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Perfluorohexyloctane Ophthalmic Solution: A Review in Dry Eye Disease

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posted on 2024-03-26, 04:07 authored by Amy Zhuang-Yan, Yahiya Y. Syed

Funding The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

Authorship and Conflict of interest Amy Zhuang-Yan and Yahiya Y. Syed are salaried employees of Adis International Ltd/Springer Nature, and declare no relevant conflicts of interest. All authors contributed to this article and are responsible for its content.

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Perfluorohexyloctane ophthalmic solution (Miebo®) is a single-entity, water-, steroid- and preservative-free, first-in-class semifluorinated alkane that is approved in the USA for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease (DED). DED is often linked with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), which causes an excessive evaporation of tears. Perfluorohexyloctane ophthalmic solution stabilizes the lipid layer of the tear film and inhibits tear evaporation by forming a monolayer at the air-liquid interface. In the phase III GOBI and MOJAVE trials in adults with DED associated with MGD, one drop of perfluorohexyloctane ophthalmic solution instilled in each eye four times daily over 8 weeks resulted in statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvements in the signs and symptoms of DED compared with hypotonic saline (0.6%). The agent was generally well tolerated, with most ocular adverse events being mild or moderate in severity. The efficacy and tolerability of perfluorohexyloctane ophthalmic solution was sustained for up to 52 weeks in an extension study (KALAHARI). As the first and currently the only prescription treatment approved in the USA directly addressing the pathophysiology of excessive tear evaporation, perfluorohexyloctane ophthalmic solution is a valuable emerging option for the management of DED.


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