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Who Is At Risk For Corneal Ulcers?
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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
  • tearing
  • 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

 

 

 

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