Ocular Rosacea

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What is Ocular Rosacea?

Ocular rosacea is an inflammatory condition that affects the eyes, often occurring in individuals who have rosacea, a chronic skin condition. It primarily involves the eyelids and the front part of the eye, leading to redness, irritation, and other symptoms. If left untreated, ocular rosacea can lead to more serious complications, including vision loss.

Symptoms of Ocular Rosacea

  • Red, Bloodshot Eyes: Persistent redness in the eyes.
  • Dry, Gritty Sensation: Feeling like there is sand in the eyes.
  • Burning or Stinging: Discomfort or pain in the eyes.
  • Swollen Eyelids: Inflammation and swelling of the eyelids.
  • Blurred Vision: Temporary blurring of vision.
  • Light Sensitivity: Increased sensitivity to light (photophobia).

Causes and Risk Factors

The exact cause of ocular rosacea is unknown, but it is believed to result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Risk factors include:

  • Facial Rosacea: Those with facial rosacea are more likely to develop ocular rosacea.
  • Age: More common in adults over 30.
  • Gender: Slightly more prevalent in women, although men may experience more severe symptoms.
  • Family History: Genetic predisposition to rosacea or other inflammatory conditions.


Accurate diagnosis is crucial for managing ocular rosacea effectively. Our clinic provides comprehensive diagnostic services, including:

  • Ophthalmic Examination: Detailed eye examination to assess the extent of inflammation and other symptoms.
  • Slit-Lamp Examination: Using a specialized microscope to examine the eyes and eyelids.
  • Patient History: Discussion of symptoms and any related skin conditions.


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