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Homeopathic Medicines for Ocular Rosacea

Ocular rosacea refers to inflammation of the eye that affects people having rosacea. Rosacea is a skin condition that affects the face which is characterised by redness, flushing of the face with prominent blood vessels and pus filled eruptions. In ocular rosacea there appears redness, irritation, itching and burning in the eyes. In some cases ocular rosacea appears first followed by rosacea on the skin that affects the face. Homeopathic Medicines for Ocular Rosacea like Belladonna, Euphrasia, Aconite and Sulphur help reduce inflammation. Homeopathic Medicines for Ocular Rosacea

Approximately 50 % to 70 % people who suffer from skin rosacea carry a chance to suffer from ocular rosacea. Ocular rosacea mostly affects people between the age group of 30 to 50 years.


The reason behind it is not clearly known. But there are certain factors linked with. These factors include family history of ocular rosacea, eyelash mites, blockage in the eyelid glands, and environmental factors. Apart from this there are few factors that tend to worsen it. These factors majorly include taking alcohol, spicy foods, caffeine, emotions (like anger, stress), sunlight, extreme temperatures, intense exercise, hot baths and some medications like cortisone creams. 


The symptoms of this condition are itching, stinging, burning, dryness in the eyes and watering from the eyes. Few symptoms other than this include gritty / foreign body sensation in the eyes, light sensitivity or photophobia and blurred vision. Along with these the eyes also appear red and there is swelling of the eyelids. If skin symptoms and eye symptoms are present together then it is not necessary that intensity of both will be the same. In ocular rosacea the cornea (a transparent membrane that covers the front of the eye) can be affected sometimes. The chances of involvement of cornea are more if there is complaint of dry eyes. When corneal complications are present vision complaints arise. In severe cases vision loss can arise.

Homeopathic Medicines for Ocular Rosacea 

Homeopathic medicines are very effective to manage cases of ocular rosacea. These medicines help in reducing eye inflammation. With this they also help to relieve its symptoms in an excellent manner. The signs and symptoms of that can be managed with homeopathic medicines include redness of eyes, watering from eyes, dry eyes, itchy eyes, burning in eyes, sensitivity to light, gritty sensation in eyes and swelling of the eyelids. The homeopathic medicines for treating this condition are of natural origin that are free from any of the side effects. The most suitable medicine is selected according to the signs and symptoms present in every individual case. 

  1. Belladonna – To Reduce Marked Eye Redness 

Belladonna is a natural homeopathic medicine prepared from a plant named Deadly Nightshade. This plant belongs to family solanaceae. This medicine is mainly given when there is intense redness of the eyes. With this there is heat in the eyes. Sometimes dryness and itching in the eyes is also present. Other symptoms that may attend above are pain in the eyes, burning sensation in the eyes and aversion to light.

  1. Euphrasia – To Manage Watering from Eyes 

Homeopathic medicine Euphrasia is prepared from a plant Euphrasia Officinalis commonly known by the name of eyebright. This plant belongs to family scrophulariaceae. It is a leading medicine to manage watering from the eyes in these cases. Along with this itching is present in the eyes in cases needing Euphrasia. Other accompanying symptoms are burning, smarting and redness in the eyes. Eyelids swelling most of the time are present. Sensation of sand in the eyes is also marked with above symptoms.

  1. Aconite – For Managing Dry, Red Eyes 

Homeopathic medicine Aconite is prepared from plant Aconitum Napellus commonly known by the name of monkshood. This plant belongs to family ranunculaceae. It is very helpful to manage dryness of the eyes in these cases. Persons needing it also have redness, inflammation and heat in the eyes. They also feel a gritty sensation as from sand in the eyes. Sometimes they have swelling in the eyelids also. 

  1. Sulphur – To Relieve Itching in the Eyes

Homeopathic medicine Sulphur effectively manages itching in the eyes in these cases. Persons who need it also complain of intense burning in the eyes along with itching. Few other symptoms that they may have are dryness in eyes, smarting sensation or sand like gritty sensation in the eyes. Aversion to light (photophobia) is also frequently seen among them.

  1. Arsenic Album – To Manage Burning Sensation in the Eyes 

Arsenic Album is very helpful to manage burning sensation in the eyes. Most times the burning gets worse in the evening time where this medicine is required. Along with burning watering from the eyes is also there. There may also be swelling of the eyes. Sometimes dryness of the eyes appear. Sensation of sand in the eyes along with desire to rub the eyes frequently is another attending symptom.

  1. Natrum Mur – To Manage Sensitivity to Light (Photophobia) 

Natrum Mur offers great help to manage sensitivity to light i.e. photophobia. Cases needing it also have redness, burning, itching and a smarting sensation in the eyes. Dryness in eyes along with gritty sensation also accompany above in many cases. Blurring of vision is also commonly present with these symptoms.

