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Ulcer

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Corneal Ulcer

A corneal ulcer is on the cornea.

Symptoms

  • Redness of the eye
  • Tearing
  • Pus or discharge
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Swelling of the eyelids
  • Severe pain and soreness of the eye

At risk

  • Contact lens wearers
  • Patients who have had a viral infection
  • Those who use steroid eye drops
  • Patients with dry eye
  • Patients who injure or burn their cornea
  • Swelling of the eyelids
  • Patients with eyelid disorders that prevent proper functioning of the eyelid

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Viral Infections
  • Fungal Infections
  • Parasitic Infections mainly from contact lens users.
  • Abrasions or burns to the cornea
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Bell’s palsy

Treatment

Your doctor might start with giving you a antibiotics, antifungal or antiviral drops. A steroid or anti-inflammatory eye drop might be added to reduce your eyes swelling and help scarring. In case if your eye condition worsens, a corneal transplant can be used as an alternative to replace your damaged cornea with a healthy donor cornea to restore vision.

VissionTip : You must visit your ophthalmologist immediately if you think you have a corneal ulcer or any symptoms that concern you. Corneal ulcers can badly and permanently damage your vision and even cause blindness if they are not treated.

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