Optimel Manuka honey based products

Optimel Manuka eye drops/gel

are Manuka honey based products to be used on the eye for the relief and management of dry eyes and blepharitis.

Heard all the buzz about Optimel Manuka eye drops?

Optimel products (from Melcare) are made with pharmaceutical grade honey (from bees of the Leptospermum species) and when used with lubricating eye drops can help stabilise the surface health of the eye.

  • Drops 16.5% honey
  • Forte gel 98% honey (use on the lid margin)

Optimel Manuka eye products provide a transient low pH, hyperosmotic environment and are associated with spontaneous tearing and blinking that rapidly displaces the honey to the eyelid margin while flushing the eye surface.

The Optimel product range

We supply both the Optimel Manuka eye drops and gel in the UK.

 

The non-Newtonian behaviour of the hydrocolloid gum used in Optimel products complements the honey and helps provide a “lubrication effect”, improving the micro environment on the ocular surface. This helps reduce mechanical erosion and desiccation of the ocular surface in sufferers of chronic dry eye, thereby stabilising surface health of the eye and reducing redness.

 

The honey aids eye lid-margin hygiene – as a humectant, any “crust” formed in the presence of honey is more likely to be soft and soluble, with the low pH environment limiting bacterial growth thereby reducing lid margin bacteria and the consequential inflammation around the meibomian gland ducts.

‘ …more effective for improving symptoms of dry eye compared with the control eye drops (from Australia’s leading dry eye brand) after 28 days of treatment…’

Tan J, et al. Br J Ophthalmol 2020;0:l-5. doi:10.1136/bjophthalmol-2019-315160 ”

Optimel Manuka+ dry eye drops

 

Optimel Manuka+ Dry Eye Drop™ help stabilise the surface health of the eye from dry eye symptoms such as sore, irritated eyes and eyelids.

 

Suitable for:

  • Chronic dry eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Sore, irritated eyes and eyelids
Optimel Manuka eye drops

Optimel Manuka+ dry eye drops help stabilise the surface health of the eye from dry eye symptoms such as sore, irritated eyes and eyelids.

 

Optimel Manuka+ dry eye drops assist the surface health of the eye by creating a microenvironment that supports healing and prevents further damage. When applied to the surface of the eye, Optimel Manuka+ dry eye drops provide an environment that through low pH, acts on bacteria that may potentially colonise the traumatised surface.

 

Patients with tear deficiency and meibomian gland disease have an overgrowth of ocular flora. This overgrowth is thought to contribute to the tear film instability and ocular surface damage. Both topical and systemic antibiotics can significantly reduce the Colony Forming Units (CFUs) in eyes with chronic lid disease. With the increase of resistance among ocular pathogens (Cernak et al 2011),the efficacy of antibiotic therapeutic regimens is being reduced.

 

Application of Optimel Manuka+ dry eye drops 3 times daily to the inferior conjunctival fornix can significantly reduce CFUs from baseline at month 1 in the eyelids of patients with dry eye caused by tear deficiency and/or meibomian gland disease.

 

Reduction of CFUs reduces the potential susceptibility of the dry eye patient to bacterial conjunctivitis and keratitis. The reduction in CFUs may also assist in improving the clinical symptoms of dry eye disease by reducing the production of certain bacterial lipases that are thought to hydrolyse meibomian gland lipids.

Optimel Manuka+ forte eye gel

Melcare’s Optimel Manuka+ Forte Eye Gel contains a standardised antibacterial Manuka honey developed from Leptospermum sp. and is preservative free for moderate to severe dry eye.

 

Suitable for:

  • Aqueous tear deficiency
  • Meibomian disease
  • Corneal erosion
Optimel Manuka Forte eye gel

Melcare’s Optimel Manuka+ Forte eye gel helps improve eye surface health and reduce inflammation.

 

Optimel Manuka+ Forte eye gel assist the surface health of the eye by creating a microenvironment that supports healing and prevents further damage. When applied to the surface of the eye, Optimel Manuka+ Forte eye gel provide a barrier that through low pH, acts on bacteria that may potentially colonise the traumatised surface.

 

Patients with tear deficiency and meibomian gland disease have an overgrowth of ocular flora. This overgrowth is thought to contribute to the tear film instability and ocular surface damage. Both topical and systemic antibiotics can significantly reduce the Colony Forming Units (CFUs) in eyes with chronic lid disease. With the increase of resistance among ocular pathogens (Cernak et al 2011) ,the efficacy of antibiotic therapeutic regimens is being reduced.

 

Application of Optimel Manuka+ Forte eye gel 3 times daily to the inferior conjunctival fornix and lower lid margins can significantly reduce CFUs from baseline at month 1 and month 3 in the eyelids and conjunctiva of patients with dry eye caused by tear deficiency and/or meibomian gland disease (Albietz and Lenton 2006).

 

Reduction of CFUs reduces the potential susceptibility of the dry eye patient to bacterial conjunctivitis and keratitis. The reduction in CFUs may also assist in improving the clinical symptoms of dry eye disease by reducing the production of certain bacterial lipases that are thought to hydrolyse meibomian gland lipids.

Albietz and Lenton also reported that the application of antibacterial Leptospermum sp honey (Manuka) was associated with signficant clinical improvements in dry eye and meibomian gland dysfunction. The only adverse effects noted with the use of Optimel Manuka+ dry eye drops and gel in the eye are transient stinging and redness. No serious adverse effects are noted.

  • Single patient use only
  • Serious conditions should be managed under the supervision of an eye care professional.
  • For any reaction other than transient stinging and redness, cease use and contact your eye care professional.
  • DO NOT use if you have a history of hypersensitivity or sensitive to honey, food gums, benzoate preservatives without seeking medical advice.
  • Do not instil whilst wearing contact lenses. Wait at least 30 minutes before inserting lenses.

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Other products by Melcare

As well as their eye care products Melcare make a range of other Manuka honey based products for skin care, coughs and colds. Manuka honey is renowned for its naturally antiseptic proprieties so ideal for these conditions.

  • Melcare Manuka+ Dry Cough Throat Sprayhelps relieve a dry and irritated throa (Active Ingredient: Leptospermum sp Honey 300mg/g)
  • Melcare Manuka+ Family Dry Cough Syruphelps relieve dry cough and throat irritations (Active Ingredient: Leptospermum sp Honey 650mg/g)
  • Melcare Manuka+ Nasal Spraya non-medicated nasal spray for persons prone to congestion.
  • Melcare Manuka+ Derma Caredesigned to protect vulnerable and damaged skin (Active Ingredient: Leptospermum sp Honey 250mg/g)

Where to buy Optimel & Melcare products

Ask at your local optical practice for Optimel Manuka honey products by name. If they do not stock the products already, please ask them to contact us on 0345 838 6704 to place an order and become a stockist.

 

You can also buy directly from various online retailers.

 

If you are an optical practice wishing to stock Optimel Manuka honey products, please contact us on 0345 838 6704.

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