What is keratitis?
Keratitis is an inflammation or infection of the cornea of the eye. The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. Keratitis is a medical emergency because extensive involvement may lead to blindness.
What causes keratitis?
There are many different causes of keratitis. The following are some of the more common causes:
- vitamin A deficiencies
- trauma (usually following insertion of an object into the eye)
What are the symptoms of keratitis?
The following are the most common symptoms of keratitis. However, individuals may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
- pain and redness in the eye
- discomfort when looking at light (photophobia)
- tearing, watery eyes, or discharge
- blurry vision
- feeling as if something is in the eye
The symptoms of keratitis may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your eye doctor for a diagnosis.
How is keratitis diagnosed?
Keratitis is usually diagnosed based on past medical history and health. Cultures of the eye drainage are usually not required, but may be done to confirm the cause of the infection.
Treatment for keratitis:
Specific treatment for keratitis can be determined by your eye doctor based on:
- age, overall health, and medical history
- the extent of the disease
- tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies
- expectations for the course of the disease
- your opinion or preference
You may be referred to an ophthalmologist for treatment of Keratitis.*
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