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How can corneal ulcers be prevented?

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  • Wear eye protection when exposed to small particles that can enter your eye.
  • If you have dry eyes or if your eyelids do not close completely, use artificial teardrops to keep your eyes lubricated.
  • If you wear contact lenses, be extremely careful about the way you clean and wear your lenses.
  • Always wash your hands before handling the lenses. Never use saliva to lubricate your lenses because your mouth contains bacteria that can harm your cornea.
  • Remove your lenses from your eyes every evening and carefully clean them. Never use tap water to clean the lenses.
  • Never sleep with your contact lenses in your eyes.
  • Store the lenses in disinfecting solutions overnight.
  • Remove your lenses whenever your eyes are irritated and leave them out until your eyes feel better.
  • Regularly clean your contact lens case.
  • Discard and replace the contact lenses at the interval specified by your doctor

From: Corneal Ulcer WebMD Medical Reference

Author: Fernando H. Murillo-Lopez, MD, Instructor, Department of Ophthalmology, Bolivian National Institute of Ophthalmology. Coauthor(s): Yesha R. Patel, MD, Clinical Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford-Kaiser Emergency Medicine Residency Program; David Jerrard, MD, Associate Professor, Departments of Surgery and Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center. Editors: Richard W. Allinson, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Ophthalmology, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Scott and White Clinic; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Robert H. Graham, MD, Ophthalmologist, Robert H. Graham, MD, PC; Affiliated With Department of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona and Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona.  




Corneal Ulcer from eMedicineHealth.

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Author: Fernando H. Murillo-Lopez, MD, Instructor, Department of Ophthalmology, Bolivian National Institute of Ophthalmology. Coauthor(s): Yesha R. Patel, MD, Clinical Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford-Kaiser Emergency Medicine Residency Program; David Jerrard, MD, Associate Professor, Departments of Surgery and Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center. Editors: Richard W. Allinson, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Ophthalmology, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Scott and White Clinic; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Robert H. Graham, MD, Ophthalmologist, Robert H. Graham, MD, PC; Affiliated With Department of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona and Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona.  




Corneal Ulcer from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on April 20, 2018

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