Ocular Rosacea 21st April 2021

Exploring Ocular Rosacea

Rosacea is one of the world’s most common skin conditions and is said to affect over 415 million people all across the globe. Some of its most recognisable symptoms include facial flushing and redness, sensitivity to water or skincare products, dry skin, itchiness and irritation. 

At present, there are four known types of rosacea: erythematotelangiectatic, papulopustular, phymatous and ocular. These can be distinguished by both where they occur on the skin (or body) and how they present themselves. Today, our focus is ocular rosacea and this blog will explore what makes this different to other classifications of this condition. 

Ocular Rosacea Defined 

In ocular rosacea, symptoms tend to affect the eyes. It is a concern that is characterised by the development of sore, red and itchy eyes (and eyelids) over time – traits that often leave the sufferer in considerable discomfort. 

Ocular rosacea may be responsible for watery eyes, light sensitivity, blurred vision and frequent eye or eyelid infections, such as conjunctivitis or blepharitis. Those diagnosed with this condition may also be more vulnerable to styes or cysts. Some people even report the sensation of something being stuck or trapped in their eyes. 

If you think you have ocular rosacea, it is advisable to consult a medical professional as soon as possible. Although this can be easy to manage, when left untreated, it may lead to vision loss. 

What Causes Ocular Rosacea? 

As with skin rosacea, it is sometimes difficult to determine the root cause of ocular rosacea. Research indicates that it can develop as a result of numerous environmental or hereditary factors and may even be caused by the presence of bacteria or microorganisms on the skin or in the eyes. Blocked glands in the eyes are typically associated with the emergence of ocular rosacea. 

In many instances, ocular rosacea occurs in people who have already been diagnosed with another form of rosacea, although this isn’t always the case. 

It has also been found that ocular rosacea can be triggered, or made worse, by the consumption of alcohol, exposure to extreme temperatures and engaging in intensive exercise. For some, the symptoms of rosacea also reveal themselves during periods of heightened emotion, such as anger, stress or anxiety. 

Home Treatments For Ocular Rosacea 

Before more drastic measures are introduced for the treatment of ocular rosacea, there are many ways that its symptoms can be managed at home. These include the use of a homemade eye-cleaning solution – a mixture of baby shampoo and warm water – to keep the eyes clear of debris and holding warm compresses to the affected area for no longer than 10 minutes. 

If there is no substantial improvement after taking these steps, it is recommended that rosacea sufferers get in touch with an appropriate professional to determine their next steps. And we have just the person. 

Rosacea Treatment With Dr Firas

Throughout a long and successful career, Dr Firas Al-Niami has carved out a reputation as one of the world’s most renowned dermatologists. Thanks to his intimate knowledge of all manner of skin and health concerns, he will be able to provide you with suitable advice and treatment for the management of your rosacea symptoms, ocular or otherwise. 

To book in with him for a consultation, please visit his website or call 0208 191 8871 today. 


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