Seborrhea and Rosacea When Considering LASIK

Seborrhea Rosacea Lasik

Seborrhea and Rosacea are not eye problems, but both can cause complication when LASIK surgery is planned and may even cause the procedure to be abandoned. They are alike in nature, and often occur together. Neither is life threatening, but both cause discomfort which may rise to the acute levels. Lest look at them on at a time.

Seborrhea is a skin condition which affects the oil glands located under the skin. The results can be skin that is extremely oily and yet, at the same time, flaky. These two symptoms which would not normally coexist (they could cancel each other out) leads people to try all kinds of remedies, since they are under the mistaken assumption that attempting to cure one symptom may result in the increase in the strength of the other.

The condition is thought to be caused either by a hormonal imbalance or by a fungal infection. The intensity of the problem is directly related to the amount of stress a person is under. The condition, although widespread, is most often found in people suffering from neurological disorders such as strokes or Parkinson's disease and also those who have suffered head injuries.

Seborrhea usually affects the scalp and face, and in the case of the scalp often shows up as dandruff. In the case of the face, the affected areas are usually eyebrows, eyelids, around the ears, lips and the nose. Other areas of the body that can be affected are the groin, legs, chest and the folds of the arms. The common symptoms are:

  • Itching
  • Skin lesions
  • Redness of the skin at the affected areas
  • Oily or greasy patches of skin
  • Flaky and scaly skin

Seborrhea is often called eczema for simplicity's sake. But there are various types of eczema of varying severity and it is important to know exactly what you are suffering from if you have any of these symptoms. Seborrhea is also commonly mistaken for the signs of an allergy.

You may wonder what all this has to do with the eyes and LASIK, right? If you have seborrhea, LASIK is still a safe procedure for you, but your doctor needs to be sure that it will not cause dry eye syndrome which can result in LASIK complications. The only other thing to be watchful for is inflammation of the eyelids, which is easily cured. However, the LASIK should not be done, until the inflammation is totally gone.

Rosacea is a more serious condition. It is a neurovascular disorder that affects the sebaceous glands and the blood vessels. Rosacea is often confused with seborrhea and in fact the two disorders often appear together.

No one knows what causes rosacea, although hot weather, exposure to the sun and stress can aggravate the symptoms which are:

  • Persistent flushed face
  • Bumps and pimples on the skin
  • Redness of the skin
  • Burning sensation on the skin
  • Swollen facial features and thickening of the skin
  • Eye irritation
  • Dry skin

An odd thing about the disorder is that while it is more common among women, the severity of the attack is stronger among men.

Ocular Rosacea
There is a distinct form of the disorder that affects the eyes. This is called ocular rosacea and the symptoms include red or dry eyes, irritation of the eyelids, itching and burning sensations in the eyes and the feeling of a foreign body being lodged in the eye.

There is no known cure as yet available for ocular rosacea, but there is medication that will keep the problem under control and alleviate the symptoms. LASIK is not a safe procedure for those suffering from ocular rosacea. If the need for LASIK is great and is justifiable on medical grounds, it may be done if the ocular rosacea is under control, but there is a danger that future flare ups of the problem may cause complications.

Suffering from seborrhea and rosacea does not mean that LASIK is ruled out. But anyone suffering from either or both of these problems should consult a specialist and discuss the issues in detail, including the possible complications that may arise in the future.

Do not take chances and ignore any of the symptoms mentioned above, even if you are not planning for LASIK. Seborrhea and rosacea are common disorders that can easily be controlled and need not cause any major lifestyle problems. However, they can cause complications for those who are planning to undergo LASIK. If you even suspect you may be suffering from these problems, it is essential you have yourself checked up for them and if the results are positive, discuss the risks in detail with your doctor before taking any decision about the LASIK procedure.

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I had both these conditions. Seborrhea and Rosacea. I went on a fast and cleanse. I eventually got rid of the conditions by eating more healthy. I finally got my lasik surgery and now I can see without glasses!

It so hard to find treatment of rosacea. thanks for this great article!