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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

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


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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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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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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

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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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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?

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 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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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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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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Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...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