VISIOCARE (CICLOSPORIN OPHTHALMIC OINTMENT)
Contains: Ciclosporin EP 2mg
MODE OF ACTION:
When this ointment applied ophthalmically, ciclosporin is believed to act as a local immunomodulation of diseases suspected to be immune-mediated such as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) and chronic superficial keratitis (CSK). In the management of KCS, the mechanism by which Ciclosporin causes an increase in lacrimation is poorly understood. Clinical improvement in cases of KCS is not necessarily dependent on an increase in aqueous tear production.
Visiocare ophthalmic ointment is indicated for management of chronic keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) and chronic superficial keratitis (CKS) in dogs.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION:
Remove debris with suitable non irritating solutions. Apply a ¼ inch strip of ointment to the affected eye(s) every 12 hours. The ointment can be placed directly on the cornea or into the conjunctival sac.
It is suggested that dogs exhibiting chronic recurring conjunctivitis be tested for adequate tear production to determine if they are suffering from early stages of chronic KCS.
For best results in treating KCS, cyclosporin ophthalmic ointment should be administered early in the course of the disease before irreversible damage to the lacrimal tissue, or dense corneal scarring or pigmentation occurs.
Dogs afflicted with KCS or CKS will most likely require lifelong consistent therapy. For CSK, because environmental factors such as ultraviolet (UV) radiation are implicated in the pathogenesis, clinical signs may subside in the winter months when light intensity is reduced or if the dog is moved to a lower altitude, or indoors, and thus exposed to less UV radiation.
In cases refractory to cyclosporin, the diagnosis should be re-evaluated and a different course of therapy considered. Periodic reassessment of the need for Visiocare ophthalmic ointment therapy is recommended.
AVAILABLE PACK: Visiocare ointment is available in a 3.5 g tube in a carton.
STORAGE: Store below 25o C. Keep out of reach of children.
PRECAUTIONS: Any content remaining one month after the date on which the container was first opened should be discarded.