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Corneal Ulcer

Outlook

A corneal ulcer is a true emergency. Without treatment, the ulcer can spread to the rest of your eyeball, and you can become partially or completely blind in a very short period of time. Your cornea may also perforate, or you could develop scarring, cataracts, or glaucoma.

  • With the proper treatment, corneal ulcers should improve within 2-3 weeks.
  • If scars from previous corneal ulcers impair vision, a corneal transplant may be needed to restore normal vision.

For More Information

American Academy of Ophthalmology
655 Beach Street
Box 7424
San Francisco, CA 94120
(415) 561-8500

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corneal infection, open sore on the cornea, contact lenses, contact lens wearers, bacterial infections, corneal ulcer

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Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky, MD on April 25, 2014

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