Bacterial Keratitis


Bacterial keratitis is an infection of the cornea (the protective outer layer of the eye) caused by bacteria. It often occurs in people who use extended-wear contact lenses. If it’s not treated quickly, the infection can cause blindness – sometimes within just a day or two.


Symptoms of bacterial keratitis may include:

  • Pain
  • Difficulty seeing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Discharge leaking from the eyes

If you have any of these symptoms, call your eye doctor immediately.

Services & Treatment

Bacterial keratitis is treated with frequent doses of antibiotic eye drops, which your doctor will prescribe. You may need to check in with your doctor during the course of treatment. If the infection is severe, your ophthalmologist may also apply a topical steroid to your eye.

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  • Our ophthalmologists are on call 24/7, so if you have an eye emergency, we’re there to help.  
  • We offer hundreds of specialists under one roof. If your doctor notices another health issue during your exam, like symptoms of diabetes, he or she can get you an appointment with another Aurora specialist right away. 
  • Our clinics, hospitals and surgery centers provide care for a whole spectrum of eye issues.

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