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Old 05-06-2007, 10:35 AM   #1
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Question Corneal Ulcer

Hi new to this site. I had a very red and sore eye, which resulted in me being admitted to hospital, it was a corneal ulcer with a lot of corneal thinning. I was put on steroid, anti-bacterial and artificial tear drops. I am still on these drops. This was 6 weeks ago, last week I was told by the specialist it is no better. I am having real problems reading, and at times it is still a bit blurry. My other eye now feels a bit irrated and is red at times, although apparently is clear.
They could not find a cause from the tests done and were surprised how the cornea had thinned out 70% more than it should have been.
I have been told there might be scarring as its healing in a zig zag pattern.
Anyboby had a similar experience and how has it worked out? Would appreciate any info or thoughts
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Old 05-09-2007, 08:57 AM   #2
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Re: Corneal Ulcer

Hi! I posted to your post on the RCE thread. I have had a corneal abrasion that has left my vision considerably worse. Each time I have a new erosion, it takes cells of the cornea (I can see it in a mirror) and the bluriness is even worse--as it heals over--it gets better again. My injury happended about 10 months ago. I don't think my vision will ever be what is was before the injury.

It sounds like you might be having erosions. One good thing you can do is use the artificial tears a lot. I have to wear a contact lens at night, my eyes get so dry that I'll wake up in the middle of the night and unknowingly try to open my eyes which results in an erosion. The lens keeps the lid from scraping my cornea. I'm able to keep these erosions to a minimum this way. If it get worse or more frequent I'll have to talk to my doctor about options.

I don't know anything about thinning corneas. There was another poster who had corneal loss. You might want to search this board for "thinning cornea".

 
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Old 05-10-2007, 06:11 AM   #3
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Re: Corneal Ulcer

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Hi! I posted to your post on the RCE thread. I have had a corneal abrasion that has left my vision considerably worse. Each time I have a new erosion, it takes cells of the cornea (I can see it in a mirror) and the bluriness is even worse--as it heals over--it gets better again. My injury happended about 10 months ago. I don't think my vision will ever be what is was before the injury.

It sounds like you might be having erosions. One good thing you can do is use the artificial tears a lot. I have to wear a contact lens at night, my eyes get so dry that I'll wake up in the middle of the night and unknowingly try to open my eyes which results in an erosion. The lens keeps the lid from scraping my cornea. I'm able to keep these erosions to a minimum this way. If it get worse or more frequent I'll have to talk to my doctor about options.

I don't know anything about thinning corneas. There was another poster who had corneal loss. You might want to search this board for "thinning cornea".

 
Old 05-10-2007, 06:21 AM   #4
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Re: Corneal Ulcer

Hi thanks for your thread, we may have different things but similar, an ulcer is a hole and can be caused by various things, infection, virus, fungus, some underlying illnesses, but they did not find a cause in my case.
Today I have had a test by my optician who say's she thinks I have the same in the other eye now. It means going back to the Eye Specialist which I will do soon. My eyes are blurry and I am sure you feel the same, but it make me feel ill.
Anyway let you know what happens
Take Care Salle

 
Old 05-23-2007, 05:11 AM   #5
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Re: Corneal Ulcer

Oh, GOD! I am having a similar problem here and its terrible and quite frightening.

I am 23 year-old male from Bulgaria. I have asthma and severe allergy to mites and pollen.

I've been putting antihistamine eye-drops regularly but a few months ago my eye turned very red, I had the feeling that something was in my eye.

It stayed like that for a few days and then I saw a thin white layer starting to cover my cornea peripherally. It was then that I realized it is something much more serious than my allergy.

I when to my GP who said I had conjuctivitis but send me to an opthalmogist for treatment.

When they looked at my eye the doc exclaimed, "that's not very good"....

I felt like I was going to die or something. They told me I had a corneal ulcer. I didn't know what was that at the time so I remained relatively calm.

They rushed my to hospital, some professors saw me and sealed my eye with a cream and put a bandage.

