Corneal Inflammation

Corneal Inflammation

Corneal inflammation, also known as keratitis, is an inflammation of the eye’s cornea that can affect vision and cause pain. It is a common condition that affects both adults and children. Treatment of corneal inflammation depends on the underlying cause of the inflammation and how severe it is.

Symptoms of corneal inflammation include:

  • Eye redness and irritation
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Blurry or hazy vision
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Tearing
  • Sensitivity to light

The causes of corneal inflammation include:

  • Infections, such as bacterial, fungal and viral infections.
  • Allergies or chemical irritation.
  • Eye injury.
  • Dryness.
  • Wearing contact lenses.

Diagnosis of corneal inflammation is typically done through physical and visual examinations. In addition, special tests such as slit-lamp examination and a culture of the eye discharge may be performed to determine the cause of the inflammation.

Treatment for corneal inflammation will depend on the underlying cause of the inflammation. Common treatments may include antibiotic eye drops or ointments, antiviral medications, steroid eye drops or ointments, artificial tears, and rest. Your doctor may also recommend wearing corrective lenses in order to protect the affected cornea.

Prevention of corneal inflammation includes avoiding trauma to the eye, properly cleaning and disinfecting contact lenses, and avoiding activities that can increase the risk of eye injury or infection.