Can be seen in the presence or absence of skin manifestations of rosacea. Characterized by conjunctival erythema and injection, sometimes accompanied by eyelid edema (blepharitis), foreign body sensation, and/or glandular inflammation (chalazion) along the eyelid margin. Patients report subjective symptoms: foreign body sensations, dry eyes, itching and burning, photosensitivity. The vision is rarely affected.
- Ocular rosacea requires systemic antibiotics (oral tetracyclines are first line in individuals over the age of 8 years old).
- Topical corticosteroid eyedrops may be beneficial.
- The risks of untreated ocular rosacea include a chronic keratitis that can result in visual impairment.