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What Is Ocular Rosacea?

Ocular rosacea is the subtype of rosacea which affects the eyes and eyelids. It is known as rosacea subtype 4 and even sometimes as rosacea eyes. The condition rarely appears on its own and most sufferers tend to have either ETR or acne rosacea already.

How To Treat Ocular Rosacea

One of the most common extensions of ocular rosacea is dry eye syndrome, which brings with it some very self-explanatory symptoms. The root cause of this condition is the eyes’ inability to either produce enough tears to keep them moisturised or prevent them from evaporating too quickly.

The obvious yet most effective treatment for dry eyes are eye drops, artificially providing them with the moisture they need to remain comfortable and ensure the slew of symptoms associated with having dry eyes are kept at bay.  The two eye-hydration treatments listed in this collection have been found to work best for rosacea patients and provide effective, gentle relief for sufferers.

The other common symptoms associated with the ocular rosacea that affect the surrounding skin and not the eyes directly are usually cleared up by using appropriate treatment on the other subtype of rosacea the sufferer has also, whether that be acne rosacea or ETR rosacea.


As mentioned above, the most directly treatable symptom of ocular rosacea is dry eye syndrome, but there are some other which can also indicate that you have ocular rosacea:

  • Dry, itchy eyes – dry eye syndrome,
  • Bloodshot and watery eyes – ocular hyperemia,
  • Stinging eyes which are especially light-sensitive,
  • Blurred, obscured vision,
  • Inflamed, swollen eyelids.


Ocular Rosacea Symptoms

What Causes Ocular Rosacea?

As mentioned previously, ocular rosacea is usually exhibited in patients who already have either ETR (type 1) or acne (type 2) rosacea and is often thought of as an added complication of the skin condition. Ocular rosacea is usually diagnosed when the individual has obvious rosacea skin symptoms - having dry eye syndrome alone could be due to any number of other reasons, including conjunctivitis, allergies or the use of contact lenses.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Scientific studies have reported an association between ocular rosacea and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). The meibomian gland is responsible for the production of the oily substance meibum which prevents the tear film of the eye evaporating. When this does not function properly, not enough meibum is produced to keep the moisture from escaping the eye through evaporation.

For these reasons, the ocular rosacea patients often find their eyes drying up, especially as the day goes on. This is why it is so important that the eyes are kept moisturised throughout the day through artificial tears provided by well-formulated eye care products.

Meibomian Gland

What Do We Recommend?

In order to address all the symptoms of ocular rosacea, it is important that patients treat both their associated rosacea skin disorder, whether it be ETR or Acne Rosacea, as well as always keeping their eyes well lubricated.

Firstly, you need to decide what rosacea treatment you should be using for your skin. If you are unsure which skin condition you have, consult our what is your subtype guide. Secondly, invest in a good eye care product, one that will ensure your eyes remain hydrated without irritating them further. We recommend the Eye Logic’s Dry Eye Syndrome Drops, and if you can’t stand drops, then their Rosacea Eye Treatment Spray. With this spray, you can lubricate your eyes through closed eyelids!