Corneal Ulcers

content-cornealCorneal ulcers (keratitis) occur after corneal trauma with a foreign body (including contact lenses), and with dry eyes or lid disease which allow bacteria or fungi to enter the cornea, causing a deep infection and inflammation. This condition may cause severe pain, reduce visual clarity, produce a corneal discharge, and perhaps erode the cornea. As a general rule, the deeper the corneal infection, the more severe the symptoms and complications. It should be noted that microbial infections such as keratitis, although relatively infrequent, are the most serious complication of contact lens wear.