Hi. I'm curious to know if anyone out there has ever had Rosacea of the eyelids. I was at the swimming pool and thought my eyelids were sunburned, but it wouldn't go away. My doctor said I have Occular Rosacea. She started me on an antibiotic ( Erythromycin) and told me to wash my eyelids several times a day with baby shampoo mixed with water. She also told me to use artificial tears eyedrops and sent me to an eye doctor.
He said I have two different problems. One being my inflammed eyelids, the other being chronic dry eye, and that the artificial tears was only drying out my eyes even more. He also said he never heard of Rosacea of the eyes! So he gave me Bausch and Lomb Soothe xp (eyedrops) which can be purchased over the counter. You only use it twice daily. It is real thick stuff.
I started the drops yesterday and woke up this morning with my eyes feeling normal again. There is still some inflamation on the eyelids but it no longer hurts. I was just wondering if anyone else ever had Roscea of the eyes.
I hope you may have helped me with an answer. Your not alone ! I had blepheroplasty which is the removal of excess eyelid skin. The surgery was done on July 19th 2010. After ten days I had the stitches removed , my lids were still red and alittle swollen. At that time the DR. asked if I have ever been treated for Roseacia. I said yes! But that was yrs. Ago and I never had it on the eyelids. I asked him after the following visit , is this going to go away? His reply was , the redness ? Yes I said ! He said it's going to take time and we'll get it under control. I have never had the problem till I had the eyelids done. He told me to wash lids too with baby shampoo and gave an antibiotic ointment for lids. Then said at the last visit to cut back to 3 times per wk with the ointment. The improvement is slow , but not sure it's going away. IDK if I should have another DR. look at them for a second oppinion. It's hard for me to believe it's Roseacia when I never had this until the surgery. It sorta makes me think he's using it as a cover up! IDK ?
Hi Ttyl. S.C.
It sounds to me like you got an infection of some sort following the surgery. Whether it's rosacea causing it or not would probably take a trip to a Dermotologist. I have not gone to one yet. My eyelids are getting better (after a whole year of using prescription Restasis eyedrops and being on low dose Erythamyacin). I do get the red nose which is a classic symptom of Rosacea.
I had been on prescription Azasite for the eyelids but it was too expensive. I plan on going to the pool this summer. The sun is the worse thing for my eyes and for my skin. I need sunglasses even to use the computer (photosensitivity). I all but gave up driving. Nightime headlights have huge halos that blind me. Daytime I can't go outside without sunglasses all year round. It's depressing at times but I am coping better. Things could be worse.
You are right, the improvement is slow when you have a bacterial infection. Sorry it took so long for me to get back on this message board, hope you are improving.
I wrote a reply about ocular rosacea in another thread you posted in, please see it. You sound like I was a couple of years ago.
Please, please, please have yourself tested for thyroid problems. I too had not only the red, dry and inflamed eyes, and eyelids, but also the halos round headlights and night - I couldn't drive at night, and in the end I also had huge floaters in my vision which wouldn't go away.
Hope you find the answer to your problems, as I did! My eyes and face are totally clear now.
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