But when I got home I read a lot on corneal ulcers on the Internet and realized that you could actually go blind as the scar starts to form.

I cried for hours on end and thought about suicide.

I had to put a medication every half hour!
1.antibitotics
2.artificial tears
3.veal protein to help heal the ulcer.
4.some other anti-inflamatory eye-drops
5.my allergy eye-drops!

IT WAS INSANE...

My ulcer was very large but fortunately it was not central but peripheral.

The ulcer healed within 24 hours leaving an ugly scar on my cornea which I still have today.

Nobody said what caused it.

I visited F I V E different opthalmogists for help. I paid large sums of money, even bribed a doctor from the Military medical academy in Sofia to take care of me.

This is what the docs said:

First one said: injury to the cornea...???

second one said I hat rosacea! (a terrible skin condition)

third doc said: dry eye!

fourth doc said: TOO MUCH STRESS!

****ing unbelievable.

I felt terribly confused. Started educating myself and went to the clinic again where they examined my eye for bacteria. None was found.

After my ordeal I concluded that I have whats called a 'an allergic marginal ulcer" - a rare but potentially devastating erosion of the cornea.

I went to my doc and told my diagnosis. She was stunned and treats me with great respect ever since!

I take my medication regularly but since my allergy is severe sometimes I need to use corticosteroids, which have terrible side effects but are my last resort.

I've spent hundreds on eye drops, oinments and allergy medication.

I've managed to control this terrible condition.

I've been experiencing recurring small erosions since my first incident but I quickly put an oinment with vitamin A and the erosion closes in minutes.

It's like a tiny hole in the cornea, its terrible.

I am lucky because if I take care of my eyes I wont go blind and wouldn't have to kill myself.

Also, I find it hard to work with a computer because it dries my eyes. I worked as an editor in an online news agency! I left my job beacuse of my condition!

Life just sucks.

Currently I am taking Xyzal tablets for my allergy, Opatanol eye-drops and Systane artifcial tears. I also use Oculotect when I see I have ane erosion.

My advice to the poster is that HE IMMEDIATELY SEEKS PROFESSIONAL help and demand additionl tests and visit other doctors if he is not satisfied with the treatment.

Its important to find out what cause your erosions. There is a great risk of going blind from these and once the scar covers the cornea, a corneal transplant is your only option.

Its terrible I know but we'll have to go through this. Good luck!

 
Old 05-23-2007, 12:09 PM   #6
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Re: Corneal Ulcer

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Oh, GOD! I am having a similar problem here and its terrible and quite frightening.

I am 23 year-old male from Bulgaria. I have asthma and severe allergy to mites and pollen.

I've been putting antihistamine eye-drops regularly but a few months ago my eye turned very red, I had the feeling that something was in my eye.

It stayed like that for a few days and then I saw a thin white layer starting to cover my cornea peripherally. It was then that I realized it is something much more serious than my allergy.

I when to my GP who said I had conjuctivitis but send me to an opthalmogist for treatment.

When they looked at my eye the doc exclaimed, "that's not very good"....

I felt like I was going to die or something. They told me I had a corneal ulcer. I didn't know what was that at the time so I remained relatively calm.

They rushed my to hospital, some professors saw me and sealed my eye with a cream and put a bandage.

But when I got home I read a lot on corneal ulcers on the Internet and realized that you could actually go blind as the scar starts to form.

I cried for hours on end and thought about suicide.

I had to put a medication every half hour!
1.antibitotics
2.artificial tears
3.veal protein to help heal the ulcer.
4.some other anti-inflamatory eye-drops
5.my allergy eye-drops!

IT WAS INSANE...

My ulcer was very large but fortunately it was not central but peripheral.

The ulcer healed within 24 hours leaving an ugly scar on my cornea which I still have today.

Nobody said what caused it.

I visited F I V E different opthalmogists for help. I paid large sums of money, even bribed a doctor from the Military medical academy in Sofia to take care of me.

