What is it?

Ocular rosacea is inflammation that causes redness, burning and itching of the eyes. It often develops in people who have rosacea, a chronic skin condition that affects the face. Sometimes ocular (eye) rosacea is the first sign that you may later develop the facial type.

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Additional names

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- Ocular rosacea

Signs & symptoms

Signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea can precede the skin symptoms of rosacea, develop at the same time, develop later or occur on their own. Signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea may include:
* Red, burning, itchy or watering eyes
* Dry eyes
* Grittiness or the feeling of having a foreign body in the eye or eyes
* Blurred vision
* Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
* Dilated small blood vessels on the white part of the eye that are visible when you look in a mirror
* Red, swollen eyelids
* Recurrent eye or eyelid infections, such as pink eye (conjunctivitis), blepharitis, sties or chalazia

The severity of ocular rosacea symptoms doesn't always match the severity of skin symptoms.


No specific tests or procedures are used for diagnosing ocular rosacea. Instead, your doctor will likely make a diagnosis based on your symptoms, your medical history, and an examination of your eyes and eyelids, and the skin of your face.


Ocular rosacea can usually be controlled with medication and home eye care. But these steps don't cure the condition, which often remains chronic.

The doctor may prescribe temporary use of oral antibiotics, such as tetracycline, doxycycline, erythromycin and minocycline. For severe disease, you may need to take an antibiotic for a longer time.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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