Cornea

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome is primarily caused by poor quality or quantity of tears.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of dry eye syndrome are a dry, gritty, sandy sensation in the eyes, but symptoms also include redness, mucous discharge, fluctuation of vision, contact lens intolerance and, ironically, excess tearing. Many of these symptoms can also be caused by other ocular conditions, such as blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) and ocular allergies. 

Corneal Ulcer

The cornea can develop an infection. Such infections can be mild to severe. Risk factors for infection include contact lens wear, eye trauma and certain corneal conditions. Mild infections are often treated with frequent antibiotic drops. More severe infections may be cultured in the office or emergency room and then treated with frequent specially-made fortified antibiotics around the clock. Patients with severe corneal ulcers are seen regularly, often every day, until the infection appears to be improving. Most corneal ulcers resolve with antibiotic drop treatment.

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