Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment for Dogs

Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment for Dogs
3.5g Tube

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  • 3.5g Tube £44.99


Optimmune is an eye ointment containing cyclosporin and is used to treat recurrent conjunctivitis resulting from autoimmune disease of the eye in dogs. These include Dry Eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCS) and Pannus (chronic superficial keratits). Ointment should be used twice daily and is usually required life-long. Cases of Dry Eye will usually respond with increased tear production after about 10 days, but it can take 6 weeks for the full effect to be achieved. Pannus might not need treatment all year round because it is partly triggered by UV light. Antibiotic or steroid drops are sometimes used with Optimmune. It is important to try and maintain treatment without a pause, to prevent progression of the underlying diseases.

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Reviews (139)

Summary of Reviews for Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment for Dogs

Overall 5
Ease Of Use
Value For Money
Absence Of Side Effects
137 out of 139 (99%) customers would recommend this product.
5 stars (100 reviews)
4 stars (32 reviews)
3 stars (7 reviews)
2 stars (0 reviews)
1 stars (0 reviews)

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55 Used on severe keratitis
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By on 22 June 2024

It works, I found it comes out the tube and keeps coming out so it was less wastefull to put the required amount on a gloved finger then put the lid on.

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55 Permanent med.
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By on 17 June 2024

The tubes are very small and initially have an air squirt fist also I suffer with arthritis making the administration very difficult some times

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55 Optimmune Ointment
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By on 10 June 2024

Excellent product which clearly works for our American cocker spaniel.
Whilst the tube is easy to use it may be more helpful is the tube was a bit bigger to make the application an easier process. But all in all. Excellent.

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45 Bought on advice from my vet works well keeps his eyes moist
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By on 12 March 2024

Works as described

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55 More expensive than gold…
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By on 8 March 2023

Need this monthly for my dog with dry eye. It makes his eyes so much brighter. Twice the price from our vet.

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Q & A

Below are some recent questions we've received regarding Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment for Dogs, including answers from our team.

9 November 2020 at 1:07pm

Marjorie. Jackson.

My cocker spaniel has slight conjunctivitis would this help her she is rubbing her eye along my hearth rug,and on her bedding. Thank You.

  • VioVet Staff

Optimmune contains an immunosuppressive drug that is most commonly used to treat dry eye in dogs. Conjunctivitis is often caused by a bacterial infection and so Optimmune would likely worsen this problem. You can try Vetericyn VF Ophthalmic wash if you are looking for an over the counter drop to help treat conjunctivitis. It is ideal though to see your vet to have the problem diagnosed first, sometimes presciption antibiotic drops are required for the problem.

23 November 2017 at 4:22pm

Why is this so expensive?


My dog has been diagnosed with dry eye and I bought this medication from the vet costing £60.84. He will need this long term.

  • VioVet Staff

Hello, thank you for your question,

I'm afraid our prices are influenced by the price we are able to obtain products from our suppliers for. Many factors will go into the price of a product, such as the manufacturing process, ingredients, and as this particular product is a prescription medication, there will be numerous other factors involved with licensing etc.

The manufacturers of Optimmune are MSD who may be able to provide you with more information.

I hope this helps.

20 August 2015 at 1:29pm

Cornea ulcer


  • VioVet customer since 2012
  • From: Victoria, Australia

Does opt immune contain steroids? My almost blind dog walked into a door but we don't know if she hit her eye. Can she continue using opt immune or should it be stopped? Thanks.

  • VioVet Staff

Optimmune does not contain steroids. If her eye looks sore or is causing her distress she should see your vet. However if she seems fine then it should be OK to continue to use the Optimmune. Stopping it could allow increased progression of her underlying eye problem of course, so I would be wary of that too.

15 July 2014 at 5:07pm



Do I need a prescription ?

  • VioVet Staff

Yes, Optimmune Ophthalmic does require a prescription for supply.

29 January 2014 at 5:34pm

How long will a tube last?

Brian Alderman

Roughly howlong would a tube of Optimmune last?

  • VioVet Staff

The dose you use of Optimmune is supposed to be controlled by the length of the line you squeeze onto the eye. This then governs also how long the tube lasts. On average you will get about 1 month from a tube if you are careful about not wasting any and apply a small amount (a quarter of a cm is the minimum recommended dose, twice daily. Theoretically the shelf life is supposed to be 1 month after opening, due to the potential for contamination etc. You are advised to not use any left over after 1 month, though many people do not stick to this.

13 September 2013 at 4:13pm

Suitable for cats ?

Clive Newton

  • VioVet customer since 2010
  • From: Dorset, United Kingdom

Our vet has given us a prescription for this eye ointment to be used on our elderly cat. Is this OK as it states it is for dogs?

  • VioVet Staff

Optimmune is only licensed for use in dogs, however there is no medication of this type which is licensed for use in cats. Therefore if your vet considers that your cat would benefit from this medication, there is no option but to use a dog or human product. You and your vet need to make a judgment about safety and effectiveness. The normal level of certainty is not possible in this case, or in many similar situations.

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