Keratitis is an inflammation that affects the cornea. It may be due to irritation by a foreign body or infections by bacteria, viruses or fungi. It is necessary to consult an oculist as soon as possible when one experiences related symptoms.
The cornea is the transparent tissue on top of the eye, covering the pupil and iris. When there is an inflammation occurring in the cornea, it is called a keratitis. Keratitis can be caused by either infections, mostly bacterial infections, or may be due to non-infections reasons, such as the mechanical irritation to the cornea by a foreign body or the eyelashes.
Keratitis is an inflammation occurring in the cornea. The causes of inflammation of the cornea can be either infections or be due to non-infections reasons. Infections are mainly caused by bacteria and get promoted by injuries on the cornea and carrying lenses for too long without pause. Besides viruses, such as herpes simplex, and fungi can also cause an infection of the cornea. Non-infectious causes are mainly foreign bodies that are stuck in the eye and therefore irritate the cornea, which will cause the inflammation. The common foreign bodies include contact lenses, dust, and dirt. Also eyelashes can mechanically irritate the cornea by reaching into the eye en scrubbing on the cornea. This is a common problem in people with an entropion. People with keratitis may feel pain, itchiness and tingling in the affected eye, while at the same time experiencing discharge. Furthermore, the cornea may blur and become rough, which will affect normal vision.
The treatment of keratitis includes antifungal and anti-inflammatory drugs as well as antibiotics. Antibiotics and antifungals are used in order to treat or prevent a bacterial or fungal infection. Anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce the pain and inflammation. In severe cases, eye surgery such as a cornea transplant may be necessary.
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