Rosacea is a relatively common disease that affects people who have a certain predisposition to suffer from this disease. It is characterized by presenting characteristic skin lesions and, above all, generating a marked affectation in the face and the eye area, which we know by the specific name of ocular rosacea. The cause that produces rosacea in all its forms is not yet known precisely, so we say it is of idiopathic cause. However, it is recognized that there is a possible hereditary basis at the origin of the possibility of people manifesting this disease. It is known that although the symptoms may begin mild without affecting daily life so much, as the years go by, the tendency is for them to worsen as the patient’s age progresses.
In this FastlyHealarticle, we explain the symptoms and treatment of ocular rosacea.
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Causes of ocular rosacea
The risk factors, predisposing or triggers of rosacea are all those that produce or favor the dilation of these blood vessels and condition the appearance of rosacea; among them, we will mention the most common:
- Exposure to heat.
- Excessive exposure to sunlight.
- Some foods, especially those that contain a lot of spice.
- The consumption of beverages that contain alcohol.
- Exposure to icy wind.
- Scorching drinks.
- Very intense exercise.
- Prolonged use of topical corticosteroids on the skin.
- Menopause in women.
- Situations that produce extreme emotional stress.
Symptoms of ocular rosacea
The symptoms of ocular rosacea are those produced by the involvement of the blood vessels and can include:
- Redness of the skin, especially on the face.
- Visualization of dilated blood vessels.
- Irritation and inflammation of the eyes.
- Decreased visual acuity and blurred vision.
- Photosensitivity (sensitivity to light).
- Itching and pain in the eye.
- The sensation of having “grit” in the eyes.
- Eye dryness
Treatment of ocular rosacea
In case of presenting some of the symptoms of ocular rosacea described above, it is essential to consult with a medical professional to be evaluated and promptly determine the diagnosis of ocular rosacea to establish a correct and timely treatment under the specialist’s guidelines. That is aimed at preventing the characteristic worsening of this disease over time.
As we know, there is no known cure for this disease. Hence, the basis of the treatment of ocular rosacea is to know well the risk factors, predisposition, and triggers of the symptoms of this disease so that once identified, proceed to avoid them in the past from daily life in a preventive way.
It is essential to maintain correct eye hygiene to avoid complications, such as infections, conjunctivitis, or blepharitis if the eyelashes are affected. In some cases, the doctor may prescribe the use of antibiotics to fight these infections.
In addition to the above, there are some measures and care that it is essential to take into account to alleviate the symptoms of ocular rosacea and prevent them from worsening:
- To help with the symptoms of dry eyes, the use of artificial tears is prescribed to keep the eye well lubricated.
- When possible, make-up should be avoided, as it irritates the affected area, and if used, remove it as soon as possible.
- For eye pain and swelling, you can use hot compresses to help relieve these symptoms.
In addition, we recommend that you consult the treatments in the article Home remedies for rosacea.
This article is merely informative, at FastlyHeal .com we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.
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I am a Surgeon with a diploma in comprehensive ultrasound and surgical care residency, an area I am specializing in. During the exercise of my profession, I have realized the need for patients to know the diseases they suffer, and I can tell you that a large part of their complications is due to a lack of information. Being a health web writer allows me to transmit my experience, without borders, to all those readers eager for knowledge, educate them in the prevention of diseases and promote a healthy lifestyle.