Signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea can precede skin symptoms, develop at the same time, develop later or occur on their own. Signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea may include:
- Dry eyes
- Burning or stinging in the eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Grittiness or feeling of having a foreign body in the eye or eyes
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
- Redness (erythema)
- Visibly dilated small blood vessels on the white part of the eye
- Red, swollen eyelids
The severity of ocular rosacea symptoms don't always match the severity of skin symptoms.
When to see a doctor
Make an appointment to see a doctor if you have symptoms of ocular rosacea, such as dry eyes, burning or itchy eyes, redness, or blurred vision.
If you've been diagnosed with skin rosacea, ask your doctor whether you should undergo periodic eye exams to check for ocular rosacea.
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