What is Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment?
Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment is a sterile eye ointment containing cyclosporine, which helps to treat keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS or dry eye) in dogs. It reduces inflammation, stimulates tear production, and helps to reduce damage to the tear glands. Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment requires a prescription from your veterinarian.
- Can increase natural tear production
- Reduces inflammation
How Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment work?
Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment contains cyclosporine, which has broad anti-inflammatory effects that help to reduce damage to the tear glands while also stimulating tear production. Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment also reduces eye inflammation.
Do not touch the tube opening to any surface, including eyes or hands. This medication may cause blurred vision. Avoid using other eye medications unless approved by your veterinarian.
Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment Ointment (Merck)
What is the most important thing I should know about Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment?
Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment is an immunosuppressive agent used to reduce inflammation in the eye(s). It is used to treat chronic dry eye (KCS, keratoconjunctivitis sicca) that may be caused by inflammation. Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment may also be used for purposes other than those listed. Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment is FDA approved for veterinary use in dogs only. Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment is a prescription medication available as a sterile eye ointment. The sterile ointment is usually applied as a ¼ inch strip to the eye(s) every 12 hours. Do not touch the tube opening to any surface, including eyes and hands. The tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.
What should I discuss with my veterinarian before using Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment on my pet?
Do not use Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment if your pet has any type of infection in the eye(s). Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.
How should Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment be used?
Use this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask your pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Wash your hands prior to using the eye ointment. Apply a ¼ inch strip of the ointment into the lower eyelid. Store Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube properly capped.
What are the potential side effects of Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment?
Serious side effects are not expected. Some burning, redness, tearing, discharge, pain, itching, stinging, or blurring of the vision may occur. Continue the medication and talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.
What happens if I miss applying a dose of Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.
What happens if I overdose my pet on Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment?
An overdose of this medication is unlikely. If an overdose is suspected, wash the eye with water and seek emergency veterinary medical treatment.
What should I avoid while applying Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment on my pet?
Do not touch the tube opening to any surface including eyes or hands. This medication may cause blurred vision. Avoid using other eye medications unless approved by your veterinarian.
What other drugs will affect Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment?
Before using Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment, tell your veterinarian if your pet is using other eye ointment or eye medications. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines.
Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment Directions:
- Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment Ointment, a prescription medication, is used in dogs for the management of chronic keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS or 'dry eye").
- Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment Ointment is an immunosuppressive agent used to reduce inflammation in the eye(s).
- Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment Ointment is used in dogs only. Do not use in cats.
The tube opening is sterile. Do not touch the tube opening to any surface, including eyes and hands. If the opening becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye(s).
Remove debris from eye(s) with a nonirritating solution. The sterile ointment is usually applied as a ¼ inch strip to the lower eyelid(s) every 12 hours. Wash your hands prior to using the eye ointment
Store this product at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube properly capped.
Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment Ingredients:
Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment:
Active Ingredients (per gram): 2 mg cyclosporine USP, petrolatum USP, corn oil NF, petrolatum and lanolin alcohol.
Optimmune is rated
Rated 5 out of
Optimmune works extremely well, however Echo will need to be on it indefinitely. She does not like me to administer it and it is quite expensive as a long term treatment.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of
Echo's eyes were both impacted and clouded over. This med has improved the dry eyes to being within normal limits to this time. Unfortunately she will need to be on this eye ointment long term.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of
Been using this for my Shitz Zhu Emme's dry eyes for about a month. Works great!! She does not have any mucus in her eyes anymore. I don't have to chase her around the house to wash her eyes anymore either! You can now see her beautiful eyes! 1800 Petmeds charges half of what vet charges and they even contact vet for rx! This was painless all the way around!!
Date published: 2016-07-20
Rated 5 out of
Look beyond the price
This product has done miracles for my dog. He has chronic dry eyes and got to a point where he almost lost vision one one of his eyes (a dark half moon had covered over 50% of his eye ball). When I started using Optimmune, my regular vet said that it may or may not clear the eye at all but the specialist said she wouldn't be surprised if this product cleared up most of the eye, and it did! I'm so happy that I was able to do something so my dog wouldn't go blind. I know it's pretty expensive and a lifetime care but it's worth the money!
Date published: 2016-02-06
Rated 4 out of
This works very well for my little Japanese Chin that has chronic dry eye. I do wish it was not so expensive as she will be on it for the rest of her life (thus the 4 stars for overall rating). But the best price (and service) I have found is right here. So that is good.
Date published: 2015-12-14
Rated 3 out of
This product not packaged consistently
The product is very good, however, I have received numerous tubes that were only half filled. Sometimes the tube is full, but in the last 6 months, over half I received had large amount of air before the ointment started to flow out of the tube. Not good, considering the price!!!
Date published: 2015-11-12
Rated 5 out of
I am beyond thrilled! We have tried many recommended products, but continue to clean tons of stuff out of Bella's eyes. We have been so frustrated and so sad she has to have KCS. Optimmune has been nothing but phenomenal. Her eyes don't dry up with mucus, in fact there is very little now. We aren't constantly chasing her to clean them, she has peace. Thank you for helping my pup have a more comfortable life. I highly recommend purchasing this and forget all the others.
Date published: 2015-06-04
Rated 5 out of
Niko is doing very well on this product and has been for quite a while. I will continue to use it.
Date published: 2015-05-01