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What Is Ocular Rosacea? How Rosacea Can Affect Your Eyes

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Ocular rosacea is an eye condition related to the skin condition rosacea.

Some people may have rosacea without ocular rosacea, ocular rosacea with no skin rosacea, or both conditions.

Women are more likely than men to have rosacea and ocular rosacea.

Those with pale skin are more likely to have rosacea and ocular rosacea.

Ocular rosacea symptoms include:

  • Red, burning, itching, or watering eyes
  • The feeling that something is stuck in your eye
  • Redness and swelling of the eyelids
  • Redness and swelling at the base of eyelashes
  • Visible dilated small vessels in the eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Tearing

What causes Ocular Rosacea?

The exact cause of ocular rosacea is unknown, it could be genetic or environmental.

Some theories of what causes the ocular rosacea symptoms include:

  • Abnormal swelling of vessels in the eyes.
  • Clogged oil glands and pores around the eye by the increased presence of mites or other organisms.
  • Potential link between the presence of H.Pylori bacteria which also plays a role in gastrointestinal infections.

Ocular Rosacea triggers:

Certain environments and situations may be triggers for ocular rosacea flare-ups.

Common ocular rosacea triggers or aggravators include:

  • Hot or spicy foods and drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Bright sunlight
  • Wind
  • Extreme hot or cold temperatures
  • Feeling stressed, angry, or embarrassed
  • Intense exercise
  • Hot showers, saunas, or baths
  • Medications that dilate blood vessels

If you notice that you tend to get eye issues after being in one of these situations, you should take precautions to avoid the aggravator to help limit ocular rosacea flare-ups.

How common is Ocular Rosacea?

Skin rosacea, or acne rosacea, occurs in about 1 out of every 10 people.

And, of those that have rosacea on their skin, about 6-18% experience ocular rosacea symptoms as well.

Some reports think that this percentage may be too low and estimate that up to 60% of rosacea patients experience some level of ocular involvement.

How to treat Ocular Rosacea?

If you think you may have ocular rosacea, it is good to have initial and periodic eye exams with an ophthalmologist to make sure nothing else is going on that could cause damage.

Most cases of ocular rosacea are mild, but if the inflammation of the cornea is intense, this could lead to a corneal ulcer which if left untreated could permanently affect sight.

After being seen and diagnosed by a doctor, they may recommend some of the following treatments:

Lid hygiene: Daily cleansing with a Q-Tip and water or dilute baby shampoo to clear bacteria and debris from the lid and lash area.

Prescriptions: Antibiotics or antibiotic + steroid combinations are sometimes prescribed in oral, topical, or eyedrop form.

Eye hydration: Artificial tears eyedrops or a humidifier may be recommended to help with dryness and irritation.

Trigger avoidance: Avoiding food, beverages, and environments that may be triggering for your ocular rosacea.

Strut Rosacea Formula:

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