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What is ocular rosacea? 

Rosace is a common but poorly understood long-term skin condition that mainly affects the face and often starts with flushing.

The redness is usually made worse by alcohol which is something to take into account this festive season.

Rosacea that affects your eyes is called ocular rosacea and can lead to a number of eye problems, some of which can be serious.

Symptoms of ocular rosacea can include: feeling like there is something in your eyes, dry eyes, irritated and bloodshot eyes and/or inflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis).

Rosacea can sometimes cause the cornea, the transparent layer at the front of the eyeball, to become inflamed and damaged. This is known as keratitis.

This damage can make the cornea vulnerable to ulceration and infection, which could potentially threaten your sight.

Symptoms of serious problems with your corneas include eye pain, sensitivity to light (photophobia) and deterioration in your vision.

Contact your GP immediately if you think you may have a problem with your corneas.