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Seeing Red: How Rosacea Affects Eyesight

If you suffer from Rosacea, a chronic skin condition that produces small red, pus-filled bumps and makes your cheeks blush, it is easy to focus solely on the skin condition since it is front and center with every interaction you have on a daily basis.

It is important, however, not to ignore eye symptoms that can occur as a result of this chronic condition. Did you know that Rosacea has an eye component? For example, if you have experienced fits of tearing where your eyes look watery or bloodshot, suffer from recurrent styes, have noticed feeling dry, scratchy or foreign body sensation with every blink, or are bothered by eyelids that are swollen or red you may have eye involvement, namely ocular rosacea.

The best way to investigate your particular situation is to see an ophthalmologist as not all people diagnosed with Rosacea will have eye involvement. If left untreated you will open yourself to flare ups and may eventually experience vision loss from corneal damage. It is not something to take lightly or brush off because you are too busy to make a doctor’s appointment. If diagnosed, you will have to adopt a regimen to keep the condition under control, since it is chronic. Check out Blepharitis/Meibomitis (Lid Margin Disease) to learn more.

Feel free to schedule an appointment at 732-774-5566 to determine if your Rosacea is wreaking havoc with your eye health and fight back.

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