Corneal Ulcers

What is a Corneal Ulcer?

A corneal ulcer, also known as keratitis, is an open wound on the surface of the clear, outer portion of the eye (the cornea). This is a painful and potentially serious threat to eye health, and should be addressed promptly by an experienced ophthalmologist. The eyecare team at CVP Physicians Dayton has experience in diagnosing and treating corneal ulcers.

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Corneal Ulcer Symptoms

Corneal ulcers may look like a white or grey spot on the cornea, though many of these ulcers are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Even when ulcers are not visible, the symptoms are readily noticeable and can be excruciating. Symptoms may include severe eye pain, redness, eye discharge, tearing, swollen eyelids, feeling like there is something in your eye, and sensitivity to light.1

Corneal Ulcer Causes

Corneal ulcers can occur at any age and have a wide range of causes, including bacterial or viral eye infections, eye injuries, abrasions or scratches, corneal drying and exposure, chemical exposure, inflammatory diseases, or other systemic diseases. Corneal ulcers can be very common in people who wear contact lenses, particularly when the lenses are worn overnight or not cleaned properly.

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Corneal Ulcer Treatment

Corneal ulcers can be a serious, vision-threatening condition and require prompt medical attention. Treatment varies depending on the cause, depth, and severity of the ulcer. Possible treatments include antibiotic or antiviral eye drops, topical steroids, pain medications, and occasionally surgery. Patients who are treated early typically have no complications or long-term vision problems.

Contact CVP Physicians Dayton

The ophthalmologists at CVP Physicians Dayton have the specialized training and expertise necessary to diagnose corneal ulcers and provide the most advanced treatment available. If your eyes are inflamed or painful, please contact us so we can schedule a prompt appointment for you to be seen.

1 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Corneal Ulcer. Available: Accessed June 9, 2020.

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