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Is Ocular Rosacea A Progressive Disease & Alternative Treatment For It?

Ocular rosacea is a chronic condition of the eyes that causes redness, burning, and inflammation of the eyes. It is usually seen in people with skin rosacea. However, those without skin rosacea may also get affected by ocular rosacea.(1)(2)

Is Ocular Rosacea A Progressive Disease?

Is Ocular Rosacea A Progressive Disease?

The symptoms of ocular rosacea can usually be managed with treatment and home care. However, there is no cure for this condition. Ocular rosacea often stays chronic.

Even if there is a seeming remission, it mostly always recurs. Some oral antibiotics may work temporarily.(2)(3)

Alternative Treatment For Ocular Rosacea

Some natural treatment methods may work for ocular rosacea. However, they are not expected to work at once. They will help relieve the symptoms when practiced over time. These may consist of-

  • An eyelid wash can be prepared at home. It can be made using some baby shampoo and warm water. It is like the eyelid washes that are available in the shops. Applying this to the eyelids with the help of a washcloth can help in relieving the symptoms of ocular rosacea.(3)
  • A warm compress can help in opening the clogged glands and stabilizing the tear film. These can be done many times a day.(3)
  • You can also apply a gentle massage to the eyelids, to help in unblocking the clogged glands. The blocked glands may be the main cause of the inflammation.(3)
  • Eating a diet rich in flaxseeds and fish oil can also be helpful in treating ocular rosacea.(3)
  • If there is excessive dryness, using artificial tear drops (suggested by your doctor) can help.(2)

You may want to avoid certain things that make your ocular rosacea worse. These may consist of-

  • Avoid wearing eye make-up, if your eyes are irritated and inflamed. When using make-up, choose the one that is non comedogenic or non-oily, hypoallergenic and without fragrance.
  • Stay away from using contact lenses, especially you have dry eyes and there is also a flare-up
  • Refrain from possible triggers that cause a flare-up. Potential triggers may include anything that leads to a dilatation of blood vessels of your face. Spicy and hot foods, alcoholic beverages can all be the potential triggers.

Signs And Symptoms Of Ocular Rosacea

The signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea may start together with the reactions of skin rosacea, may start beforehand or maybe after the beginning of skin rosacea. They may similarly grow regardless of ocular rosacea. The signs and symptoms of this condition may involve-

  • Dryness of the eyes
  • Irritation of the eyes
  • Stabbing sensation in the eyes
  • tendency feeling as if something is stuck in the eyes
  • Blurry or hazy vision
  • Photophobia or sensitivity to light
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Inflammation or swelling in the eyes
  • Excessive or intense tearing
  • Dilatation of the small blood vessels of eyes. These extended blood vessels can be seen when looked in the mirror.
  • The signs and manifestations of ocular rosacea may differ from that of skin rosacea.(1)

Complications Of Ocular Rosacea

Ocular rosacea can cause complications related to the cornea. This is especially a risk if you also suffer from dry eyes or lack of tears. Damage to the cornea can cause damage to the vision. If blepharitis or inflammation of the eyelids develops, it can also cause damage or irritation to the cornea. Severe damage to the cornea can lead to a perpetual loss of vision.(1)


Ocular rosacea does not get cured completely. The treatment may lead to a temporary cure and a reduction in symptoms. However, ocular rosacea usually persists as a chronic condition and can also recur anytime, even if it seems to be regressing. Alternative treatment methods, when practised regularly over time, can provide some relief from the symptoms of ocular rosacea.


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Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Sheetal DeCaria, M.D. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:March 25, 2022

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