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CORNEAL ULCERS

Corneal Ulcers

Corneal ulcers are infections of the cornea. They are most often associated with soft contact lens use or trauma to the cornea. Prompt identification of the pathogen (usually bacteria) and aggressive treatment is needed to limit damage to the eye. In some cases, infection of the cornea can lead to infection inside the eye (endophthalmitis) and, rarely, loss of the eye. Early testing possibly including a diagnostic scraping or biopsy may be required to determine the cause of the infection. Our corneal specialist works with microbiologists and pathologists at nearby laboratories.

Fungal keratitis (corneal ulcer) - rare infection of the cornea usually caused by trauma with dirty objects or in immunocompromised patients.

Note the feathery borders which distinguishes it from bacterial ulcers.

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