Eyes and Rosacea

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by Cal Cat, Feb 12, 2004.

  1. Cal Cat

    Cal Cat Guest

    I have facial rosacea, and lately my lower eyelids are pink all the time,
    and my eyes have what looks like broken veins in them. I also have
    discomfort in my eyes, sometimes like mild stabbing pains, dryness,
    tightness. I went to a Kaiser opthamologist who told me I didn't have dry
    eyes, as I suspected, but that it was "probably" rosacea in my eyes, and
    that the only thing I could do was to use warm compresses.

    Does anyone here have any other ideas about this?
     
    Cal Cat, Feb 12, 2004
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  2. Cal Cat

    Mustang5 Guest

    Could you tell me a little more about perioptical dermatitis? I tried to
    find it with Google, and there wasn't anything about it. It was my
    dermatologist who told me I have rosacea. I'll have to ask her about this
    other thing. Thank you.

    : There is a condition similar to rosacea which is called perioptical
    dermatitis.
    :
    : You might want to see a dermatologist.
    :
    : I have this. There is treatment available.
    :
    : Your ophthalmologist should have told you this information.
    :
    : Hope this helps.
     
    Mustang5, Feb 13, 2004
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    keith Guest

    Sounds like ocular rosacea. I have the same symptoms. I've had
    facial rosacea for three years or so, and I developed ocular rosacea
    about six months ago. The eye irritation is annoying, but the thing I
    hate most is the visible blood vessels in my eyes.

    Three weeks ago I finally visited a dermatologist and opthamologist.
    The derm prescribed metro cream and tetracycline. She said the
    tetracycline should help with the ocular rosacea. I saw an
    opthamologist a few days later, and he agreed that the tetracycline
    was a good idea. He also told me to use eye soaks twice a day, clean
    my eyelashes and use lubricating drops when my eyes were dry. He also
    said to avoid those typical rosacea triggers -- stress, sunlight,
    heat, wind, etc. I know I'm bad about straining my eyes reading,
    using the computer, not getting enough sleep, etc., and those things
    surely don't help -- especially for those of us with rosacea.

    I've been on this routine for about three weeks, and it seems to be
    helping a bit. The redness is still there, but my eyes don't feel
    quite as irritated. I'm not sure there's much we can do about the
    visible blood vessels that are already there, but maybe we can prevent
    further damage.

    Oh, and I heard from someone the other day who had severe ocular
    rosacea and said she used eyebright herbal tea called and eyebright
    homeopathic drops. She said it cleared up her ocular rosacea and it
    never came back. I don't know anything about eyebright, but it might
    be worth looking into. Heck, after staring at those red eyes in the
    mirror for the past several months, I'm willing to try anything!

    Good luck to you.

    Keith
     
    keith, Feb 14, 2004
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  4. Cal Cat

    drfrank21 Guest


    I think the other poster meant "periorbital" dermatitis (more of a generic term).
    With ocular rosacea, warm compresses, lid scrubs and artificial tears are
    the mainstays to treat the lids and dry eye component. Sometimes, tetracycline
    (doxy) can be tried with some success. For facial rosacea, metronidazole is
    used but it's not for the lids themselves.

    frank
     
    drfrank21, Feb 14, 2004
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  5. Cal Cat

    Cal Cat Guest

    : > Could you tell me a little more about perioptical dermatitis? I tried
    to
    : > find it with Google, and there wasn't anything about it. It was my
    : > dermatologist who told me I have rosacea. I'll have to ask her about
    this
    : > other thing. Thank you.
    : >
    : > : > : There is a condition similar to rosacea which is called perioptical
    : > dermatitis.
    : > :
    : > : You might want to see a dermatologist.
    : > :
    : > : I have this. There is treatment available.
    : > :
    : > : Your ophthalmologist should have told you this information.
    : > :
    : > : Hope this helps.
    :
    :
    : I think the other poster meant "periorbital" dermatitis (more of a generic
    term).
    : With ocular rosacea, warm compresses, lid scrubs and artificial tears are
    : the mainstays to treat the lids and dry eye component. Sometimes,
    tetracycline
    : (doxy) can be tried with some success. For facial rosacea, metronidazole
    is
    : used but it's not for the lids themselves.
    :
    : frank

    Thank you. Do you happen to know of a good antibiotic to use for rosacea
    when you are allergic to tetracycline?
     
