Corneal Infections in Baltimore

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Corneal Infections in Baltimore

“As a Baltimore CornealSpecialist I am always on alert for corneal infections or Keratitis that can become potentially serious matters for patients at Baltimore Washington Eye Center,” stated Brad Spagnolo, M.D. “A healthy intact cornea is quite resistant to infection. But if the outermost layer of the cornea which is called the epithelium, is damaged at all, the risk of infection increases a great deal.” Patients should always remember that any type of trauma-whether getting a poke in the eye from a branch or a finger or a foreign body such as metal or even from a dirty or damaged contact lens-makes it possible for bacteria, viruses or fungi to penetrate the cornea and cause an infection. Situations like these can cause painful inflammation and corneal infections called Keratitis.

The signs and symptoms of a corneal infection often include redness, pain, light sensitivity, eye watering and sometimes you may actually see a white spot at the center of the infection. Sometimes, Keratitis can cause a painful inflammation with a discharge, which if not treated quickly and appropriately can lead to corneal erosion, corneal ulceration and even corneal scarring which can impair vision and may require a Corneal Transplant. Quick diagnosis and treatment are the best way to avoid the potential for damage and vision loss from a corneal infection. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs or symptoms-especially if they have had any trauma to their eyes-please called Baltimore Washington Eye Center-800-495-3937 and request an immediate appointment with a corneal specialist.