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    Every now and again I suffer with stinging eyes. I have to squint and blink a lot which is really frustrating. I often read about ocular rosacea causing grittiness/dryness. They do feel dry but not gritty, its more like there is a constant draft blowing in them.
    Does this sound like ocular rosacea? I've tried eye drops and I'm already on antibiotics (doxycycline). Is there anything else I can do?

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    The only thing that really helps for me against my varying symptoms, one of them being ocular rosacea, is low dose accutane. Clonidine also helps alot in my case, since it takes away the flushing and blushing, which is what causes the inflammation and disfunctional blood vessels, or the other way around (works in both ways). The inflammation and ****ed up blood vessels are what causes the symptoms, like ocular rosacea. So decreasing these problems (easier said than done) helps all rosacea symptoms including ocular rosacea.

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    Flemmo,

    I do have the same symtoms since, well let me think...more than 15 years now. I went to an eye specialist after this symptoms startet, he made a couple of tests and found out that I have "simply" dry eyes, which of course he said may come from rosacea. But I don't have any inflamation or other symtoms other than that. So I have to take artificial tear drops. I was told from this doc to use them daily, but I don't do this on days when my eyes feel ok. This really helps and the symtoms didn't got worse in this 15 years. But I think I better should really use them on a daily basis from now on to prevent getting this symptoms. When starting trying out different artificial tear drops they where irritating my eyes untill I found out that I can't tolerate prservatives in my eyes. So I have to use single use portions (once open it can be used for 24 hours). They are a little bit more expensive than normal once with preservative, but it has to be. The name of the drops I use here in Germany is: Lacrisic SE from the company Alcon.

    Hope this helps.
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    Thanks Barbara. I think I'll try a different type of eye drop. I have previously only used Optrex eye drop which didn't seem to help. Still, plenty more to choose from!

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    I have dry eyes too but haven't used anything for them.

    does anyone know good over the counter eye drops for this??

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    If I remember correctly you can buy artifical tears OTC and they should be cheaper than the big branded stuff.

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    Hi Moomy,
    I like any preservative-free rewetting drops that you can buy OTC. Refresh tears, cellufresh, etc. The preservative-free drops that come in single dose units that you throw away after each use. The advantage with these is that there is absolutely nothing in them to cause sensitivity reactions.

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    Hi flemmo,

    I have the exact same thing as you have described. It always feels like my eyes are stinging and I have to squint a lot. Every eye doctor I've seen says its dry eyes, although sometimes they are itchy from allergies. I have patenol drops for when they very itchy/red from allergies.

    The best drops for dry eyes that I have found are Thera Tears perservative-free drops. They come in individual vial things but this is good because you can really saturate your eyes with many drops. I put about 10 drops in each eye over 5 min period.

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    hey RedZone,
    TheraTears seems to be yet another product not available in the UK
    I think I'll give Refresh Ophthalmic Solution a try as it comes in individual vials so should at least keep fresh.
    Its amazing how behind the UK is medically. Right from the word go everyone in the UK has seemed clueless on Rosacea, good topical treatment, IPL, etc etc. I blame the NHS

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    Hi Flemmo,
    I thought the UK was way more advanced than the US with rosacea. After all, you guys have docs like Dr. Crouch. So far, I have been unable to find anyone like him here.

    Best wishes,
    Melissa

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