Anyone who has skin rosacea can develop ocular rosacea. Although skin rosacea affects more women than men, ocular rosacea affects men and women equally. Among people who have skin rosacea, there's no way to tell who will develop eye symptoms. However, the development of sties — red, painful lumps near the edge of the eye — may be an early sign of ocular rosacea. Ocular rosacea is common in people with skin rosacea, and you may be more likely to develop skin rosacea if you:
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- Have fair or light skin
- Are between the ages of 30 and 60, especially if you're a woman going through menopause
- Are prone to flushing or blushing
- Have a family history of rosacea
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