Tips for Easing Ocular Rosacea
Sufferers of ocular rosacea, a subtype characterized by irritated eyes, may find their symptoms worsen during unpredictable spring weather. Here are some tips to help ease your seasonal discomfort:
- Block the wind. Wear glasses or sunglasses when you have to go outdoors to protect your eyes from the wind. Shielding your face with a scarf may also help.
- Consider artificial tears. Your tear ducts or meibomian glands may occasionally become blocked, resulting in dry, irritated eyes. Artificial tears, available at most drugstores, help to moisturize the eye surface.
- Practice good hygiene. Many ophthalmologists recommend daily eyelash shampooing, which can minimize blockage that may lead to dry eye or styes, both common manifestations of ocular rosacea. Simply place a drop of baby shampoo on a wet washcloth and carefully rub onto a closed eyelid to create a lather, and then rinse away with lukewarm water.
- Use your medication. Be sure to follow your doctor's orders regarding long-term medical therapy. If your symptoms persist or worsen, you may need to see an eye specialist.
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