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Corneal ulcers and infections

  • Alternative Names

    Bacterial keratitis; Fungal keratitis; Acanthamoeba keratitis; Herpes simplex keratitis


    Symptoms of infection or ulcers of the cornea include:

    • Blurry or hazy vision
    • Eye that appears red or bloodshot
    • Itching and discharge
    • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
    • Very painful andwatery eyes
    • White patch on the cornea (with herpes)

    Signs and tests
    • Examination of scrapings from the ulcer
    • Fluorescein stain of the cornea
    • Keratometry (measurement of the corneal curvature)
    • Pupillary reflex response
    • Refraction test
    • Slit-lamp examination
    • Tests for dry eye
    • Visual acuity

    Blood tests to check for inflammatory disorders may also be needed.