Optimmune (Cyclosporine)


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Optimmune is a prescription eye ointment used to treat dogs with chronic dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or KCS) and chronic superficial keratitis (pannus). 

Optimmune contains cyclosporine, which acts as an immunosuppressant. This means it modulates the immune system's response, specifically reducing inflammation on the surface of the eye.

In KCS and pannus, the immune system mistakenly attacks the tear glands or the cornea, leading to inflammation and damage. By calming the overactive immune response, Optimmune helps create a more favorable environment for the eye to heal.


  • Use exactly as directed by your healthcare provider. This includes frequency (usually 4 times daily), dosage, and duration of treatment.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before applying the drops.
  • Tilt your head back and look upwards to create a pouch for the drop.
  • Apply gentle pressure to the inner corner of your eye for 1-2 minutes after installation to prevent drainage.
  • Use Optimmune before other eye medications (drops or ointments) if prescribed both.
  • Follow a consistent schedule. Use the drops at the same times each day for optimal benefit.
  • Inform your healthcare provider if your condition worsens or doesn't improve.
  • Discard single-use containers after use. Don't reuse them.


  • Don't touch the dropper tip or let it come into contact with your eye or any other surface to prevent contamination.
  • Don't wear contact lenses while using Optimmune unless your healthcare provider specifically approves it.
  • Don't rinse the dropper after use.
  • Don't rub your eye after applying the drops.
  • Don't stop using Optimmune without consulting your healthcare provider.

Common side effects:

  • Burning sensation in the eyes
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Tearing
  • Discharge from the eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Itching of the eyes
  • Stinging sensation in the eyes
  • Blurring of vision

Serious side effects are not expected. However, if any side effect seems unusual or bothersome to the animal, continue the medication and consult a veterinarian for guidance.

This is not an exhaustive list, and other side effects may occur. If you experience any unusual or severe side effects while taking Optimmune, contact your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Disclose any allergies you have to Optimmune or its ingredients to your healthcare provider before using it.

Inform your healthcare provider about your eye health history, especially:

  • Current or recent eye infections (herpes, chickenpox around the eye)
  • Cancer or precancerous conditions in or around the eye

Be aware that Optimmune may cause temporary blurred vision after application.

Avoid driving, operating machinery, or activities requiring clear vision until your vision returns to normal.

Before undergoing surgery, tell your healthcare provider about all medications you use, including Optimmune.

Optimmune should only be used during pregnancy if absolutely necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider.

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Visiocare Ointment

Strength(s): 0.2%
Quantities Available: 5, 10

Eye Ointment

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