Studies Find Topical Cyclosporine Best for Ocular Rosacea

A 2015 report released in the International Journal of Ophthalmology offers new relief to people dealing with ocular rosacea. If you have this form of rosacea, you know the irritation that occurs daily if you haven’t found a suitable treatment plan. The sensation that feels like there is always sand in your eyes, the painful burning of styes that form on your eyelid, and the redness and watering that others notice and comment on. Many eye doctors recommend doxycycline as a remedy, but this oral medicine must be used safely as long-term usage is not advised. A recent student found a better alternative.

Topical Cyclosporine

Cyclosporine is a topical eye drop that's available by prescription. Side effects are not common, though some feel mild discomfort after using the drops. Many doctors prescribe these drops as a treatment for dry eye syndrome, but a June 2015 report shows in a study of 110 patients that the drops proved effective at treating ocular rosacea.

The participants in this study were broken into groups. Some used the eye drops twice a day for 90 days. Others received oral doxycycline twice a day for 30 days and then once a day for the next 60 days. Both groups were then asked to answer questions after the 90 days were up. Those in the group using cyclosporine eye drops showed significantly reduced signs of ocular rosacea at the end of 90 days.

Talk to Your Eye Doctor

If ocular rosacea is getting you down, talk to your eye doctor about cyclosporine. It may be the solution you need to end the scratchy, painful condition.