Best Eye Drops for Ocular Rosacea

In this post, we are going to be talking about the best eye drops for ocular rosacea that can help with inflammation, dryness, and redness.

Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and blepharitis are the most common conditions present along with ocular rosacea, resulting in further ocular surface irritation and lid damage. These eye drops can help combat it.

Note: These eye drops won’t cure ocular rosacea, they can only provide comfort and relief. The eye drops might cause a rebound for some patients.

If you need to know more information about eye drops, you will need to consult a doctor.

The Refresh Optive Mega-3 is a preservative-free lipid-based eye drop and is safe to use for people with ocular rosacea. It can be used 1-2 times a day or more if needed.

It is actually an artificial tear designed to help with Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) that is commonly present along with ocular rosacea.

  • It is a preservative-free, low-blur formula with flaxseed oil that gives temporary relief from burning and irritation due to dryness of the eye.
  • It treats eye dryness that may be due to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), providing extended relief and comfort.
  • It features HydroCell technology which enables hydration and maintains the volume of cells on the ocular surface.
  • Supports all three layers of the tear film damaged by eye dryness.
  • Helps prevent tears from evaporating.

It contains carboxymethylcellulose Sodium (0.5%) (eye lubricant), glycerin (1%) (eye Lubricant), polysorbate 80 (0.5%) (eye lubricant)

2. Cequa (0.09% cyclosporine ophthalmic solution)

CEQUA (0.09% cyclosporine ophthalmic solution) is another eye drop that can be used for people with ocular rosacea. It is a calcineurin inhibitor immunosuppressant that is used to increase tear production in patients with dry eyes.

You should instill one drop of CEQUA twice daily (approximately 12 hours apart) into each eye.

The most common side effects following the use of CEQUA (0.09% cyclosporine ophthalmic solution) were instillation site pain (22%) and conjunctival hyperemia.

3. Xiidra (5% lifitegrast ophthalmic solution)

Xiidra (lifitegrast ophthalmic solution) 5% is a prescription eye drop used to treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease. It can also be used for people with ocular rosacea.

One drop twice daily in each eye (approximately 12 hours apart)

The most common side effects of Xiidra include eye irritation, discomfort, or blurred vision when the drops are applied to the eyes and an unusual taste sensation.

4. Restasis (0.05% cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion)

RESTASIS (0.05% cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion) is another calcineurin inhibitor immunosuppressant that can be used for people with ocular rosacea. It is used to increase tear production in patients whose tear production is presumed to be suppressed due to ocular inflammation associated with dry eyes.

Instill one drop of RESTASIS ophthalmic emulsion twice a day in each eye approximately 12 hours apart

The most common adverse reaction following the use of RESTASIS was ocular burning.

5. LUMIFY (brimonidine tartrate ophthalmic solution 0.025%)

LUMIFY (brimonidine tartrate ophthalmic solution 0.025%) is an over-the-counter (OTC) eye drop developed with low-dose brimonidine tartrate for the treatment of ocular redness due to minor eye irritations.

So basically, it is a redness reliever that can be useful for people with ocular rosacea. LUMIFY constricts
the venule, alleviating the potential decrease of blood and oxygen flow to surrounding tissue. It does not rebound redness and tachyphylaxis.

6. Azasite (Azithromycin Ophthalmic Solution)

Azasite (Azithromycin Ophthalmic Solution) is another eye drop that people with ocular rosacea use. It is a macrolide antibiotic indicated for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis caused by susceptible isolates of the following microorganisms: Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus mitis group, CDC coryneform group G, Haemophilus influenzae, and Streptococcus pneumoniae. The delivery vehicle is DuraSite (edetate disodium, polycarbophil, sodium chloride).