Cyclosporine eye drops are used to treat a certain serious allergic eye condition (vernal keratoconjunctivitis). It works by decreasing inflammation (swelling) in certain parts of your eyes, including the clear layer at the front of the eye (cornea), and the thin membrane covering the eye (conjunctiva). Treatment can help prevent eye damage (such as ulcers).

How to use

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using cyclosporine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Use this medication in the affected eye(s) as directed by your doctor, usually 4 times a day (morning, noon, afternoon, and evening). If a child is using this medication, an adult should help the child when starting treatment, especially if the child is younger than 10 years old. Continue to help until the child is able to properly use this medication without help.

To apply eye drops, wash hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface.

Contact lens wear while using this medication is usually not recommended. If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them before using this medication. Gently shake the container before use. Remove the cap. Tilt your head back, look upward, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and place one drop into the pouch. Blink a few times to spread the medicine across your eye. Look downward, gently close your eyes, and place one finger at the corner of your eye (near the nose). Apply gentle pressure for 1 to 2 minutes before opening your eyes. This will prevent the medication from draining out. Try not to blink or rub your eye. If directed to use this medication in both eyes, repeat these steps for your other eye. Do not rinse the dropper.

If you are using another kind of eye medication (such as drops or ointments), wait at least 15 minutes before applying other medications. Use eye drops before eye ointments to allow the drops to enter the eye.

Wait several minutes for your vision to clear before driving or operating machinery.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. If your symptoms improve, your doctor may decrease your dose. Carefully follow your doctor's directions for all your medications.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day as directed by your doctor.

If you are using the single-use form of this medication, throw away the opened container after use. Do not save for later use.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better or if it gets worse.

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