This is what the docs said:

First one said: injury to the cornea...???

second one said I hat rosacea! (a terrible skin condition)

third doc said: dry eye!

fourth doc said: TOO MUCH STRESS!

****ing unbelievable.

I felt terribly confused. Started educating myself and went to the clinic again where they examined my eye for bacteria. None was found.

After my ordeal I concluded that I have whats called a 'an allergic marginal ulcer" - a rare but potentially devastating erosion of the cornea.

I went to my doc and told my diagnosis. She was stunned and treats me with great respect ever since!

I take my medication regularly but since my allergy is severe sometimes I need to use corticosteroids, which have terrible side effects but are my last resort.

I've spent hundreds on eye drops, oinments and allergy medication.

I've managed to control this terrible condition.

I've been experiencing recurring small erosions since my first incident but I quickly put an oinment with vitamin A and the erosion closes in minutes.

It's like a tiny hole in the cornea, its terrible.

I am lucky because if I take care of my eyes I wont go blind and wouldn't have to kill myself.

Also, I find it hard to work with a computer because it dries my eyes. I worked as an editor in an online news agency! I left my job beacuse of my condition!

Life just sucks.

Currently I am taking Xyzal tablets for my allergy, Opatanol eye-drops and Systane artifcial tears. I also use Oculotect when I see I have ane erosion.

My advice to the poster is that HE IMMEDIATELY SEEKS PROFESSIONAL help and demand additionl tests and visit other doctors if he is not satisfied with the treatment.

Its important to find out what cause your erosions. There is a great risk of going blind from these and once the scar covers the cornea, a corneal transplant is your only option.

Its terrible I know but we'll have to go through this. Good luck!
Hi
Interesting about allergy, had not thought about that. The Doctor's checked for different things, but found nothing. My ulcer in my left eye, the bad one is still there, has just flared up again, red, sore and sensitive to light, i have just upped my steroid drops and it seem's to be settling. I started with another in my right eye, but with the drops seem's to be okay. All this with no apparent cause, unless it was my "body reacting against itself, the natural bacteria". It sounds a bit unlikely I think. Anyway will look up info on marginal allergic ulcer . Like you I now have problems using the computer, I have problems reading, and it is now nearly 3 months.
Thanks for your info

 
Old 05-24-2007, 05:59 AM   #7
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Re: Corneal Ulcer

I am sure you'll be OK. Don't allow the ulcer to make a scar on your cornea otherwise it will most certainly impair your vision long-term. Find out whats causing the irratation!

Also, when you use the computer put plenty of artificial eye-drops and rest every 15-20 minutes.

Personally, I can't live without my computer and have to use it for my work and studies but when I had the ulcer I unplugged it and did not use it for several weeks until I got better.

Computer screens also cause eye strain which is not good if you have eye inflamation. With any kind of inflamation and irritation its best let your eyes rest and heal.

I hope you are better by now. Please write back, I've been through this and I know how terrible it is - not beeing able to see and that terrible persistent eye irritation...

Also, don't put too much corticosteroid as these drugs have many side effect, including glaucoma, a serious eye condition.

Genarally I DON'tT put cortocosteroids in my eye but sometimes my is so red and so irrtated nothing helps so they are good in emergencies but not for long-term use.

Regards,

Mark

PS I forgot, can you tell me exactly where the ulcer is located?

Last edited by Mark Antony; 05-24-2007 at 06:03 AM.

 
Old 05-24-2007, 06:58 AM   #8
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Re: Corneal Ulcer

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I am sure you'll be OK. Don't allow the ulcer to make a scar on your cornea otherwise it will most certainly impair your vision long-term. Find out whats causing the irratation!

Also, when you use the computer put plenty of artificial eye-drops and rest every 15-20 minutes.

Personally, I can't live without my computer and have to use it for my work and studies but when I had the ulcer I unplugged it and did not use it for several weeks until I got better.

Computer screens also cause eye strain which is not good if you have eye inflamation. With any kind of inflamation and irritation its best let your eyes rest and heal.

