Imagine waking up in the morning and not experiencing your normal vision. What’s the first thing you would do? We would take a look in the mirror first thing, to see if we could find something wrong with the eye in question. Sometimes a stray eyelash can fall into the eye, causing discomfort or even redness. Alternatively, if your vision is affected, it is likely not an eyelash causing the trouble. Keratitis may be the issue, and it can cause a lot of trouble, so keep reading to learn about what to watch out for, especially when your vision is suddenly different.
What is Keratitis?
Keratitis is defined as inflammation of your cornea, the clear part of your eye that is in front of the iris and pupil. You can think of it like the surface of a watch, behind the watchglass are the contents of the eye. Similarly, behind the cornea is the iris, pupil and lens of the eye. Keratitis can occur when your eye is injured, you wear your contacts for too long, or if you inadvertently introduce bacteria into your eye through poor hygiene. Unfortunately, Keratitis can cause serious damage and even cause blindness in severe, untreated cases.
How can I tell if it’s Keratitis?
General symptoms of Keratitis can be identified by looking at your eye, or even having a family member or friend help you. Usually, you will notice the symptoms yourself without waiting for someone to comment that your eyes look red, though. Look for the following:
- Pain or tenderness in the eye
- Sensitivity in the sun or bright lights
- Blurry vision (even while wearing glasses or contacts)
- Difficulty opening your eye fully due to pain
- Irritating feeling that something is in your eye
- Redness of the eye
How do you treat Keratitis?
Your eye doctor will need to see you to determine if you have Keratitis, so call to make an appointment as soon as you notice something is wrong. Catching and starting treatment of Keratitis early can cut down on treatment time and also the risk of damage due to the infection such as permanent scarring. You will likely need antibiotic ointment or antibiotic eye drops to help you get rid of the Keratitis and occasionally keratitis treatment also requires the use of steroid eye drops to prevent permaent scarring.
If you or a loved one are currently experiencing pain or decreased vision, please call us today at (818) 346-8118 to schedule a consultation. Treating your issue early is key to keeping your eye healthy.