Help for Boston Corneal Infections & Keratitis

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Help for Boston Corneal Infections

“For a lot of our Boston patients, spring is the time we like to get outdoors and participate in activities where corneal infections can become somewhat of a risk”, commented Boston Corneal Specialist JoAnn Chang, M.D. “I would like to remind patients that normally the cornea is very resistant to infection. However, if the outermost layer of the cornea-called the epithelium-is damaged from even mild accidents like getting a poke in the eye from a branch or a finger, a foreign body such as metal or even from a dirty or damaged contact lens, it is possible for bacteria, viruses or fungi to penetrate the cornea and cause an infection. Situations like these can cause painful inflammation and corneal infections called Keratitis,” remarked Dr. Chang.

Anyone concerned about a corneal infection should become familiar with the signs and symptoms of a Keratitis which may include redness, pain, light sensitivity, watering and even the formation of a white spot indicating the focus of the infection. In some instances this can cause a painful inflammation with a discharge, which if not treated quickly and appropriately, can lead to corneal erosion, corneal ulceration and corneal scarring which can impair vision and may require a corneal transplant. Quick diagnosis and treatment are the best way to avoid the potential for damage and vision loss from a corneal infection.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs or symptoms-especially if they have had any trauma to their eyes, please call D’Ambrosio Eye Care at 800-325-3937 and request an immediate appointment.