Conditions that affect the surface of the eye are considered disorders of the ocular surface. This incorporates conditions discussed in other sections on the website including Dry eye, blepharitis, and ocular allergy which are some of the most common ocular surface problems.
This section concentrates on medical conditions that can affect the surface of the eye ad cause dry eyes. Ocular Rosacea
Ocular Rosacea is associated with the skin condition Acne Rosacea. This usually affects people with light skin and causes redness and bumps on the face (particularly the forehead). When Acne Rosacea generally begins during pubity, facial flushing can be a problem (caused by changes in body temperature). Approximately 60% of Acne Rosacea sufferers develop symptoms in the eyes.
Symptoms of Ocular Rosacea
Blepharitis is itself a symptom of Ocular Rosacea and can present with:
- burning sensation
- crusting of the eyelashes
- dry eyes
- loss of eyelashes
- red eyes
- sensation of having something in your eye
- severe itching
- sore eyelids
The symptoms of Acne Rosacea include:
- spots on the nose, cheeks and forehead
- dry, flaking skin
- flushed skin
Treatments of Ocular Rosacea
Conservative and dietary measures are important. Acne Rosacea sufferers should avoid hot drinks, spicy foods and alcohol. Skin should be protected from direct sunlight and activities that significantly raise their body temperature should be avoided. Controlling the skin condition will help to alleviate the Ocular Rosacea.
Other common metabolic and Hormonal diseases that cause dry eyes:
- Sjogrens Syndrome
- Vitamin A deficiency
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Eye Blinking & Eyelid Disorders
- Graves Disease
- Bell's Palsy
- Facial Palsy
- Eye Surgery
- Radiation Therapy
If you have been affected by any of the symptoms mentioned above, please don't hesitate to give us a call.
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