You can help manage your ocular rosacea by following a good eye-care routine. Keep up this routine even when your condition clears up to help prevent flare-ups. These tips may help.
June 05, 2015
- Keep your eyelids clean by gently washing them at least twice a day with warm water or a product your doctor recommends.
- Avoid makeup if your eyes are inflamed. When you're able to wear makeup, choose types that are nonoily (noncomedogenic) and free of fragrance.
- Avoid wearing contact lenses during flare-ups, especially if your symptoms include dry eyes.
- Prevent flare-ups by avoiding things that trigger or worsen your rosacea or ocular rosacea, if possible. Items that tend to dilate blood vessels in the face include hot, spicy foods and alcoholic beverages.
- Use artificial tears to relieve dryness. Ask your doctor for guidance.
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