Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q.

    How do I know if my dog has Dry Eye?

    A.

    Dry Eye has a very varied appearance and can be subtle, especially early in the disease which is the best time to make the diagnosis. Specialist ophthalmologists recommend testing virtually all sore eyes especially if the dog has had more than one bout of conjunctivitis or eye infection within 12 months. It is recommended that breeds susceptible to Dry Eye are tested on a regular basis.

  • Q.

    Why should I use ciclosporin ointment to treat Dry Eye?

    A.

    Ciclosporin ointment is the only product available which treats the underlying cause of Dry Eye, as well as the clinical signs e.g. redness, discharge. Ciclosporin ointment also stimulates natural tear production, which have many functions which cannot be replicated by artificial tears e.g. resisting infection.

  • Q.

    How long should my dog take to respond to ciclosporin ointment?

    A.

    Most dogs show an improvement in the appearance of their eyes within two weeks of starting ciclosporin ointment. It can take up to six weeks for the increase in tear production to be maximal.

  • Q.

    Why do I need to keep applying Optimmune when my dog's eyes look better?

    A.

    In the majority of cases, Dry Eye is a lifelong disorder which cannot be cured. As soon as treatment is stopped, the disease resumes and further destruction of tear tissue, and undesirable changes to the eyes, continue. The less tear tissue remains, the worse the long term outlook for your dog's eyes.

    An improvement in the appearance of your dog's eyes lets us know the treatment is working, but they will deteriorate again if treatment is stopped.