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What Happens To Untreated Ocular Rosacea & When To Go To A Doctor?

Ocular rosacea is a condition of the eyes which leads to the burning, redness, and inflammation of the eyes. Usually, those who have skin rosacea develop ocular rosacea.

However, those without skin rosacea can also develop this condition.(1,2)

What Happens To Untreated Ocular Rosacea?

What Happens To Untreated Ocular Rosacea?

If left untreated, ocular rosacea can lead to damage to your cornea. This is especially possible if you suffer from dry eyes due to a lack of tears. If the cornea is affected, it may lead to vision problems. Blepharitis or inflammation of the eyelids can lead to a secondary irritation of the cornea. Severe complications of the cornea can cause a vision loss.(1)

When To Go To A Doctor For Ocular Rosacea?

If you see any of the signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea (that are mentioned below), you must go and see your doctor. Also, if you have skin rosacea already, it might be a good idea to ask your doctor about whether you should visit an eye doctor periodically.(1)

The signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea may begin parallelly with the side effects of skin rosacea, may begin previously or significantly after the advancement of skin rosacea. They may likewise develop irrespective of ocular rosacea. The signs and indications of this condition may comprise of the following –

  • Dryness in the eyes
  • Irritation of the eyes
  • Pricking sensation in the eyes
  • An inclination as though something is stuck in the eyes
  • Blurry or hazy vision
  • Photophobia or sensitivity to light
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Inflammation in the eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Dilatation of the little blood vessels of eyes. These enlarged blood vessels can be seen when looked into the mirror.

The signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea may contrast in seriousness from that of skin rosacea.(1)

Risk Factors For Ocular Rosacea

Those having rosacea of skin are generally the ones being more in danger of developing ocular rosacea. That said, it can likewise be found in individuals without the rosacea of the skin. Ocular rosacea apparently affects individuals of all genders similarly. It is additionally theorized that those having rosacea who become flushed easily, are bound to create signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea too.(1)

A few reasons may fuel the skin rosacea. These factors can heighten ocular rosacea also. These triggering variables comprise of the following-

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Spicy and hot foods and drinks
  • Exposure to intense sunlight or wind
  • Exposure to intense temperatures
  • Emotions like resentment, stress, humiliation, embarrassment and so on.
  • Exhausting physical activities
  • Sauna showers or showers with incredibly high temp water
  • A few meds like those that widen the blood vessels(1)

Prevention Of Ocular Rosacea

Since the specific reason for ocular rosacea isn’t known, it is hard to avert it. Additionally, the vast majority of the speculated causes, like heredity, ecological or environmental elements and so forth can’t be avoided, it makes it hard to forestall ocular rosacea. That said, certain components like bacterial contaminations and so on can be avoided if proper hygiene and cleanliness are kept up, and the flare-ups of this condition can be prevented. Not touching the eyes without washing the hands earlier, can help a lot in forestalling the flare-ups of ocular rosacea.

Staying away from different components like hot and spicy foods, alcoholic drinks, wind or sunlight, outrageous temperatures, extraordinary feelings like stress, outrage and so forth, a few medicines, etc. can help in avoidance of flare-ups of ocular rosacea.


Untreated ocular rosacea can lead to damage to the cornea, which in turn can cause a perpetual loss of vision. If you see signs and symptoms like those mentioned here or those pertaining to ocular rosacea, you must consult with your primary healthcare provider at once.


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Last Modified On:March 14, 2022

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