Over half of patients with facial rosacea may have eye inflammation
and other symptoms of a condition known as ocular rosacea.
The exact relationship between facial rosacea and ocular rosecea is unclear. Rosacea skin and eye symptoms do not necessarily follow the same course. The diagnosis is often missed as the symptoms are not specific to rosacea and there is no specific test to prove that the patient definitely has ocular rosacea.There is often eye irritation and a gritty sensation in the eyes. These symptoms may also be seen in other conditions with eyelid oil gland dysfunction and in conditions with decreased tear production.If the condition is identified it can often be treated so that the inflammation is controlled and irritation and discomfort are reduced. For mild disease topical treatment including eyelid scrubs, warm soaks, and eye lubricants are helpful. Oral antibiotics such as doxycycline may be helpful as well.For people experiencing issues with their eyes and have already been diagnosed with rosacea of the skin, discuss the possibility of ocular rosacea with your ophthalmologist.