Corneal ulcers appear on the cornea surface after infection, injury, allergies or inadequate eyelid closure. A corneal ulcer is an open sore and should be treated immediately to prevent serious vision problems.
Symptoms can include the following:
- Burning sensation
- Eye pain
- Excess tearing
- White spots on the cornea
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred vision
Corneal ulcers are commonly caused by germs, so it is important to wash your hands to prevent inflammation. The condition can be treated with antibiotics, antiviral medication, antifungal medication or steroid eye drops depending on the ulcer’s size, location and depth. Patients should see improvement in two or three weeks, but treatment can be extended if there is a potential for scarring.
Schedule an appointment with Greater Ohio Eye Surgeons if you feel you may have a corneal ulcer.