What is Ocular Rosacea?
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 rosacea is the first sign that you may later develop the facial type. At the Expert Dry Eye Clinic, we can help you to control and treat the symptoms and manage your condition effectively.
Ocular rosacea primarily affects adults between the ages of 30 and 50+, It seems to develop in people who tend to blush and flush easily, also people with fair skin. The symptoms can often be relieved with warm (not hot) compresses on the lids, Blephx, and eye drops and possibly IPL with the M22 TM, often a combined approach will be effective in treating the symptoms.
The main symptoms of ocular include:
- Chronically red eyes and lid margins
- Irritated eyelids (blepharitis)
- Styes (chalazion)
- Dry and irritated eyes
- Burning and stinging eyes
- Foreign body sensation
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred vision
What is involved in the treatment?
A course of IPL is usually involved to help improve the rocsea around the eyes. Your clinician will begin your IPL treatment by placing shields over the eyes to protect them from the light pulses.
Then a thin layer of cooling gel is applied to the treatment area and a Lumenis M22TM device will deliver the pulses of light to the area underneath the lower lashes, this usually takes approximately 10-15 minutes.
During the treatment, you will feel a slight warm sensation, but no pain is involved. We may also recommend products to use in between the treatments to help maintain the improvements.
Ocular Rosacea FAQs
Each session lasts about 30 minutes, depending on the severity of your condition, and we recommend 4 to 6 treatments, they are carried out every 2 – 4 weeks.
There are cases where patients experience some discomfort and redness in the treated areas. However, typically this disappears within a couple of hours, with most patients resuming their daily routine the very same day.