Caused by inherent defects in the body’s immune system and vasoregulatory processes, ocular rosacea is associated with a chronic skin condition known as acne rosacea. The problem usually affects those with light skin, and is characterised by redness and bumps concentrated on the forehead, nose and cheeks.
Often experienced during puberty, one of the earliest symptoms of rosacea is facial flushing brought on by changes in body temperature, emotion, or hot drinks. Eventually, the skin of the eyelids may become chronically red, irritated and inflamed.
Treatment is directed toward symptomatic control and disease prevention rather than cure.