• Corneal Ulcer Treatment

    Written by: Kierstan Boyd
    Reviewed by: Devin A Harrison MD
    Mar. 01, 2015

    Antibiotics, antifungal or antiviral eyedrops are the mainstay of treatment. Sometimes antifungal tablets will be prescribed, or an injection of medication is given near the eye for treatment.

    Once any infection has diminished or is gone, then steroid or anti-inflammatory eyedrops may be used to reduce swelling and help prevent scarring. The use of steroid eyedrops is controversial and should only be used under close supervision by your ophthalmology. It is possible that steroid eyedrops may worsen an infection.

    Removal of disease cornea during transplant
    Abnormal cornea is removed.
    Donor cornea placement during transplant
    Donor cornea is sutured in place.

    Oral pain medication may be prescribed to reduce pain.

    If symptoms of corneal ulcer continue after treatment — including pain and redness of the eye, tearing and discharge from the eye and blurry vision — let your ophthalmologist know right away so a different course of treatment can be started promptly.

    Surgical treatment

    If corneal ulcers cannot be treated with medication, surgery may be needed to keep your vision. A corneal transplant can replace your damaged cornea with a healthy donor cornea to restore vision.