Optimmune is a prescription-only eye ointment containing cyclosporine which can be used to treat chronic recurrent conjunctivitis in dogs. The ointment is also ideal for managing keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), commonly known as dry eye, which occurs when your dog’s eye does not produce enough tears to keep moist.
Dry eye is common in dogs and can lead to inflammation in the cornea. Symptoms include excessive blinking, swelling of the tissue lining the eyelid and discharge from the eye.
Optimmune eye ointment for dogs is a localised, easy to apply treatment that relieves the irritation associated with dry eye by reducing inflammation, and stimulating the tear glands to encourage tear production. While Optimmune will not cure dry eye completely, it can significantly reduce the symptoms causing discomfort to your dog.
How do I apply the treatment?
Wash your hands thoroughly before use and then gently flush the affected eye with a non-irritating solution to remove any discharge.
For stress-free application, place one hand underneath the dog’s chin and lift until the dog is looking toward the ceiling. Gently pull down the lower lid of the affected eye and, starting at the inside corner, apply a small ½ cm ribbon of ointment along the inner edge of the lower lid. Always point the tip of the tube away from the dog’s eye to avoid injuring the eye; your dog may move as the ointment is applied.
Once the ointment has been applied, hold the lid shut and gently massage to disperse. Optimmune should be applied regularly, every 12 hours until the condition improves. If you miss a dose you should give it as soon as you remember. If it’s nearly time for the next dose to be administered you should skip the missed dose and continue as usual. Do not give two doses at once as excessive use of the medication may cause further irritation.
It may take up to six weeks to achieve the maximum effect. If there has been no improvement in your dog or the condition worsens then contact your veterinarian.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects from Optimmune are not common; however your dog may experience mild irritation in the first few days of use. You should stop using the ointment and consult your veterinarian if irritation persists. Excessive application may result in inflammation and swelling of the eyelids. Please follow the dosage instructions carefully and reduce the amount of ointment used if this occurs.
Do not use this product if you suspect your dog has a fungal or viral infection of the eye as it may cause further irritation. This product should not be used on puppies, pregnant dogs, or dogs that are still nursing young.
How can I get Optimmune for my dog?
Optimmune is a prescription-only pet medication. If you think your dog may be suffering from dry eye or chronic recurrent conjunctivitis you should consult your veterinarian for a full physical and opthalmological exam.