  1. Pulsatilla – To Manage Gritty Sensation in the Eyes

Homeopathic medicine Pulsatilla is prepared from a plant Pulsatilla Nigricans commonly known as windflower or pasque flower. This plant belongs to family ranunculaceae. It is mostly given to manage gritty / foreign body sensation in the eyes. Due to this person frequently keeps on rubbing his/her eyes. Along with this itching in the eyes may also be there. Swelling of the eyes is also noted in many cases that need Pulsatilla.

  1. Apis Mellifica – For Reducing Swelling of the Eyelids 

Apis Mellifica is very beneficial to reduce swelling of the eyelids. Persons needing it have intense swelling of the eyelids along with burning and stinging sensation in the eyes. Sometimes they have a biting and smarting sensation in the eyes. Their eyes are also markedly red. Watering from the eyes is another symptom they frequently complain of. Another symptom that they may have is sensitivity to the light (photophobia).

  1. Argentum Nitricum – For Eye Redness and Swollen Eyelids

This medicine is a useful medicine for managing eye redness and swelling of eyelids. Along with this, dryness and heat is felt in the eyes. Sometimes complaints of photophobia (sensitivity to light) may be present. Itching, burning, biting pain and blurring of vision are the rest of the accompanying symptoms.

  1. Calcarea Carb – For Stinging Sensation in the Eyes

This medicine works well for stinging sensation in the eyes. Persons needing it also have  burning and itching in eyes with stinging. Photophobia is present which is worse in the morning and evening time. Eyes are also red. They may also have watering from eyes and stitching sensation in eyes. They feel watering from eyes is worse in open air. 

  1. Merc Sol – For Burning and Watering from Eyes

Merc Sol is considered in cases where burning sensation and watering from eyes is well marked. The watering is very profuse. With this the eyes are red. Sensitivity to light is present too. Swelling of eyelids sometimes accompany the above symptoms.

  1. Allium Cepa – For Red, Itchy Eyes

It is prepared from a common red onion that belongs to the liliaceae family. Allium Cepa is a beneficial medicine for red, itchy eyes. Eyes are also sensitive to light where it is required. A burning, biting, stinging and smarting sensation in eyes frequently appears with this. This is attended with desire to rub the eyes.

  1. Phosphorus – For Sensitivity to Light (Photophobia)

Phosphorus works well in cases having marked sensitivity to light. In cases needing it burning in eyes and copious watering from eyes is also present. Itching and a smarting sensation in eyes accompany it. Sensation of sand in the eye, especially the left side can also appear.

  1. Nux Moschata – For Eye Dryness

This medicine is prepared from powdered seeds of plant myristica fragrans also called nutmeg. It belongs to the family myristicaceae.  It is a significant medicine for managing dryness of eyes. Some people needing it also suffer from burning sensation in their eyes. Additionally they may have profuse lachrymation (means watering from eyes).

  1. Thuja – For Intense Redness and Sensation of Sand in Eyes

This medicine is prepared from fresh green twigs of plant Thuja occidentalis commonly known as Arbor Vitae. This plant belongs to family coniferae. This medicine is very helpful when the eyes are very red and appear blood red along with a sensation of sand in the eyes. Eyes also feel dry with it. Burning sensation in the eyes may be present and the eyelids may get swollen.

  1. Psorinum – For Profuse Flow of Hot Water from Eyes

Psorinum is well indicated for cases where profuse flow of hot water from eyes is present. The eyes are red and a burning sensation is present. There is a desire to close eyes. Photophobia appears, and blurred vision may also be there.

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  1. Hi what’s the best remedy for me to try? I have blepharitis most likely caused by rosacea. I was put on doxycycline and given steroid drops. I’ve stopped the doxy and I’m now to use steroid drops when I get flare ups. My main symptoms are redness of the cornea, especially around the pupil at the out edges or towards inner corner, but always coming near the pupil. (I do go regularly to my ophthalmologist to ensure my eyes are ok etc). I find my eyes get drier towards the evening, and my lids feel heavier in the eve. I want to close my eyes or someone press down (not for long) on my eyes. They don’t really itch. When my eyes feel good they are light, easy to open and not dry. I’ve tried the following remedies, I see a little improvement but nothing had really made it go away:

    Aconite – helps with pain relief but feels like it’s a temporary fix
    Rhus tox – seemed to work on day one and day 2 but then I felt the condition wasn’t improving
    Staphisagria – seemed a little improvement over 2 days but nothing markedly improved
    Euphrasia – no effect
    Sulphur – no effect
    At times I have tried Argent and Nat Mur – I don’t recall those really working

    What would you suggest based on my symptoms?

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