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Corneal Ulcer (cont.)

Prevention

Seek medical attention from your ophthalmologist immediately for any eye symptoms. Even seemingly minor injuries to your cornea can lead to an ulcer and have devastating consequences, including blindness or loss of the eye.

  • Wear eye protection when exposed to small particles that can enter your eye.
  • If you have dry eyes or if your eyelids do not close completely, use artificial teardrops to keep your eyes lubricated.
  • If you wear contact lenses, be extremely careful about the way you clean and wear your lenses.
  • Always wash your hands before handling the lenses. Never use saliva to lubricate your lenses because your mouth contains bacteria that can harm your cornea.
  • Remove your lenses from your eyes every evening and carefully clean them. Never use tap water to clean the lenses.
  • Never sleep with your contact lenses in your eyes.
  • Store the lenses in disinfecting solutions overnight.
  • Remove your lenses whenever your eyes are irritated and leave them out until your eyes feel better.
  • Regularly clean your contact lens case.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/28/2014

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