Corneal Ulcer

Corneal Ulcer Overview

View Video Corneal ulcer is an open sore on the cornea. Corneal ulcers are usually caused by Bacterial infections, Viral infections, Fungal infections and Parasitic infections.

Bacterial infections often occur in contact lens wearers, especially in people using extended-wear lenses.

Viral infections, such as the virus that causes cold sores (the herpes simplex virus) chicken pox and shingles (the varicella virus) can cause corneal ulcers.

Improper use of contact lenses or steroid eye drops can lead to fungal infections, which in turn can cause corneal ulcers. Also, a corneal injury that results in plant material getting into the eye can lead to fungal keratitis.

Parasitic (Acanthamoeba) are microscopic, single-celled amoeba, found in fresh water and soil, can cause infection.

Other causes of corneal ulcers include:

Abrasions, burns scratches, scrapes and cuts to the cornea can also cause ulcers.

North Carolina EENT has offices in Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Roxboro for treatment of Corneal Ulcers.

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