Clinical Ophthalmology (2017-05-01)

Lifitegrast ophthalmic solution in the treatment of signs and symptoms of dry eye disease: design, development, and place in therapy

  • Godin MR,
  • Gupta PK

Journal volume & issue
Vol. Volume 11
pp. 951 – 957


Read online

Morgan R Godin, Preeya K Gupta Department of Ophthalmology, Division of Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Duke University Eye Center, Durham, NC, USA Abstract: A new topical ophthalmic medication, lifitegrast 5%, was recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in dry eye patients. Lifitegrast is an integrin antagonist that decreases inflammation on the ocular surface, thereby improving dry eye disease (DED). Through a series of prospective, multicenter, randomized, masked, placebo-controlled studies in >2,000 patients total, lifitegrast was shown to be effective for improvement in both the signs and symptoms of DED. A subsequent study focused on the safety profile of lifitegrast and demonstrated that the majority of adverse events were mild and resolved over time. Lifitegrast is now available for use in clinical practice. Keywords: OPUS-1, OPUS-2, OPUS-3, SONATA, LFA-1, ICAM-1, OSDI, ocular surface