What is Keratitis?
- Posted on: Aug 15 2018
Eye infections are no laughing matter. They can bring constant discomfort and make us suddenly want to stay home in bed all day. Anytime you’re not feeling well, know that your body is doing its best to heal itself, but some issues might need a little extra help from the professionals. Case in point: Keratitis. This issue can occur as a side effect of illness, a result of swimming in untreated water, or introducing bacteria into the eye through unclean contact lenses.
What is Keratitis?
Keratitis refers to inflammation of the cornea of the eye, the clear part that covers the pupil and iris. Contact lens wearers might be at an increased risk for Keratitis, since they touch their eye more often, and also because contacts that aren’t properly disinfected can cause bacteria to be introduced to the eye. Keratitis can be painful, but if it is left untreated it can cause permanent eye damage or even blindness. We recommend coming in as soon as you find an issue with your eye, but the following signs will help you know if you should call for an appointment as soon as possible.
How do I identify Keratitis?
Signs of Keratitis include pain of the eye, photophobia (light sensitivity), redness in the eye, and a gritty sensation in the eye. If you experience any of those issues, please get in touch with us immediately.
How do you treat Keratitis?
Treatment for Keratitis may vary, depending on your specific case. Often, if your Keratitis has occurred as a result of injury or bacterial infection, you will need to let your eye breathe during treatment. That means you will need to forgo wearing contacts, which is also a good thing since contacts might reintroduce the infection to your eye. You may be asked to put in antibiotic eye drops for a few days as well, though treatment will depend on the severity of your case.
If you don’t have a pair of backup glasses for emergencies, let’s get you fitted today. Call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians. Please dial 310-638-9391 for our Lynwood location, 562-862-4444 for our Downey location, 562-690-8887 for our La Habra location, and 562-464-0590 for our Whittier location.
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