The exact cause of ocular rosacea, like skin rosacea, is unknown. It may be due to one or more factors, including:

  • Heredity
  • Environmental factors
  • Bacterial involvement
  • Blocked glands in the eyelids
  • Eyelash mites

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

  • Hot or spicy foods or beverages
  • Alcohol
  • Sunlight, wind or temperature extremes
  • Certain emotions, such as stress, anger or embarrassment
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Hot baths or saunas
  • Some medications, such as cortisone creams and drugs that dilate blood vessels
June 05, 2015