OCULAR ROSACEA

Description

It is an inflammation that causes redness, burning and itching of the eyes

Symptoms

  • Itchy eyes
  • Red, swollen eyelids
  • Burning or stinging in the eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Photophobia
  • Dilated small blood vessels
  • Grittiness or feeling of having a foreign body in the eye
  • Tearing

Causes

  • Blocked oil glands
  • Mites
  • Heredity
  • Environmental factors
  • Bacterial involvement

Risk Factors

  • Hot or spicy foods or beverages
  • Alcohol
  • Sunlight, wind or temperature extremes
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Hot baths or saunas
  • Cortisone creams
  • Drugs that dilate blood vessels
  • Emotions, such as stress, anger or embarrassment

Diagnostic Tests

  • Examination of eyes and eyelids
  • Diagnosed based on symptoms and medical history

Treatment

  • Warm moist compresses
  • Probing
  • Oral antibiotics:
  • Tetracycline
  • Doxycycline
  • Erythromycin
  • Minocycline

Lifestyle Management

  • Keep the eyelids clean
  • Avoid makeup
  • Avoid contact lenses
  • Use artificial tears
  • Wear glasses or sunglasses