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Dr. Erich Groos
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Corneal Ulceration (Overview)

A corneal ulcer is usually a spot of infection on the surface of the cornea (the clear window at the front of the eye.). Most commonly it occurs as a painful irritation under a contact lens, and the eye will usually be reddened. If this occurs, remove the contact lens and see an ophthalmologist right away.


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What is a corneal ulceration?

What is a corneal ulceration?

A serious problem: A corneal ulceration refers to the cornea surface (clear tissue in front of pupil) breaking down through inflammation or infection. More common are corneal ulcerations secondary to infections (bacteria, fungus, etc) which are related to contact lenses or trauma. These infections require immediate evaluation with an ophthalmologist for strong topical antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. Erich Groos
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Corneal Ulceration (Overview)

A corneal ulcer is usually a spot of infection on the surface of the cornea (the clear window at the front of the eye.). Most commonly it occurs as a painful irritation under a contact lens, and the eye will usually be reddened. If this occurs, remove the contact lens and see an ophthalmologist right away.


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Hello, how can I treat corneal ulceration?

Hello, how can I treat corneal ulceration?

Corneal ulcer: A corneal ulcer is an infection of the clear surface of the eye covering the iris. This can be a significant problem and should be managed closely by an ophthalmologist. Usually an ulcer is treated with aggressive antibiotic drops but you should follow whatever instructions you are given by your eye doctor. ...Read more

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How come heat application in corneal ulceration bring more antibiotics to the region?

Not likely: Heat application is used in many regions of the body, even the eyelids, to help combat infection. The body in fact does this by developing fever when infected. But the cornea has no blood vessels, and the antibiotics that reach it depend upon the strength and frequency of application of prescribed antibiotics for treatment. ...Read more

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What is a corneal ulceration?

A serious problem: A corneal ulceration refers to the cornea surface (clear tissue in front of pupil) breaking down through inflammation or infection. More common are corneal ulcerations secondary to infections (bacteria, fungus, etc) which are related to contact lenses or trauma. These infections require immediate evaluation with an ophthalmologist for strong topical antibiotics. ...Read more

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Hello, how can I treat corneal ulceration?

Corneal ulcer: A corneal ulcer is an infection of the clear surface of the eye covering the iris. This can be a significant problem and should be managed closely by an ophthalmologist. Usually an ulcer is treated with aggressive antibiotic drops but you should follow whatever instructions you are given by your eye doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Corneal ulceration?

What is the definition or description of: Corneal ulceration?

Corneal infection: A corneal ulcer is usually a spot of infection on the surface of the cornea (the clear window at the front of the eye.). Most commonly it occurs as a painful irritation under a contact lens, and the eye will usually be reddened. If this occurs, remove the contact lens and see an ophthalmologist right away. ...Read more

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What causes more antibiotics to come to the region of a corneal ulceration when heat is applied?

What causes more antibiotics to come to the region of a corneal ulceration when heat is applied?

Blood flow: The only thing I can think of is that heat will cause vasodilation, which would be a bit more blood and thus systemic antibiotics to the site. This would have no effect on topical antibiotics, however. ...Read more

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How come heat application in corneal ulceration bring more antibiotics to the region?

Not likely: Heat application is used in many regions of the body, even the eyelids, to help combat infection. The body in fact does this by developing fever when infected. But the cornea has no blood vessels, and the antibiotics that reach it depend upon the strength and frequency of application of prescribed antibiotics for treatment. ...Read more

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Hello, my son is 13 months now, he have developed lately eye infection that have cornea ulceration? Dr gave him ofloxan and multivitamin please help

Hello, my son is 13 months now, he have developed lately eye infection that have cornea ulceration? Dr gave him ofloxan and multivitamin please help

Eye specialist: Take him to an ophthalmologist, who specializes in eye conditions, including infections. He will have most current means of treating such conditions. If you can locate a pediatric ophthalmologist, that would be even better. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to recover from a corneal ulcer (ulcerative keratitis)?

How much time does it take to recover from a corneal ulcer (ulcerative keratitis)?

Varies: Based on the microbe causing the ulcer, the size, the location and depth of involvement. The range is days to several months. Also, recovery of what aspect? Treating the ulcer can be considered recovery, but if left over scar is in the center of your the cornea, the vision doesn't necessarily recover. Too many variables, best to discuss with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long does it take to recover from a corneal ulcer (ulcerative keratitis)?

Can you tell me how long does it take to recover from a corneal ulcer (ulcerative keratitis)?

Days to weeks: The recovery period depends on the type of bacteria, time of diagnosis and appropriateness of treatment. Routine corneal ulcers, diagnosed within the first two days usually clear up in 7-10 days. Some corneal ulcers can take weeks, and rarely months to heal. ...Read more

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Are corneal ulcers are painful?

Are corneal ulcers are painful?

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 light sensitive. The vision almost always drops. Most come from contact lens wear problems. Remove your lens and see your ophthalmologist right away. ...Read more

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Why are corneal ulcers so painful?

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. ...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 on 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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Corneal neovascularization and ulcers, can you tell me more?

Corneal neovascularization and ulcers, can you tell me more?

Corneal: Neovascularization can occur for a variety of reasons. Inflammation and ischemia are two of the most common causes. If neovascularization is associated with an ulcer, it needs to be determined if the ulcer is infectious or sterile as well. Your ophthalmologist can determine the cause and institute appropriate treatment with a slit-lamp (microscopic) exam of the cornea. ...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?
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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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Can lasik cause cornea ulcers?

Can lasik cause cornea ulcers?

Rarely: It is possible to get an infection in the cornea as a result of lasik surgery. It is a very rare event however. Great care is taken to prevent this from happening with the use of antibiotic drops and antiseptic surgical technique. ...Read more

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Are oral corticosteroids used as a common treatment for corneal ulcers?

Oral steroids: Due to possible systemic side effects and other available therapies, oral steroids are not commonly used in the treatment of infectious corneal ulcers. If the corneal ulcer is inflammatory in nature, oral steroids are commonly utilized. You need to see an eye doctor as soon as possible for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I got corneal ulcers in both my eyes from lenses. Is this condition 100% curable? And will I be able to wear lenses again?!

Variable results: Corneal ulcers can occur from infections or sensitivity to lenses. Sleeping in contacts or not changing the case or solution increases the risk of corneal ulcers. Depending on how bad and where the ulcer is in your cornea, scarring could result which could alter your vision. You could try using ClearCare contact lens cleaning solution. LASIK could be a better solution if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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Does having keratitis once make you more likely to get it again? I had a really bad case of keratitis, with corneal ulcers. Do I need to be extra careful with my eyes to be sure I don't get it again? .

To : To short answer is a definite "yes."
as has been pointed out above, "keratitis" is a rare condition when one looks at the entire population. There are many forms and many causes. A there is typically a "trigger" that can be identified by your eye care professional. Sometimes this trigger may be present forever making recurrence likely (herpes simplex infection / rosacea keratitis). Sometimes the trigger may be easy to control and stop (contact lens wear).

Therefore, if it is a factor caused about by your activity (ie contact lens wear), experience tells me you are likely to get it again if you continue with contact lens use. If a patient experiences cornea scaring and vision loss due to contact lens use, i typically recommend an alternative vision correction method. Another episode of infection or inflammation is very likely to lead to more vision loss — in general we should do everything to control preventable forms of vision loss. ...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?

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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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 from mine. ...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
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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