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Doctor insights on: Wearing Contacts After Corneal Ulcer

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My doctor said my corneal ulcer was healed & can go back wearing contacts but when I go back to wearing contacts, it get red again. What possible reason?

My doctor said my corneal ulcer was healed & can go back wearing contacts but when I go back to wearing contacts, it get red again. What possible reason?

Recurrence?: You could have a recurrence of the ulcer or you may need to decrease your wear time. I would make a appointment asap with your eye doctor to rule out ulcer which is a serious condition. ...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


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Can I wear contacts after having a corneal ulcer?

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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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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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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How common is corneal ulcer among people who wear soft contacts?

How common is corneal ulcer among people who wear soft contacts?

Rare, but it occurs: A corneal ulcer in soft contact wearers is rare, however it can occur. The risk factors are poor hygiene, swimming, and sleeping in contacts. ...Read more

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Are there any after effects of a corneal ulcer? Can I wear contacts again after it heals?

Are there any after effects of a corneal ulcer? Can I wear contacts again after it heals?

Can be a problem: If the ulcer is treated properly it should heal nicely. The only long term effects come about if the ulcer was dead center in which case the vision will be disturbed. If off to the side, then you should have no problems. You can wear contact lenses after healing but keep to the cleaning and replacement schedule to prevent ulcer formation. ...Read more

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Told yesterday I have corneal ulcer from contacts. Tiny white spot not on iris. Treating with drops. Now have stye on same eye on bottom lid. Worry?

Told yesterday I have corneal ulcer from contacts. Tiny white spot not on iris. Treating with drops. Now have stye on same eye on bottom lid. Worry?

Ulcer is serious: A corneal ulcer can be a potentially sight-threatening problem and should be considered as a serious eye infection. Stop the contact lenses and follow your Eye M.D.'s treatment recommendations exactly. The stye is pretty much self-limited, and will be effectively treated with the antibiotic drops you are most likely using for the corneal ulcer. Also do hot compresses to the lids four times a day. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: corneal ulcer?

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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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?

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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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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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?

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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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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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

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Corneal ulcer, what is the chance of vision loss from this?

Depends: On many factors like the type of ulcer, where the ulcer is, etc. Corneal ulcers can be potentially blinding and should be treated preferably by a corneal specialist. ...Read more

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Is it ok to perform lasik even if with history of corneal ulcer?

Is it ok to perform lasik even if with history of corneal ulcer?

Depends: If you have a healed small peripheral corneal ulcer that is well healed yes. But if the scar is where the flap is made and is involved more than 75 microns of superficial cornea then most surgeon prefer to do prk so the flap does not become irregular or button holed. That is true even with femtosecond laser flap maker. ...Read more

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

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

Yes: As long as the surface of the cornea (epithelium) is healed, and you have finished your treatment, contact wear is fine. ...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)?

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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What is bacterial keratitis (corneal ulcer)?

What is bacterial keratitis (corneal ulcer)?

Corneal infection: The cornea is the clear window in the front of your eye. Your tears and the surface cells of the cornea, or epithelium, normally protect the cornea from infection. When these protective layers are compromised, bacteria can enter the stroma, or core layer of the cornea, and cause vision-threatening infection. Commonest cause: misuse of soft contact lenses (poor care hygiene, overwear). ...Read more

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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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Can a corneal ulcer on the edge of the iris turn from white to red?

Can a corneal ulcer on the edge of the iris turn from white to red?

Yes: A corneal ulcer causes a significant amount of inflammation and is a very serious ocular diagnosis. Treatment is imperative to limit the destruction of the corneal tissues, which can cause vision loss. The redness you see is due to the inflammatory response, which causes the adjacent blood vessels to dilate & the tissues to swell. The pain is due to the exposure of corneal nerves & tissue destruct ...Read more

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What is the difference between a corneal abrasion and a corneal ulcer?

What is the difference between a corneal abrasion and a corneal ulcer?

Easy Answer: A corneal abrasion is a scratch of the superficial layer of cells of the cornea.

These cells have numerous functions, one of which is to fight infection.

The corneal tissue can become infected and become a corneal ulcer.

Corneal ulcers are potentially blinding, . ...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


Dr. William Dieck
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Corneal Ulcer (Definition)

Occurs when there is an infection on the cornea that can be due to ...Read more