INFECTIONS AND CORNEAL ULCERS

Infections can happen anywhere on the surface of the eye, including on the cornea, the conjunctiva or the eyelids.

Infection is caused by the invasion of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, or even amoebas.

While infections are possible in anyone, they are more common in contact lens users, or after an injury or trauma to the eye.

Commonly treated eye infections include:

  • Bacterial corneal ulcers

Pseudomonas corneal ulcer

Staph corneal ulcer

  • Viral corneal infections including EKC, Herpes Simplex and Herpes Zoster (shingles)

Herpes Zoster (shingles) keratitis

Herpes Simplex keratitis

  • Fungal corneal infections

Fungal corneal ulcer

Fungal corneal ulcer

Because many of these corneal ulcers can threaten loss of sight or even loss of the eye, they are treated in our clinic on an urgent basis and with the utmost attention.

Often for sight-threatening infections or when initial treatment is not successful quickly enough, a culture of the ulcer is acquired to determine the identity and medication sensitivity of the infection.

In very rare and serious cases, a corneal transplant is needed to remove the infected or scarred area of the cornea.

Most often, however, the infection is successfully treated with targeted therapy including topical eye drops and occasionally oral medication. 

As with all ocular conditions, each patient's eyes, vision, treatment options, and needs may be different. The best way to determine your individual condition and options is by booking an evaluation with one of our doctors! Contact us.

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