Five of the Best Eyedrops for Ocular Rosacea

Speaking from personal experience, ocular rosacea is one of the hardest forms of rosacea to deal with. Rosacea itself is embarrassing, emotionally uncomfortable and often leads to you wanting to stay at home because your red face is hard to accept and makeup can only do so much. With ocular rosacea, there is physical discomfort, too. Again, there is no cure, so you must manage the symptoms. Most eye doctors will give you a four-step plan to follow each day. This plan includes:

  • Eyelid wipes
  • Fish oil and flaxseed oil supplements
  • Warm compresses
  • Eye drops for ocular rosacea

I quickly learned that some eye drops are far superior to others. When choosing eye drops for ocular rosacea, you want an oil-based eye drop. Visine and other eye drops meant to cure red eyes are not suitable. You need the oil-based for lubrication. I was given a long-list of recommended products and quickly picked the five best eye drops for ocular rosacea. My list was based on how the drops made my eyes feel, how long the drops remained effective after using them, how easy it is for me to buy them locally, and the price.

As odd as it sounds, I really like the generic Dollar General Lubricant Eye Drops. At less than $4 per bottle, these are really inexpensive. Plus, my teen works for Dollar General, so they’re easy to keep stocked. There is one downfall, however. They do blur the vision for a few minutes. If you use them, you won’t want to be heading out driving or doing anything that needs clear vision, such as reading a book or watching TV. So, they make number five on my list.

For my fourth favorite, I’ll put Systane Ultra. It’s is one of the eye drops recommended by my ophthalmologist and generally I find it is the one that causes the least blurred vision. It feels good when I put it in my eyes and lasts a decent amount of time. It’s also pretty affordable, especially if you can find manufacturer coupons or the twin packs sold in some stores.
GenTeal Gel Drops is another of my choices for best ocular rosacea eye drops, though I’m putting it in third place because it’s a little messier than drops. It lasts a long, long time, making it my favorite before bedtime ocular rosacea eye drop. It has the added benefit of not blurring your vision.

Coming in at number two is Systane Balance. These drops are a little disconcerting as they look like milk. They do, however, maintain moisture levels for a very long time. They are a little more expensive, but they don’t blur the vision at all, making it a great option for an eye drop for ocular rosacea if you are about to head off in your car.

Hands down, my favorite of all the ocular rosacea eye drops I’ve tried goes to GenTeal Gel Drops. These drops last a long time, do not blur my vision, and are in drop form, so they’re easy to put in your eyes. As an added benefit, the manufacturer often puts $3 coupons on the packaging to help you save money. In my local grocery store, I am paying about $6 a bottle for these helpful eye drops for ocular rosacea.