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Corneal Ulcers

Corneal Ulcers: A Condition Not to be Taken Lightly

What Are Corneal Ulcers?

Corneal ulcers are open sores on the cornea. The cornea covers the iris and the round pupil, much like a watch crystal covers the face of a watch. These eye ulcers usually result from an infection, but severe dry eye or other eye disorders can cause it.

What Are the Symptoms of Corneal Ulcers?

Symptoms of corneal ulcers include:
  • Redness of the eye
  • Severe pain and soreness of the eye
  • The feeling of having something in your eye
  • Tearing
  • Pus or other discharge
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Swelling of the eyelids
  • A white spot on your cornea that you may or may not be able to see when looking in the mirror

How Are Corneal Ulcers Treated?

See your ophthalmologist immediately if you think you have a corneal ulcer or have any eye symptoms that concern you. The severity of your condition will determine how the ulcer is treated. For many patients, antibiotic eye drops will clear up the ulcer. However, this condition is not to be taken lightly. Corneal ulcers can badly and permanently damage your vision and even cause blindness if they are not treated. Don’t put off making an appointment with our eye doctors if you think you may have a corneal ulcer.


Additional Cornea Services

General Information

Corneal diseases can affect your eyesight and eye health.

Corneal Foreign Bodies

Foreign bodies that become lodged within your eye or cornea should be removed right away. Our ophthalmologists will handle the sensitive removal and ensure that all proper medical care is provided to eliminate any future complications.


Keratoconus can cause distorted, blurry vision. Get treatment and surgery for this corneal condition at Rock Hill Eye Center.

Corneal Abrasions

Corneal abrasions are painful and can affect your vision. Get relief with help from the doctors at Rock Hill Eye Center.

Corneal Dystrophy

Learn about corneal dystrophy treatment and symptoms from Rock Hill Eye Center.

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* If this is a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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