Keratitis or corneal ulcer treatment depends on the type and severity of this corneal problem. Antibacterial or antifungal eye drops may be used to treat corneal infections. Sometimes steroid eye drops may be necessary to reduce the inflammation (swelling) of keratitis.
If the cornea is severely scarred or thinning has occurred, a corneal transplant may be needed to restore vision.
It is important to remember that keratitis must be treated early to reduce the risk of complications, and it is likely that frequent visits to an ophthalmologist may be needed to fully treat this corneal problem.
Image reprinted, with permission, from Schwab IR, External Disease and Cornea: A Multimedia Collection, San Francisco: American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1994.