The eyes of the rosacea patient may be blue, green or brown, but all have one thing in common – the rosacea eyes are also red. Research has shown that fair-skinned people are more prone to develop rosacea but eye color itself has no definitive impact on your risk factor for developing rosacea of the eyes.
The risk factors for developing eye rosacea appear to be more dependent on other conditions such as allergies, facial rosacea, other skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, and seborrhea dermatitis, dehydration, and a weakened immune system.
The symptoms of eye rosacea include reddened appearance to the eye itself, watery drainage from the corners of the eye, itchiness or a gritty sensation in the eyes, and puffy inflamed eyelids. In some extreme cases, eye rosacea may have an impact on vision.
As with facial rosacea, eye rosacea in its early stages, tends to come and go, gradually becoming more frequent and severe unless treated properly. Attention to detail is important as you treat your eye rosacea. Clean the eyes gently with warm water and a drop or two of baby shampoo to remove any crusting that may be present. Apply a soothing moisturizer such as jojoba oil to the areas around the eye lids to ease puffiness and inflammation. Seriously consider doubling the amount of water you drink every day to reduce dryness and irritation. The eye is composed mainly of water, so water becomes a very important factor in eye care and management of eye rosacea. Be aware that any type of lotion, cream or powder, even mascara or eye liner applied near the eye has the ability to transfer bacteria to the eye thus aggravating your eye rosacea condition. Replace any of these products every three months and at the start of every episode of an eye rosacea flare.