Optimel Manuka+ Dry 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.

Suitable For:

  • Chronic dry eye
  • Eye discomfort
  • Sore, irritated eyes and eyelids

Active Ingredient: Leptospermum spp honey (16.5%), glycerin.

Optimel Manuka+ Dry Eye Drop™ helps restore eye comfort and reduces inflammation by improving eye-lid margin hygiene and reducing bacteria that may potentially colonise the eyelid margin causing inflammation, poor tear quality and trauma to the eye 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 Drop 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.

Albietz and Lenton also reported that the application of medical grade 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 Drop in the eye are stinging and redness. No serious adverse effects are noted.


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

Preservative: Benzoic acid

Optimel Antibacterial Manuka Eye Drops containing 98% honey are also available for more difficult conditions from your eye care specialist.

Discard 2 months after opening.


  1. Wash hands.
  2. Remove cap, do not allow nozzle to touch any surface.
  3. Instil one drop in the eye as needed.
  4. Stinging and redness on drop application for several minutes is to be expected. Close eye until stinging subsides.


  • 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.
  • Replace cap after use.
  • Before first use: check tamper ring is attached to cap base – remove cap and discard ring.
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