant Eye Gel, Severe Dry Eye Relief, Extra Value, 2 Tubes or Allergan Refresh Plus Lubricant Eye Drops Single-Use Vials - 100 ct. daytime. But for nighttime I need something stronger: my opthalmologist believes my eyes open slightly during sleep, drying them out. For me, the worst of that is during summmer, due to seasonal antihistamines and a ceiling fan running at night. For others, dry winters are the trigger.

Anyway, after I forced myself to apply the drops once, in spite of the ick factor, it quickly got much easier. Especially when I read another reviewers trick: It's nearly impossible to dispense the gel without touching it to a surface, so what I do wash up well with a disinfecting soap and then apply a tiny bit to the inner lid directly from my finger. I can't advise doing this without consulting a doctor, but for myself I couldn't use this at all without that trick.

Using the ointment certainly beats waking up in pain in the middle of the night, wondering what kind of harm you are causing your eyes. (Which, my doctors says, can be considerable.) In the end, I might consider tear duct plugs from my ophthalmologist for my particular issue -- but for right now, the bit of gooey petroleum jelly and mineral oil gives the moisture-retentive coating I need overnight. I do worry about the possibility of actually having to get up and deal with some minor emergency shortly after applying, as the ointment blurs the heck out of your vision for a few hours, but presume that enough of the "regular" drops would flush the ointment.

The "feel" of the ointment is not uncomfortable but somewhat warm and not really soothing. The daytime drops I mention above are formulated to be cool and refreshing, but just don't have the nighttime staying power.

Another thing to look into for severe nighttime dry eye is a sleep mask, although I have yet to find one that doesn't shift uncomfortably on my face when I roll over at night.
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on December 15, 2014
In addition to this nighttime ointment, I've used both the daytime Systane Ultra (individual vials and bottle) as well as the night-time extra lubricant version. This Systane Nighttime Lubricant Eye Ointment was my least favorite of all of them because it caused my eyes to get red and irritated. It's almost like it was so moisturizing that it clogged up my tear ducts.

My main goal was to find an eye drop that works (stops my eyes from drying out so fast and hurting) and that does not have preservatives (because I use the drops often, I want to stay as natural with the drops as possible). This ointment did not work. The "pink" version of it was much better and did not cause any eye irritation, but unfortunately it has preservatives. In general, I am satisfied with the Systane brand, but if anyone has suggestions, would be open to trying a new brand.

Also, in case it can help you, here is a tidbit from my eye doctor: one of the things that dries out eyes most is fans. If you have your fans on in the summer while you sleep, you can significantly reduce eye irritation during the day by turning the fan off. Apparently we don't sleep with our eyes completely closed (there is a small gap) and the circulating air dries the eyes.
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