Rosacea can already be a frustrating condition to deal with when you are constantly concerned about redness, blemishes, and flushing on your face. And, for some with rosacea, they can experience uncomfortable eye symptoms as well.
Eye symptoms that flare up due to rosacea are often referred to as ocular rosacea, or type 4 rosacea. Ocular rosacea can occur along with skin rosacea symptoms, or you may experience only eye symptoms, or only skin symptoms.
If you think that you are experiencing eye symptoms from your rosacea it is a good idea to speak with a doctor about treatment options to help get some relief and reduce the incidence of flare-ups.
Below, we will cover some of the signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea, the potential triggers for ocular rosacea, discuss how common ocular rosacea is for those with rosacea, and give you some tips to help avoid or reduce eye symptoms triggered by rosacea.
The signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea can often be dismissed as general irritation, allergies, or a reaction to make-up. So, it is important to know that ocular rosacea is very common and can occur in 58%-72% of patients with rosacea, according to one study.
Ocular rosacea is normally just a mild annoyance. But, if ocular rosacea is left untreated, severe eye symptoms can develop including corneal involvement which can lead to vision loss.
Some of the common signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea to look out for include:
There is currently no cure for rosacea or ocular rosacea, but if you are experiencing these symptoms your doctor may recommend techniques or treatments to help reduce flare-ups or make them less frequent.
Sometimes, steroid eyedrop or ointments may be prescribed to help reduce inflammation, oral antibiotics may be used for severe ocular symptoms. These measures are normally only used temporarily to control flare-ups.
Non-prescription recommendations may include using artificial tears to make the eyes feel more comfortable, or regular gentle washing of the eyelids and surrounding eye areas.
Many of the same things that can trigger skin rosacea symptoms can also lead to the development of eye involvement.
Some of the most common ocular rosacea triggers may include:
Here at Strut, we make getting customized prescription rosacea creams easy. We offer rosacea formulations for your face to help target the redness and flushing from rosacea, as well as helping to reduce the small blemishes commonly found with rosacea. Our formulations can be customized to your specific rosacea needs and may help you keep your skin symptoms in check or calm flare-ups when they do occur.
We don’t make medications that can go in your eye to specifically handle ocular rosacea symptoms. But, we do carry innovative topical rosacea formulations that may be able to reduce skin symptoms that tend to spiral into eye involvement if left untreated.
Using science-backed ingredients like Azelaic Acid, Metronidazole, Ivermectin, and Oxymetazoline can help you reign in your rosacea symptoms with a multi-ingredient cream made specifically for you.
If you are interested in seeing if a topical rosacea formula can help you calm your skin rosacea symptoms, you can have a free online questionnaire and image-based telemedicine consultation with our U.S. licensed doctors today.