Contact Lens-Related Corneal Ulcer: A Teaching Case Report

Trinh Khuu, OD, FAAO
Aurora Denial, OD, FAAO


Abstract

Corneal ulcer, or ulcerative keratitis, is essentially an open wound to the eye. It is characterized by disruption of the corneal epithelium and stroma and can be either inflammatory or infectious.This teaching case report reviews the diagnosis and management of a specific contact lens-related corneal ulcer case and includes a discussion of the differential diagnosis, risk factors, and pharmacological treatments for corneal ulcers. This topic is important because of the potentially severe ocular complications that can arise from overwear of contact lenses.

Key Words: corneal ulcer, infectious keratitis, ulcerative keratitis, contact lens, fluoroquinolone

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