Corneal Infection (Keratitis, Corneal Ulcer)

What is a corneal infection?

A corneal infection (also referred to as keratitis) is wide-spread inflammation or infection of the cornea, the clear front surface of the eye. A corneal ulcer is infection in a specific area of the cornea and is often found with a corneal abrasion (or scratch). Without treatment, keratitis and corneal ulcers can cause a scar that may impair vision.

What are the types of corneal infections? 

Corneal infections can be bacterial, viral or fungal.

What are the symptoms of corneal infections?

  • Eye pain
  • Light sensitivity
  • Eye redness
  • Tearing and drainage
  • Decreased vision 

How are corneal infections diagnosed?

A complete history and eye examination. 

What is the treatment for corneal infections?

Treatments for corneal infections can include eye drops and ointments. Antibiotic eye drops and ointments may be prescribed by your physician. Other treatments can include oral antiviral medications. In cases of viral infections, an oral antiviral medication may be prescribed.