Corneal ulcers are infections of the cornea. They are most often associated with soft contact lens use or trauma to the cornea. Prompt identification of the pathogen (usually bacteria) and aggressive treatment from your ophthalmologist is needed to limit damage to the eye. In some cases, infection of the cornea can lead to infection inside the eye (endophthalmitis) and, rarely, loss of the eye.
Early testing, which may include a diagnostic scraping or biopsy, may be required to determine the cause of the infection. Our corneal specialist works with microbiologists and pathologists at nearby laboratories to ensure patients have the most comprehensive, complete care available in North Central Florida.