Keratitis is the medical term for inflammation of the cornea. The cornea is the dome-shaped window in the front of the eye. When looking at a person's eye, one can see the iris and pupil through the normally clear cornea. The cornea bends light rays as a result of its curved shape and accounts for approximately two-thirds of the eye's total optical power, with the lens of the eye contributing the remaining one-third. Only the very thin tear film lies between the front of the cornea and our environment. There are many possible causes for developing Keratitis, various types of infections, dry eyes, injury, and a large variety of underlying medical diseases. Some cases of keratitis result from unknown factors.
Some symptoms of Keratitis that patients may experience are:
- Eye redness
- Blurry vision
- Light sensitivity
It is important to always consult with an ophthalmologist if you feel you are experiencing the symptoms of Keratitis and avoid over the counter medication. Treatments vary depending on the type, severity and cause of Keratitis. Treatment is usually carried out by an ophthalmologist and can involve prescription eye medications, systemic medication, or even intravenous therapy.