How to deal with psoriasis around your eyes

Psoriasis may cause red, painful patches on the skin, including regions around the eyes. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment options to keep  the skin around your eyes unaffected.

Meenakshi Chaudhary
Other DiseasesWritten by: Meenakshi ChaudharyPublished at: Nov 28, 2015
How to deal with psoriasis around your eyes

Psoriasis is a severe skin condition that affects the skin and causes skin cells to build up too rapidly. It is caused due to rapid cell production in the skin. The production of excess skin cells makes the skin thicker, causing significantly noticeable red patches on the skin, most commonly around the genitals and scalp. The red patches are usually covered by a flaky, silvery surface. Psoriasis can, however, cause such red and white patches on the eyelids and eyelashes as well. Know how you can manage and get rid of the patches from the eye region.

psoriasis at eyes


Signs and symptoms

Most signs of psoriasis around the eyes are same as the signs of psoriasis elsewhere on the body.  But, it can surely affect your daily life as it will be difficult for you to open and close eyes if the overgrowth of skin cells affects a larger area. Other signs of psoriasis around the eyes include dry skin that might bleed and pain and discomfort while blinking.


Treatment for psoriasis around the eyes

Topical treatment

Several types of creams and ointments can treat mild cases of psoriasis very effectively.  However, it is advised not to use such creams and ointments on the delicate skin around your eyes because their overuse around the eyes can increase the risk of conditions like glaucoma and cataracts. Therefore, it is vital that you consult your doctor before going ahead with such topical treatments.



Natural and artificial ultraviolet light can help you relieve signs and symptoms of psoriasis around the eyes. However, overexposure to UV light can have a negative impact on your eyes as well the skin. Therefore, before taking the decision yourself, consult your doctor on how you should go about it.


Systemic medications

If you are resistant to the above treatment options, you may try oral and injected medicines to treat psoriasis. The only problem with such medications is that they can cause side-effects, so it is best that you rely on your doctor to use them to treat a difficult case of psoriasis initially.

Just follow your doctor's lead and do everything recommended to get rid of psoriasis from your eyes. Under the guidance of your doctor, these treatment options can effectively help you get rid of almost all the symptoms.


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