Corneal Ulcer

Natural treatments for relief of a scratched cornea to help relieve corneal ulcers and abrasions.

scratched cornea treatments for relief of corneal ulcers and abrasions

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  1. What is a Corneal Ulcer?
  2. What Causes Corneal Ulcer?
  3. Diagnosing Corneal Ulcer
  4. Help for Corneal Ulcer
  5. More Information on Corneal Ulcer

What is a Corneal Ulcer?

A corneal ulcer is a condition characterized by an open sore on the cornea (clear, protective outer layer of the eye).

The common symptoms and signs of corneal ulcers include:
  • Pain in the eye
  • Feels as though something is in the eye
  • Red eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Tearing
  • Pus or discharge appears in the cornea


What Causes Corneal Ulcer?

This condition is most commonly caused by infections. Bacterial, viral (herpes simplex virus or varicella virus) and fungal infections may cause corneal ulcers. Injury and trauma can also bring about an ulcerated cornea. If glass particles or a sharp object strikes the cornea, the corneal surface may become scratched, damaged or cause an abrasion, creating a breeding ground for bacteria – and as a result, cause the corneal ulcer.

Certain eye disorders such as dry eyes and disorders that are due inadequate eyelid closure such as Bell’s palsy may also lead to corneal ulcers. Other factors such as chemical burns, harsh solution splashes, and wearing contacted lenses for extended periods without removing them at night will also increase your risk of developing corneal ulcers or lesions.

In addition, improper care of contact lenses and excessive use of eye drops that contain steroids can make you susceptible to corneal ulcers and damage the cornea. If left untreated, serious eye complications such as corneal scarring and intraocular infection may develop.

Diagnosing Corneal Ulcer

The diagnosis and treatment of a corneal ulcer is based on the symptoms presented, thorough eye examination and a review of the patient’s medical history. Your ophthalmologist will apply fluorescein dye which stains the ulcer and makes easier to examine and confirm a diagnosis. Additional testing such as culture and sensitivity testing of corneal scraping may also be performed to identify the bacteria or fungus causing the corneal ulcer.

Help for Corneal Ulcer

The treatment of corneal ulcers generally depends on the underlying cause. Treatment involves antibiotic, antiviral or antifungal drugs to relieve pain and prevent further complications. Certain over-the- counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen may also be used to as pain relievers. In more severe cases, corneal transplantation may be required.

Natural Remedies

Natural treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies can also promote healthy vision, strengthen blood capillaries in the eye and prevent eye sensitivity without doing further harm. Homeopathic remedies are gentle and safe to use, and provide relief when it is needed most.

Carefully selected homeopathic ingredients such as Euphrasia, Pulsatilla, Psorinum, Merc sol and Graphites reduces symptoms and promotes clear, healthy vision. Other well known homeopathic ingredients such as Calendula, Agrimony and Arg nit help to soothe and calm irritated eyes.

More Information on Corneal Ulcer

There are several things that you can do to prevent corneal ulcers
and ensure overall eye health and these include:
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and practice good hygiene habits when handling contact lenses
  • If you wear contact lenses, make sure that you remove them immediately and avoid wearing them overnight
  • Do not use saliva to moisten your contact lenses
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eye with your fingers
  • Avoid rinsing contact lenses with tap water
  • Rinse contact lens cases in hot water and allow to air dry
  • Protect eyes in the workplace goggles if you are doing tasks that may produce airborne particles or dust (e.g. DIY).
  • Replace contacts every three months
  • Wear sunglasses or ultraviolet coatings on glasses to protect your eyes from the sun and wind
  • If you are skiing, wear goggles to protect your eyes
  • Use artificial tear eye drops if you suffer from inadequate tears
  • Avoid irritants such as cigarette smoke, chemical fumes, or environmental toxins
  • Increase your intake of Vitamin A and B supplements
  • Apply cool compresses to the affected area of the eye if you develop a corneal ulcer


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