RosaceaNet Spotlight Article
What is ocular rosacea?
Rosacea can affect more than your skin.
It can affect your eyes. When rosacea develops in the eyes, it is
called ocular rosacea. Common symptoms are dry, itchy, and irritated
eyes. Some people see flaking and redness along the edge of their
eyelids and around their eyelashes. Your eyes may burn or sting.
When rosacea develops in the eyes, it can appear in one or both
eyes. Some people who get rosacea in their eyes have little or no
rosacea on their skin. Most people, however, have had rosacea on
their skin for a while. A few people get rosacea in their eyes first
and later see rosacea begin on their skin.
Ocular rosacea. When rosacea
affects the eyes, you often see blood vessels in the eye and on
rosacea. Some people
develop inflamed cysts (styes) on their eyelids.
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There is no way to tell whether a
person will get ocular rosacea. If you have rosacea or are having
eyes problems, it is important that you:
Keep track of all eye problems.
Writing down any problems you have with your eyes can help find
ocular rosacea early. Without treatment, rosacea in the eyes
sometimes leads to problems. An ulcer can develop on the eye.
This can cause an eye infection and even problems seeing.
Be sure to tell your dermatologist about any eye problems during
your next appointment.
Rosacea affects the eyes in
more than half of the people who have rosacea.
Signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea
If you do not have rosacea on your skin, you can still have it in
your eyes. Ocular rosacea tends to come and go. Signs and symptoms
of ocular rosacea are:
When you look in the mirror you see:
Blood vessels in your eyes and/or
Red, swollen eyelid with scale that
sticks to the eyelash
An inflamed cyst (stye) on your
Your eyes may have one or more
When rosacea develops in the eyes,
treatment is essential. Your dermatologist can create a treatment
plan that alleviates the signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea.
Learn more about ocular rosacea:
Rosacea Treatment: Eye Problems
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