What is ocular rosacea?

Updated: Aug 14, 2018
  • Author: Agnieszka Kupiec Banasikowska, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Ocular manifestations may precede the cutaneous signs by years. Yet, frequently they develop concurrently with dermatologic manifestations. The ocular manifestations include blepharitis, conjunctivitis, inflammation of the lids and meibomian glands, interpalpebral conjunctival hyperemia, and conjunctival telangiectasias. Patients may describe eye stinging or burning, dryness, irritation with light, or foreign body sensation. Ocular rosacea, similar to phymatous rosacea, has a distinct therapeutic management. Therefore, dermatologists must ask their patients specifically about ocular symptoms and perform a thorough physical examination to rule out this type of rosacea.


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