    Cal Cat, Feb 14, 2004
    #5
  6. Cal Cat

    Cal Cat Guest

    : > I have facial rosacea, and lately my lower eyelids are pink all the
    time,
    : > and my eyes have what looks like broken veins in them. I also have
    : > discomfort in my eyes, sometimes like mild stabbing pains, dryness,
    : > tightness. I went to a Kaiser opthamologist who told me I didn't have
    dry
    : > eyes, as I suspected, but that it was "probably" rosacea in my eyes, and
    : > that the only thing I could do was to use warm compresses.
    : >
    : > Does anyone here have any other ideas about this?
    :
    : Sounds like ocular rosacea. I have the same symptoms. I've had
    : facial rosacea for three years or so, and I developed ocular rosacea
    : about six months ago. The eye irritation is annoying, but the thing I
    : hate most is the visible blood vessels in my eyes.
    :
    : Three weeks ago I finally visited a dermatologist and opthamologist.
    : The derm prescribed metro cream and tetracycline. She said the
    : tetracycline should help with the ocular rosacea. I saw an
    : opthamologist a few days later, and he agreed that the tetracycline
    : was a good idea. He also told me to use eye soaks twice a day, clean
    : my eyelashes and use lubricating drops when my eyes were dry. He also
    : said to avoid those typical rosacea triggers -- stress, sunlight,
    : heat, wind, etc. I know I'm bad about straining my eyes reading,
    : using the computer, not getting enough sleep, etc., and those things
    : surely don't help -- especially for those of us with rosacea.
    :
    : I've been on this routine for about three weeks, and it seems to be
    : helping a bit. The redness is still there, but my eyes don't feel
    : quite as irritated. I'm not sure there's much we can do about the
    : visible blood vessels that are already there, but maybe we can prevent
    : further damage.
    :
    : Oh, and I heard from someone the other day who had severe ocular
    : rosacea and said she used eyebright herbal tea called and eyebright
    : homeopathic drops. She said it cleared up her ocular rosacea and it
    : never came back. I don't know anything about eyebright, but it might
    : be worth looking into. Heck, after staring at those red eyes in the
    : mirror for the past several months, I'm willing to try anything!
    :
    : Good luck to you.
    :
    : Keith

    Thanks for all the info. I wish I could take tetracycline, but I'm allergic
    to it, and the other stuff my dermatologist gave me didn't do anything.
    Luckily my rosacea is "only" moderate, but it's there all the time. I can't
    take warm temperatures at all, which is unfortunate, since I live in an area
    that gets very hot, so I have to stay inside where it's air conditioned.

    I've tried the metrocream & gel and it didn't help. The only thing so far
    that has helped is Elidil. I've never heard of that herbal tea, but it's
    sure worth a try. The most important thing is being able to read and use
    the computer and drive, so my eyesight is a big thing to me, like you.

    Again, thanks for the information. I appreciate it.
     
    Cal Cat, Feb 14, 2004
    #6
  7. Cal Cat

    H.P. Guest

    Thank you. Do you happen to know of a good antibiotic to use for rosacea
    You would absolutely have to check this out with your M.D., but I
    believe doxycycline is an alternative. Whether you would also be
    allergic to that would be for your doctor and you to determine.
    Paul
     
    H.P., Feb 14, 2004
    #7
  8. Cal Cat

    Cal Cat Guest

    : > Thank you. Do you happen to know of a good antibiotic to use for
    rosacea
    : > when you are allergic to tetracycline?
    :
    : You would absolutely have to check this out with your M.D., but I
    : believe doxycycline is an alternative. Whether you would also be
    : allergic to that would be for your doctor and you to determine.
    : Paul

    Thanks. "-)
     
    Cal Cat, Feb 14, 2004
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