I hope you are better by now. Please write back, I've been through this and I know how terrible it is - not beeing able to see and that terrible persistent eye irritation...

Also, don't put too much corticosteroid as these drugs have many side effect, including glaucoma, a serious eye condition.

Genarally I DON'tT put cortocosteroids in my eye but sometimes my is so red and so irrtated nothing helps so they are good in emergencies but not for long-term use.

Regards,

Mark

PS I forgot, can you tell me exactly where the ulcer is located?

 
Old 05-24-2007, 07:14 AM   #9
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Re: Corneal Ulcer

My ulcer is peripheral and unfortunately has already left quite an extensive scar, so I am told. I am using steroids as these are what I have been given to use. I am aware there are side effects, but I am hoping that they do no more damage, it seem's to be a catch 22 situation.
You said your ulcer healed within 24hrs, did this leave no scarring? When did you say you had your ulcer? It sounds like you went through quite a rough patch and obviously it cost you a lot for medication, but you sound fairly positive.
I don't really spend that much time on the computer, as I am not working at the moment, but I will take breaks if I am using it. I have to actually, as my eyes get sore and tired.
Take Care

 
Old 05-24-2007, 07:31 AM   #10
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Re: Corneal Ulcer

My ulcer was 'deep' and 'big' - that's what the docs said and as I told you already I still have the scar but it was 'marginal' so my vision wasn't impaired.

I guess we are both lucky and I am sure you'll be perfectly fine.

I've read that if the ulcer is located in the centre of vision the situation things are more serious as the scar will blur the cornea and eventually impair your vision.

I have a question though: Is your vision blurred because of the medications or because of the ulcer itself?

Last edited by Mark Antony; 05-24-2007 at 07:33 AM.

 
Old 05-24-2007, 11:54 AM   #11
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Re: Corneal Ulcer

Your ulcer sounds the same as mine, I do have some vision problems though, I find reading more difficult now. I am not sure, but think the blurring is due to the ulcer, as I had the problem before the medication, however I have been on treatment now for 9 weeks, so not completely sure. I might be wrong, but thought I had read central ulcers are common and I think less of a problem, whilst peripheral are more complicated .
Salle

 
Old 06-02-2007, 12:31 AM   #12
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Re: Corneal Ulcer

Its been a week since my last post. Any better? Has the ulcer healed?

 
Old 06-02-2007, 02:26 PM   #13
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Yes I have had little problem, this week, so I think my ulcer is settling, thank you. Still on the drops, nothing to report.
How are you? Is your eye okay?.
Salle

 
Old 06-09-2007, 02:27 AM   #14
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Yes I have had little problem, this week, so I think my ulcer is settling, thank you. Still on the drops, nothing to report.
How are you? Is your eye okay?.
Salle
I had an ulcer in my eye memorial day weekend, and mine was so bad, I had to wear sunglasses all day because the light was too bright, and my eye was irritated. I had four eye doctor appointments in one week, and they don't know what caused my ulcer either, so I know what you are going through. I had to use two different eye drops and I still have to use them both once a day. I also have to go back in about a week. My eye had a lot of scarring but they think it mostly has gone away. But my pupils are two different sizes, were yours? I'm kind of worried because my pupils have always been the same size and if the medicine doesn't fix the size of the pupils it might be more serious.

 
Old 06-09-2007, 05:33 AM   #15
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Re: Corneal Ulcer

Hi Sorry to hear your are having these problems, ulcers are really painful and like you I had to wear sunglasses for hours on end, some days my eyes are still irritated by the light and if I put on the sun glasses I get some relief. It is about 3 weeks since I have seen my Specialist, so not sure how whether the scarring is still there, although I expect so, as I am still having problems.
Your question about pupil size was interesting, I have thought on occassions that my pupils were two different sizes, but then thought I had imagined it, so going to check for this.
Hope everthing goes well at your next appointment, mine is not until the 1st July. Will post up-date.
Salle

 
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