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Thread: How to differentiate Ocular Rosacea from Conjunctivitis?

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    Default How to differentiate Ocular Rosacea from Conjunctivitis?

    Hi, this is my first time posting here. I've had irritated bloodshot eyes for the past three weeks, it started in one eye and now both of them feel a little sensitive. However, one is still a bit more red than the other. I also felt some pain underneath the brow bone, maybe a gland?? I had on and off sore throat during the same period as well.

    I went to two different eye drs, the first one diagnosed me with dry eyes and gave me artificial tears and gel drops which didnt seem to help much. The second one diagnosed me with mild conjunctivitis, saying that i had a low grade infection and prescribed me antibiotic eyedrops for a week. That didn't help at all either, so I'm here where i started with red veins in the eyes, and slightly irritated.

    I had rosacea in my face a couple years back, but now its mostly under control. I only get a flareup during ovulation.

    My question is, how do you differentiate between ocular rosacea and normal conjunctivitis or allergy? thanks in advance

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    Let me say this. My regular dr thought I had conjuctivitis as well before I was diagnosed with ocular rosacea. He sent me to an eye dr who did the antibiotic steroid eye drop treatment which helped some since I had an infection, but he had me go to the cornea specialist to check my eye. I hope you find out what the problem is. If the drs didn't help maybe a specialist would be able to

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    There may be a clinical diagnositic test now available for ocular rosacea. [see end note 4]

    One paper suggests, "The abundance of highly fucosylated N-glycans in the control samples and sulfated O-glycans in ocular rosacea patient samples may lead to the discovery of an objective diagnostic marker for the disease." [see end note 9] Another paper suggests, "The high abundance of oligosaccharides in the tear fluid of patients with rosacea may lead to an objective diagnostic marker for the disease." [see end note 10]
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