Rosacea is a chronic but treatable condition characterized by facial redness and red bumps and pimples. Ocular Rosacea occurs when this skin condition also causes flare ups that irritate the eyes.
Symptoms of Ocular Rosacea
The National Rosacea Society estimates that 50% of patients experience related eye symptoms, like having the feeling that there is something in the eye and suffering from irritated eyes that appear watery or bloodshot.
In some cases, the eyelids can become red and swollen. The eyelids and eye lashes may accumulate crust, and patients may become susceptible to styes (eyelid infections) and chalazia (clogged oil glands on the eyelid).
Causes of Ocular Rosacea
Rosacea seems to run in families, indicating a possible hereditary component to the condition. Many specialists believe it may be the result of an inflammatory process.
Additionally, recent research has linked a common mite called Demodex Folliculorum as a potential contributor.
Treatments for Ocular Rosacea
Many people with Rosacea see their Dermatologist to manage the facial symptoms. When it comes to ocular flare ups, an Ophthalmologist or Eye MD has a few options to treat the eyes:
- Steroid Eye Drops or Ointments
- Antibiotic Pills or Topical Medications
- Artificial Tears
- Specially designed Eyelid Scrubs and Cleaning Products
In addition, over-the-counter tea tree oil and other eye hygiene products may also prove helpful.
If you believe you may be suffering from Ocular Rosacea and you’re located in Central New Jersey, contact our office to set up an eye exam. With so many treatments available, there’s no need to suffer with this condition.