Who Is At Risk For Corneal Ulcers?
21 Sep, 2017
A corneal ulcer is an open sore on the cornea. The cornea covers the iris and the round pupil, much like a watch crystal covers the face of a watch. A
corneal ulcer usually results from an eye infection, but severe dry eye or other eye disorders can cause it.
Symptoms of corneal ulcers include:
- redness of the eye
- severe pain and soreness of the eye
- the feeling of having something in your eye
- pus or other discharge
- blurred vision
- sensitivity to light
- swelling of the eyelids
- a white spot on your cornea that you may or may not be able to see when looking in the mirror
People at risk for corneal ulcers include:
- contact lens wearers
- people who have or have had cold sores, chicken pox or shingles
- people who use steroid eye drops
- people with dry eye
- people with eyelid disorders that prevent proper functioning of the eyelid
- people who injure or burn their cornea
If you wear contact lenses, safe handling, storage and cleaning of your lenses are key steps to reduce your risk of a corneal ulcer. It is important to
learn how to take care of your contact lenses.
See your ophthalmologist immediately if you think you have a corneal ulcer or have any eye symptoms that concern you. Corneal ulcers can badly and permanently
damage your vision and even cause blindness if they are not treated.
Reference: American Academy of Ophthalmology