Bacterial Keratitis

Learn More About Bacterial Keratitis Care at Aurora

What is Bacterial Keratitis?

Keratitis is an infection of the cornea. Bacterial keratitis is a corneal infection caused by bacteria. It’s a serious infection that can progress rapidly and threaten vision – sometimes within a day or two. Immediate diagnosis and treatment is very important to avoid vision loss and blindness.

Because many cases of bacterial keratitis are caused by extended-wear contact lens use, it’s important for contact lens wearers to take precautions to avoid infection and to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the infection so they can be treated as soon as symptoms begin.

The most common symptoms of bacterial keratitis are pain, reduced vision, eye discharge and sensitivity to light. If you have any of these symptoms, call an eye doctor immediately.

How is Bacterial Keratitis Treated?

Once an Aurora Health Care ophthalmologist has diagnosed you with bacterial keratosis, he or she will prescribe treatment with antibiotic drops. You likely will have to reapply those drops frequently, and you may have to visit your doctor multiple times during the course of treatment. Depending on the severity of your infection, your ophthalmologist may also apply a topical steroid to your eye.

Remember that bacterial keratitis can cause blindness very quickly. If you have any signs of infection, we recommend calling an Aurora ophthalmologist immediately.

Why Choose Aurora Health Care For Your Eye Care Needs?

When it comes to caring for your eyes and vision, you want the best. And at Aurora, our ophthalmologists in Wisconsin and northern Illinois are dedicated to providing the best, most advanced eye care and treatments available today.

Because Aurora eye care experts work within the entire Aurora Health Care system, they can offer you so much more than simple vision care. At Aurora, you’ll get:

  • Expert care at any hour of the day – At Aurora, we have board-certified ophthalmologists on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for you if you have an eye emergency – even if it’s at 3 a.m.
  • Care focused on you – Every one of our ophthalmologists believes that involving patients in the decisions that affect them, making them a part of their health care team, and making sure they understand their condition and treatment options is the best way to deliver outstanding care. At Aurora, you can expect us to focus on you, delivering the best possible care for you.
  • Immediate access to referrals – Aurora Health Care offers hundreds of specialists under one roof, as part of one integrated health care team. Some eye conditions are signs of other conditions, such as diabetes, vascular disease and neurological issues. If your ophthalmologist sees evidence of other disease during your eye exam, he or she can make a referral to another specialist and get you an appointment right away.
  • Convenient care in multiple locations – Aurora has eye care specialists in a variety of locations across eastern Wisconsin. We have clinics, hospitals and surgery centers that offer the entire spectrum of eye care.
  • Care for infants through senior citizens – At Aurora, we have eye care ophthalmologists who specialize in eye care for both adults and children. Our pediatric ophthalmologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat eye conditions in children.
  • Innovation – You can expect innovative treatments using the latest advancements in technology, including:

How Do I Schedule a Consultation With an Ophthalmologist?

To schedule a consultation or appointment with an ophthalmologist at Aurora, call one of our ophthalmology offices directly. View the list of Aurora ophthalmologists.