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How do you use eye drops for ocular rosacea?

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Chris A. Knobbe, MD, recommends ocular rosacea patients to use artificial tears up to four times daily or more often, according to All About Vision. These types of eye drops treat dry eye syndrome associated with the effects of ocular rosacea.

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Topical corticosteroid eyedrops may also help ocular rosacea patients, notes Derm 101. Patients may also need systemic, oral antibiotics to treat infections. Warm compresses and eyelid hygiene are also important in some cases.

Certain eye drops designed to alleviate redness could make the redness worse, typically after the drops are discontinued following long-term use, notes Mayo Clinic. Steroid eye drops can reduce inflammation, while tetracycline antibiotics can be given orally or as eye drops to treat the condition, according to the Daily Mail.

Ophthalmologists may prescribe eye drops to treat ocular rosacea, notes MedicineNet. Symptoms of ocular rosacea include burning, dryness and irritation of the lining of the eyes. Patients may also experience light sensitivity and redness of the eyelids. Typically, ocular rosacea is a more advanced complication of rosacea, a skin condition that causes redness and bumpy skin on the face, cheeks and nose.

If left untreated, the condition could turn into rosacea keratitis, a disorder that causes permanent damage to the cornea, according to MedicineNet. As of March 2015, there is no known cure for ocular rosacea.

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