Ocular Rosacea is a systemic disease related to
the faulty functioning of the immune system. This means that there will be
repeated flare-ups and frequent recurrences of the 'pink eye' condition it triggers.
Systemic illnesses are best treated with
systemic means such as antibiotics. Because facial rosacea (red nose and
cheeks) does not correlate with manifestations of ocular rosacea, such as pink
eye or blepharitis (red eye lids) it is often underdiagnosed. This is particularly so because nonspecific conjunctivitis
(pink eye) is indistinguishable from conjunctivitis triggered by ocular rosacea.
This underdiagnosis has been confirmed by various scientific studies and can, unfortunately,
lead to suboptimal treatment of the red
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