I have had a relatively mild case of Rosacea for many years, and during the past ten years developed dry eye syndrome and another problem of which I do not know the name. It is an infection for which there is no known cure, although steroids can be used to control the symptoms temporarily. The main problem with this condition is that each time one wakes from sleep, the eyelids are firmly stuck to the eyeballs, and releasing the lids can be quite painful at times. I have seen two recognized experts in this problem and both have confirmed that there is no known cure - only control strategies.
My family doctor recommended Metrogel for the rosacea problem and it certainly helped, but I recalled that a previous doctor had prescribed Tetracycline for this purpose. I suggested to my current doctor that we switch to Tetracycline to see if it would also ease the eye problem. He agreed and suggested that I also keep the Metrogel on hand for those times when the Rosacea flares up.
It worked like a charm. From the first application, the eye lid stickiness was greatly reduced and the Rosacea is also under control most of the time.
I understand that Rosacea, dry eye, and this eye infection often go together even though they are different in origin.