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Patient and physician perspectives on the use of cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion 0.05% for the management of chronic dry eye

Authors Deveney T, Asbell PA

Received 22 March 2017

Accepted for publication 12 August 2017

Published 23 March 2018 Volume 2018:12 Pages 569—576

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S115098

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Tatiana Deveney,1 Penny A Asbell2

1Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA

Abstract: Dry eye disease (DED) is a multifactorial disease of the ocular surface and is one of the most common reasons for patients to visit an eye care provider. Cyclosporine A (CsA) is an immune modulating drug that was approved in the US for topical use in the treatment of DED in 2003, which led to a paradigm change in our understanding and treatment of DED, turning attention to control of inflammation for treatment. This review summarizes the literature to date regarding the impact of CsA on the treatment of DED. A special focus is given to the patient and physician perspectives of CsA, including dry eye symptom improvement, medication side effects, and overall patient satisfaction. Studies evaluating CsA in DED have considerable heterogeneity making generalized conclusions about the effect of CsA difficult. However, most studies have demonstrated improvement in at least some symptoms of dry eye in CsA-treated patients. Side effects, most commonly ocular burning on administration of CsA, are common. The literature is sparse regarding long-term follow-up of patients treated with CsA, optimal duration of treatment, and identifying which patients may receive the most benefit from CsA.

Keywords: dry eye, cyclosporine, inflammation

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