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Optimmune Eye Ointment
Optimmune Eye Ointment is for the treatment of chronic recurrent conjunctivitis in dogs. It is supplied in 3.5g tubes of ointment. Optimmune Gives excellent results in most cases of dry eye.
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Please note, this is a prescription item and will be sent once a valid prescription is received.
What is conjunctivitis in dogs?
Conjunctivitis (dry eye syndrome) is an uncomfortable but common condition in dogs which causes severe drying and inflammation of the cornea. Tears are important for keeping dogs' eyes healthy providing lubrication and nourishment. When tear levels are low, thick often itchy, yellow/green discharge can develop around the eyes and this reappears after being wiped away.
How to use Optimmune Eye Ointment
Note: There are only 3.5g in the 10g tube which is more than half full of air. This is due to the manufacture.
Precautions: Avoid contact with the skin, wear gloves and wash hands after use.
Remove any excessive discharge from the eye prior to application
Step by Step Application:
1 - Squeeze the tube to gently expel the air inside. There is usually a small amount of Optimmune in the nozzle. The first time the tube is squeezed, the product is usually ejected suddenly and a small amount may be lost. If you are aware that this will happen and are careful, the loss can be minimised. Squeeze out the air very gently until the product shows at the nozzle and the tube appears two-thirds empty. This will avoid excess wastage.
2 - Use only the equivalent of the top section of a ballpoint pen or a short grain of rice ie 3mm. This is the licensed dose and will provide the optimum clinical effects with maximum economy.
3 - The best method of application is to wipe a small amount onto the underside of the upper eyelid. The ointment base is an excellent lubricant and it will spread over the eye when your dog blinks.
4 - The tube should be kept at room temperature. If it is too warm the base becomes oily and it is difficult to get the recommended dose. You can put the tube in the fridge for 10 - 15 minutes to firm it up which seems to work well. However, if it is in the fridge too long it becomes semi-solid and may result in the tube bursting.
5 - Don't roll up the tube during use to get that last drop out. You may end up with cracked tubes and wastage.
6 - You should throw any unused product away four weeks after opening. This is a recommendation for all eye products in order to maintain sterility. Some vets will advise using a tube for six weeks, but no longer. This restriction is in place because Optimmune does not contain any preservatives or antimicrobials. Adding these would alter the composition and action of the product.
7 - 12 hourly dosing is ideal. It is worth while keeping treatments evenly spaced as Optimmune often works better twice daily than just once. Some clients have reported that a tube can last for six weeks when dosing both eyes twice a day.
A helper may be useful, especially in the early applications. A firm, positive action will be more meaningful to the animal.
Optimmune for dogs is a prescription item, please follow the instructions given by your vet.
Symptoms of conjunctivitis in dogs
Your dog may be presenting some or more of these common symptoms of conjunctivitis in dogs.
Eye Redness and/or swelling
Discharge from the eye(s) - this may contain mucus/pus or be clear
Conjunctivitis in dogs has several causes:
Some newborn puppies have bacterial conjunctivitis which can be associated with a separate bacterial or viral infection.
Canine distemper virus can carry conjunctivitis virally.
Immune-mediated causes include allergies and breed-specific conjunctivitis such as plasma-cell conjunctivitis which is especially prevalent in German Shepherds.
Speak to your vet if you think your dog has conjunctivitis. They may be able to prescribe you Optimmune Eye Ointment to get the condition treated quickly.
To check the most up to date information about this product, please read its Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) on the Veterinary Medical Directorate’s (VMD) Product Information Database:
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