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Dr. William Dieck
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Corneal Ulcer (Overview)

Occurs when there is an infection on the cornea that can be due to bacteria, virus, or fungus.


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Is it possible to permanently lose my vision from a corneal ulcer?

Is it possible to permanently lose my vision from a corneal ulcer?

Yes, but rare: If the organism causing the corneal ulcer is an aggressive bacteria, fungus, or protozoa, permanent corneal scarring can result. Even corneal perforation can take place with loss of an eye. These are serious infections and require ophthalmologic care. ...Read more

Dr. William Dieck
62 Doctors shared insights

Corneal Ulcer (Overview)

Occurs when there is an infection on the cornea that can be due to bacteria, virus, or fungus.


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Is having a white spot in the iris area a sign of corneal ulcer?

Is having a white spot in the iris area a sign of corneal ulcer?

Depends: A white spot on the cornea could mean a corneal ulcer and is usually associated with pain. The iris is inside the eye, the cornea in the clear dome over the eye. ...Read more

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Yesterday I was diagnosed with a corneal ulcer, how long does it take to heal?

Usually rapidly: Corneal ulcer, an infected spot on the cornea, is treated with antibiotics which penetrate directly into the infected spot. Response is rapid and most heal by 2-4 days. However, if the ulcer is near the center (fixation) there may be long term changes in the vision. Ask your ophthalmologist what you prognosis is for this possibility. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between a corneal abrasion and a corneal ulcer?

I want to know what is the difference between a corneal abrasion and a corneal ulcer?

Surface vs infection: Usually a corneal abrasion is just a scrape on the surface layer of the cornea. These tend to heal and are self limited depending on size. A corneal ulcer is secondary to inflammation or infection and causes thinning and destruction of the corneal tissue. An ulcer is more serious and potentially vision threatening. ...Read more

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My coworker has pseudomonas aeruginosa that has caused a corneal ulcer. Should I be worried of contracting it as well?

No: Assuming your coworker is not rubbing her infected eye and then touching surfaces that you touch prior to touching your eyes, the risk is negligable. The bacteria does not have an airborne transmission mode of spread. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to wear contacts after I have been treated for corneal ulcers?

How long should I wait to wear contacts after I have been treated for corneal ulcers?

Depends: You need to ask you doctor. It depends if you completely healed and its safe for you to wear contacts. Typically cornea ulcer may takes more than a week to recover. You need to throw away all you used contacts, solutions and cases. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for corneal ulcer?

What is the treatment for corneal ulcer?

Diagnosis, antibioti: Most corneal ulcers come about from overwear or abuse of contact lenses. Treatment is to first see an ophthalmologist and get the condtion diagnoses (remove your contacts whenever the eye gets red or painful). You will be started on antibiotics to treat the infection and allow healing. Most do well but a few have rare infections that require more invasive treatment. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover after treatment for a corneal ulcer?

Depends: Treatment for an ulcer is complete when the corneal epithelium (surface cells) cover over the ulceration and the infection is resolved. Frequently the degree of infection and ulceration dictates the timeframe. I would expect to be treated a minimum of 7-10 days, and out of contact lenses for 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I have a corneal ulcer and I saw the doctor and he gave me zymar; how long to cure.?

I have a corneal ulcer and I saw the doctor and he gave me zymar; how long to cure.?

Depends on…: Depth, diameter, & severity of the ulcer & whether you have any conditions that may prolong healing (e.g. Diabetes) or are taking any meds that suppress the immune system (systemic corticosteroids, immuno-suppressants for rheumatoid arthritis or other auto-immune diseases. Zymar is a fluoro-quinolone antibiotic like cipro (ciprofloxacin). Your doc can best give time frame for healing based on above factors. ...Read more

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Why are corneal ulcers a risk of lasik? I want to get lasik but I'm worried about the risks of corneal ulcers. How dangerous are corneal ulcers, and why is it a risk after lasik? .

Why are corneal ulcers a risk of lasik? I want to get lasik but I'm worried about the risks of corneal ulcers. How dangerous are corneal ulcers, and why is it a risk after lasik? .

Lasik risks: Lasik is an operation. The doctors are obliged to explain each and every possible complication.....Even if it only happened once in the 24 million patients. In my 16 years of dong Lasik on almost 10, 000 patients, we have never had an infection.. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a corneal ulcer?

Many: Redness, pain, photophobia, tearing, blurred vision, foreign body sensation. If you thinl you have a corneal ulcer, an exam is warranted asap to prevent permanent visual loss. ...Read more

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Medicines for corneal ulcer?

Corneal ulcer: Best if you could discuss this with you ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What can I do about a corneal ulcer?

Ulcer: You will need at least one potent antibiotic eyedrop to treat this. Stop wearing your contacts until this heals. See your eye doctor daily until better. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a corneal ulcer?

