PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What is the outlook for people with a corneal ulcer?

ANSWER

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.

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.

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on April 20, 2018

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

NEXT QUESTION:

When should you call your doctor about your vision if you have diabetes?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: