Corneal Infections

About Corneal Infections

Corneal infections or keratitis stemming from an injury, bacteria, virus, or fungus can cause damage to the cornea and it can also be very painful as well. Corneal infections can sometimes occur from wearing contact lenses. But regardless of how the infection started, over time, corneal infections can reduce vision, cause corneal discharges, and even begin to erode the cornea itself. They can also lead to corneal scarring, which can harm vision and might eventually require a corneal transplant.


Some symptoms of corneal infections include:

  • Pain and Redness
  • Tearing
  • Discharge
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Burning Sensation

Treatments We Offer

Minor corneal infections are usually treated with anti-microbial eye drops. Severe infections might require stronger antibiotic or antifungal or antiviral treatments. It might be necessary to make frequent visits to an eye doctor for several months. Once the infection is under control, topical steroid treatments might be used to help with corneal scarring.

Why Choose Columbia?

Corneal infections are not just painful, they are dangerous to eye health and vision and can cause lasting vision problems if not treated effectively. Columbia ophthalmologists have the latest treatments available to make sure that your eyes heal quickly.