Many: Redness, pain, photophobia, tearing, blurred vision, foreign body sensation. If you thinl you have a corneal ulcer, an exam is warranted asap to prevent permanent visual loss. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a corneal ulcer to heal?

How long does it take for a corneal ulcer to heal?

Few days-wk: If it is a traumatic ulcer from direct trauma 2 the cornea and not infective, I would add tobramycin/stearoid oint and patch over nite.

Then tobra/stearoid 4-5x/day. Oint and patch @ nite.

Continue untill gone, stop patch when feels good but oint @ nite.

B sure to have opthalmology look at it before rx

his/her rx may be different than mine. ...Read more

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How long will it take for my corneal ulcer to heal?

Several days: If the ulcer is being properly treated with antibiotics, then your ulcer should rapidly heal. Keep the contact lens out during this time. I assume you are being monitored by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What happens when you have contacts and a corneal ulcer?

What happens when you have contacts and a corneal ulcer?

Not good: A corneal ulcer is a patch of bacterial growth on the surface of the eye, most commonly underneath a contact lens which makes a terrific incubation chamber. If you suspect this, take out the lens and see your ophthalmologist right away as you will need antibiotics and follow up. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: corneal ulcer?

Corneal infection.: A cornea ulcer refers to an infection on the cornea that can be due to bacteria, virus, or fungus. ...Read more

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Yesterday I was diagnosed with a corneal ulcer, how long does it take to heal?

Usually rapidly: Corneal ulcer, an infected spot on the cornea, is treated with antibiotics which penetrate directly into the infected spot. Response is rapid and most heal by 2-4 days. However, if the ulcer is near the center (fixation) there may be long term changes in the vision. Ask your ophthalmologist what you prognosis is for this possibility. ...Read more

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Can I wear contacts after having a corneal ulcer?

Yes, BUT: Only with the say-so of your cornea specialist. This is a very complicated issue and one that you should not pursue without sound advice of your particular situation. ...Read more

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Is an indolent corneal ulcer associated with corneal scarring?

Is an indolent corneal ulcer associated with corneal scarring?

Yes: Hopefully you are under the care of an ophthalmologist for this problem. Scar formation is one of several serious consequences of having a corneal ulcer. ...Read more

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Is it possible to permanently lose my vision from a corneal ulcer?

Yes, but rare: If the organism causing the corneal ulcer is an aggressive bacteria, fungus, or protozoa, permanent corneal scarring can result. Even corneal perforation can take place with loss of an eye. These are serious infections and require ophthalmologic care. ...Read more

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What is the frequency of corneal ulcer among people who wear contacts?

What is the frequency of corneal ulcer among people who wear contacts?

Increased: The annual rate of corneal ulcers related to contact lens use is 0.04% (4/10, 000) with daily wear lenses, and 0.21% (21/10, 000) with extended wear lenses. If you sleep in our lenses, no matter what brand, you are at 40 times greater risk of serious corneal ulcer. Patient can get corneal barasion, feels like sand in the eye. Corneal ulcer usually feels the same but with more pain. ...Read more

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If your corneal ulcer just finished healing are you able to go back to contacts?

If your corneal ulcer just finished healing are you able to go back to contacts?

With advice: A corneal ulcer is a patch of bacterial growth on the surface of the eye, most commonly underneath a contact lens which makes a terrific incubation chamber. If you suspect this, take out the lens and see your ophthalmologist right away as you will need antibiotics and follow up. You can go back to contacts when it is healed; let your ophthalmologist tell you when that has occurred. ...Read more

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I'm sure I have a corneal ulcer. Should I go to the er?

Probably: Most corneal ulcers occur underneath an overused contact lens. You need this treated as soon as possible and this can be started in an emergency room. All ophthalmologists will see a patient with a new, red eye the same day so if this is a weekday, go there immediately. ...Read more

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Is the vision loss related to a corneal ulcer temporary?

Not always: If the ulceration is in the center of the cornea ANS results in scarring, there may be apermanent reduction in best corected visual acuity. ...Read more

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Can I wear contact lenses when my corneal ulcer was healed?

Can I wear contact lenses when my corneal ulcer was healed?

Yes: You can if they are new, the correct fit, and you have been examined by your eye doctor. It may be possible the ulcer left damage to the cornea and you will not be able to wear them. It is possible the contacts led to the ulcer, make sure they are the proper fit, you are taking care of them as instructed and do not sleep in them. ...Read more

Ulceration (Definition)

Exact synonym so far as this pathologist is concerned. An ulcer is a lesion on a body surface (outer or inner) in which the epithelium and at least some of the underlying connective tissue has been lost specifically to necrosis (cell death) rather than just mechanical or chemical injury. All ulcer craters ...Read more


Dr. Scott Bolhack
2,091 Doctors shared insights

Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more