The cause of ocular rosacea, like skin rosacea, is unknown, but it may be due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors.

A number of factors can aggravate rosacea, so they can aggravate ocular rosacea, as well. Some of these factors include:

  • Consuming hot foods or beverages
  • Eating spicy foods
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Being in extreme cold or heat
  • Being in sunlight
  • Being stressed, angry or embarrassed
  • Exercising strenuously
  • Taking hot baths or being in hot tubs, steam rooms or saunas
  • Taking drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications
Jun. 29, 2012