What is Optimmune?
Optimmune is an eye ointment that contains cyclosporine. It is used for the management of keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS or dry eye). May also be prescribed for the management of inflammation in another eye condition called chronic superficial keratitis (CSK).
Who is it for?
What are the benefits?
|*||Helps relieve discomfort associated with dry eye in dogs|
|*||Easy to administer ointment stays localized|
|*||Reduces inflammation and irritation|
How does Optimmune work?
Optimmune decreases the inflammation associated with dry eye and keratitis and also increases the amount of tear production.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
Compounded products are available.
How is it given?
Remove any debris around the eye with a suitable nonirritating eye solution. When applying ointment, place one hand under and around your pet's chin and lift upward, so the pet's eyes are looking towards the ceiling. Pull down gently on the lower lid with a finger or thumb, depending upon which eye you are treating. Rest your other hand on top of the pet's head. Be sure the tip of the tube is pointed away from your pet's eye so if your pet jerks, the tube tip will not injure the eye.
Hold the tube of ointment about one inch from the eye and apply a short ribbon (1/4 inch) of ointment along the inner edge of the lower lid, starting at the inside corner of the eye. Rotate the tube when you reach the outer portion of the eye to help detach the ointment from the tube. Have your pet blink, and gently hold the eyelid shut. Gently massage the closed eyelid to disperse the ointment.
Take care not to touch the tip of the tube to the pet's eye, lids, or eyelashes. Do not touch the inside of the cap or tube tip with your fingers, as this will also contaminate the medication. Always wash your hands before and after applying this medication.
If you are applying more than one medication to the eye, allow five minutes between applications so one medication is not washed out by the next. Be sure not to interchange the caps of the medications.
Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian.
This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed.
What results can I expect?
Optimmune will not cure KCS, but will help to decrease the symptoms. The best results are seen if the dry eye is treated early in the course of disease before scarring or permanent damage occurs. It may take a few weeks to achieve a maximum effect. If there is not improvement or the condition worsens, contact your veterinarian. Usually the KCS or CSK will need to be treated for the life of the animal. If Optimmune is discontinued the symptoms will reappear.
What form(s) does it come in?