It is an open sore in the outer layer of the cornea. A corneal ulcer may cause redness of the eyelid and/or conjunctiva, pain, a feeling that something is in the eye; tearing and pus or thick discharge draining from the eye may occur. If the ulcer is more centrally located in the cornea, vision might be blurry. There may be an increase in pain when the person looks at bright lights.
HOW IS CORNEAL ULCER DIAGNOSED?
A general physician would inspect your eye ulcer and may suggest further tests by the optician if there seems to be some intrusive damage. Usually there are not tests involved in the same.
HOW IS CORNEAL ULCER TREATED?
Treatment for corneal ulcers and infections depends on the cause and it should be done as soon as possible. Antibiotic drops are used that work against many kinds of bacteria. Severe ulcers sometimes require a corneal transplant. Corticosteroid eye drops may be used to reduce swelling and inflammation in certain conditions.
DID YOU KNOW?
Many people recover completely and have only a minor change in vision. However, a corneal ulcer or infection can cause long-term damage and affect vision that may lead to complications which include loss of the eye, severe vision loss and scars on the cornea.