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What prescription medications can help ocular rosacea?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Doctors typically prescribe oral antibiotics such as tetracycline, doxycycline, erythromycin, or minocycline for severe ocular rosacea. Antibiotics can help unplug oil glands in the eyelid (a common symptom in ocular rosacea) and control bacteria that may play a role in rosacea. In severe cases of ocular rosacea, doctors also may prescribe a short course of steroid eye drops to reduce inflammation. Artificial tears may also be recommended to combat eye dryness.

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