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Ocular Rosacea: Symptoms And Relief

Jan 15, 2008
Ocular rosacea or rosacea of the eyes (ophthalmic) cannot be cured, like facial rosacea. Both types of rosacea can be very painful and visible because of the sufferer's red eyes and face. Ocular rosacea affects close to 50 percent of those that suffer from facial rosacea.

Symptoms include:

Redness

Dryness

Blurred vision

Photosensitivity

Itching

Tearing

Pain

Swollen eye lids

Although rosacea of any kind is not life threatening, the discomfort associated with the condition requires that it be treated by a doctor-specifically a dermatologist or ophthalmologist-so that the pain and discomfort can be alleviated. Ignoring ocular rosacea could lead to cornea damage or impaired vision, even blindness. However, both of these consequences are rare.

Depending on the seriousness of the rosacea, a doctor may prescribe external treatments like eye drops or skin cream and also an antibiotic like tetracycline. Rosacea is impacted by the body's vascular system, or blood flow through the body, and there is no way to eliminate it. But with these treatments the bacteria present with rosacea can be killed, which will reduce the symptoms.

In addition to the drugs prescribed by a doctor it is important that you identify your triggers-for example, cold weather, spicy foods, stress-and then modify your diet and routine to avoid them. It is also important to use skin care products designed for rosacea and sensitive skin.
About the Author
Author Sara Musfeldt developed SkinFitnessFacts.com to help people achieve fit skin. The website has info on acne, rosacea, ocular rosacea, and alcohol related rosacea.
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