Corneal ulcers and infections : Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

  • Eye burning, itching and discharge
  • Eye pain
  • Eye redness
  • Impaired vision
  • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Watery eyes
  • White patch on the cornea

Diagnosis & Tests

  • Examination of scrapings from the ulcer
  • Fluorescein stain of the cornea
  • Keratometry (measurement of the cornea)
  • Pupillary reflex response
  • Refraction test
  • Slit-lamp examination
  • Tear test
  • Visual acuity

Blood tests to check for inflammatory disorders may also be needed.


Review Date : 12/12/2008
Reviewed By : A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Greg Juhn, MTPW, David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by Paul B. Griggs, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network (8/22/2008).

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