A 34-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

why are corneal ulcers so painful?

1 doctor answer
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Nerve irritation: The cornea is richly innervated with nerves of pain. An ulcer stimulates those nerves and a strong signal for pain is produced. Treatment is generally highly effective so 'honor' this pain by seeking help immediately.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Related questions:

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Generally so: These are focal deposits of growing bacteria on the surface of the cornea. The eye reacts strongly, gets very red and painful and usually is quite li ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tod Haller
16 years experience Ophthalmology
Malpractice: That would be malpractice if they did. Tetracaine lasts about 5 minutes, so what will happen is, you will end up using it about 20 to 30 times a day. ... Read More
1
1 comment
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Schuh
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Further injury: If you numb up your eye with the tetracaine before finding out what's wrong you could further injure your eye
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Pollizzi
36 years experience Anesthesiology
Eye: They probably want you to visit an ophthalmologist for an evaluation and followup care.
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month