Are your eyelids or cheeks generally appear red? Do your eyes feel like they burn or itch? If you have these symptoms, you may have ocular rosacea that often stems from people with rosacea (chronic skin condition). The following are some common signs of ocular rosacea:
- Dry eyes
- Feeling of foreign body in the eye
- Red, swollen eyelids
- Blurred vision
Ocular rosacea primarily affects people between the ages of 30 and 50. It can be hereditary, but may also be due to ocular signs such as meibomian gland dysfunction (blocked glands in the eyelids) and blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids). Furthermore, rosacea can be aggravated by hot or spicy foods, extreme temperatures, and stress, which in turn can cause ocular rosacea flare-ups.
To relieve your symptoms, hot compresses over your eyelids and over-the-counter lubrication eye drops may help. However, for further examination of your eye health, speak to your optometrist today.
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