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What Are the Symptoms of Ocular Rosacea?

What Are the Symptoms of Ocular Rosacea?


The symptoms of ocular rosacea are dry and itchy eyes, accompanied at times with a burning and stinging sensation, blurred vision, redness, dilated blood vessels, red and swollen eyelids and styes. Ocular rosacea results from having rosacea in other parts of the body such as the face, nose and forehead. However, ocular rosacea it can also manifest by itself.

Rosacea in General

Rosacea is defined as a skin disease that causes pimples and redness. The redness is made up of spider veins or blood vessels that are visible on the skin, as well as red bumps made up of pustules and papules.

Rosacea and is a long-term disease usually affecting individuals between the ages of thirty to sixty and most commonly found on people with fair skin. Rosacea however can affect any type of skin and may come to some at a younger age. It has been found that around fifty percent of individuals afflicted with skin rosacea also have ocular rosacea.

Ocular Rosacea

Ocular rosacea meanwhile is rosacea that affects the eyes, with the symptoms as described above, usually manifest in individuals between the ages of thirty to sixty, just like rosacea of the face.

One of the first signs of ocular rosacea is dry eyes. It is wise to have yourself checked for ocular rosacea if you are experiencing dry eyes, as ocular rosacea will only get worse if it is left untreated. Furthermore, there is no real treatment or cure for ocular rosacea, only medications to help sufferers manage this condition, thus the earlier it is detected, the better, before the symptoms get out of control.

Managing Ocular Rosacea

The management and medical care for ocular rosacea will depend on the exact symptoms that accompany the condition. For example, for dry eyes, artificial tears can be prescribed, an for the inflammation, oral anti-inflammatory medication.





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