I'm curious as to how many sufferers of ocular rosacea also suffer from the double whammy of having bloodshot eyes. My eyes are so red and irritated, and it completely came out of nowhere. I stopped wearing contacts and eye makeup 7 months ago but no improvement It almost makes me cry looking at pictures of myself from just one year ago. My eyes were so white and healthy looking. Of course they weren't perfect, but they didnt look so inflammed and awful. I have tried so many treatments, and nothing helps.
About a month ago, I had one weekend where my eyes went back to how they were a year ago--meaning no irritation, and hardly any redness (overall the eye looked white and normal). Then, for no reason, on Tuesday my eyes went right back to being painful and red and unhealthy looking.
I have mild facial rosacea, but if I could, I'd take super awful facial rosacea symptoms if it meant my eyes would be cleared up and feeling good. At least I can wear makeup to hide the facial redness. My eye redness seems to be permanent and I get depressed when I look in the mirror and at first glance the "whites" of my eyes just look pink. Yet I can't stop looking throughout the day, hoping that the redness will have gone down. I almost wish I didn't have that magical weekend where my eyes went back to normal. It was such a tease, thinking I would be free from this redness and obsession.
I know I am overly focused on this, but my eyes used to be my favorite feature. They were big and expressive and if I wore a little mascara, I felt put together and pretty. now when I put on makeup they just get even more red. And I hate the fact that they are so big, because it just means that there is more redness to see
I am only 26 years old. I have enough insecurities. This last year has been hell...someone please tell me there's hope? I am getting the IPL treatment done in a few weeks. I hope that works. I am at my wit's end and about to become a recluse because I am sick of having to wear my dopey glasses all the time and I am so self-conscious about my eyes. I frequently hear "are you sick?" or "you look tired" or "do you have an eye infection?" I wish I did, because at least then there would be a reason and remedy for my eye redness.