What are the most common rosacea symptoms around the eye?

About 50 percent of the people diagnosed with rosacea experience problems with their eyes as part of the condition. Their eyes feel as if they're burning, itchy, dry, or watery, and sometimes turn red in color. If this happens to you, it is important that you notify your doctor and have them treated. You may want to consider seeing an ophthalmologist, an eye specialist. If left untreated, your eyesight may become damaged.

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One problem that often affects people with rosacea is an infection called conjunctivitis, or ocular (OK-yoo-ler) rosacea. Also known as "pink eye," this common condition makes eyes turn reddish and itchy. The eyes may also produce a yellow or green discharge, especially at night. Conjunctivitis may be accompanied by another infection called blepharitis, which causes swollen eyelids. Tell your doctor if you develop these eye symptoms. Common symptoms include:

  • A bloodshot or watery appearance
  • Itchiness
  • A burning sensation
  • A "gritty" feeling in the eyes
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Styes, or small bumps, in the eyelids
  • Sensitivity to light

If left untreated, ocular rosacea could damage your vision. Tell your doctor about any eye symptoms you may experience.

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