Ocular Rosacea

What is Ocular Rosacea?

Ocular Rosacea is a disorder of the eye that consists of dryness and redness, as well as inflammation of the eyelids. It is a chronic condition and often associated with the same skin condition, facial rosacea. Ocular Rosacea can cause a range of symptoms and is a significant cause of decreased vision in some cases.

Signs and Symptoms of Ocular Rosacea

Common signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea include:

  • Dry eyes and/or excessive tears
  • Redness of the eyes and eyelids
  • Burning, stinging, and/or itching of the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Discomfort when wearing contact lenses
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Blurred vision
  • Infection

Causes of Ocular Rosacea

The exact cause of ocular rosacea is not known. However, it is believed to be related to a number of factors, such as heredity and certain environmental triggers. Not everyone who has facial rosacea develops ocular rosacea, but it is more common in those with facial rosacea.

Treatment of Ocular Rosacea

The primary goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation and prevent complications such as infection. Treatment typically includes medications, such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and/or steroids. Surgery or laser treatment may be necessary in some cases. Additionally, avoiding known triggers is important in managing the condition.


Ocular Rosacea is a chronic condition that can cause various symptoms and lead to decreased vision if left untreated. The exact cause of ocular rosacea is unclear, but it is thought to be related to certain environmental triggers, heredity, and facial rosacea. Treatment typically includes medications, and avoiding known triggers is important in managing the condition.