Corneal Ulcer (cont.)
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A corneal ulcer is a true emergency. Without treatment, the ulcer can spread to the rest of your eyeball, and you can become partially or completely blind in a very short period of time. Your cornea may also perforate, or you could develop scarring, cataracts, or glaucoma.
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This type of corneal ulcer is usually associated with a connective tissue disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Sjögren syndrome, Mooren ulcer, or a systemic vasculitic disorder (eg, systemic lupus erythematosus [SLE], Wegener granulomatosis, polyarteritis nodosa).