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Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 2834031, 5 pages
Case Report

Ocular Rosacea Causing Corneal Melt in an African American Patient and a Hispanic Patient

1University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Ophthalmology Department, Dallas, TX, USA
2American University of Beirut Medical Center, Dermatology Department, Beirut, Lebanon

Correspondence should be addressed to Joanna S. Saade; moc.liamg@hedaasannaoj

Received 27 April 2017; Accepted 10 September 2017; Published 11 October 2017

Academic Editor: Huban Atilla

Copyright © 2017 Joanna S. Saade et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. To discuss two rare presentations of ocular rosacea in a Hispanic patient and an African American patient with unusual ocular manifestations. Case Report. Case  1: a 43-year-old Hispanic woman presented with right eye corneal perforation. Her prior medical history was significant for rosacea only, diagnosed clinically by a dermatologist. Her eye exam showed signs of bilateral ocular rosacea. An emergent full thickness tectonic corneal patch graft was done. The patient’s bilateral eye symptoms improved one month after initiating rosacea treatment. Case  2: a 51-year-old African American man with long standing history of untreated rosacea presented with bilateral peripheral corneal thinning with neovascularization that led to right eye corneal perforation. Glue and bandage contact lens were applied. The patient did well 4 weeks after starting antibacterial, oral steroids, and rosacea treatment. Discussion. Ocular rosacea can present in Hispanic and African American patients with severe manifestations such as corneal perforation.