Eye Conditions – Corneal Ulcers
The front portion of the eye is covered with a thin, transparent membrane called the cornea, which protects the interior of the eye. If there is a break or defect in the surface layer of the cornea, called the epithelium, and damage to the underlying stroma, a corneal ulcer results. The ulcer is usually caused by microorganisms, which gain access to the stroma through the break in the epithelium.
What is a Corneal Ulcer?
What are the Symptoms of Corneal Ulcers?
- Watery eyes
- Acute pain
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision
- Discharge from the eye
- The feeling that there’s something in your eye
What Causes Corneal Ulcers?
- Wearing contact lenses for excessive periods of time
- Inadequate contact lens sterilization
- Eye injury
- Lack of tear production
- Complications of herpes simplex keratitis, neurotrophic keratitis, chronic blepharitis, conjunctivitis, trachoma, bullous keratopathy, and cicatricial pemphigoid
- Vitamin A deficiency or protein malnutrition
- Eyelid abnormalities
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How are Corneal Ulcers Diagnosed?
One of our doctors will check your eye, including under your eyelid, to make sure there are no foreign materials present. Depending on the initial exam, fluorescein dye may be used to identify the corneal defects. A test called the Seidel test (painting the wound with dye and observing for leakage) may be performed to uncover possible deeper injuries.