Conjunctivitis, Scleritis & Keratitis
Conjunctivitis and scleritis are both diseases that cause inflammation of the sclera, while keratitis causes inflammation of the cornea. The inflammation can be caused by multiple factors, such as infections and allergies, to contact lenses and eye drops, the effects of these diseases can cause severe vision loss and may even result in a need for surgery.
Herpes & Shingles in the Eye
Herpes zoster, more commonly known as “Shingles,” is a viral disease which is characterized by a painful skin rash resulting in severe blisters and scabbing. When Shingles attack the nerves surrounding the eye, it can result in a wide range of complications and degenerative eye conditions, including corneal ulcers, glaucoma, and even blindness. Cases of zoster in the eye should be treated early and aggressively. Ask the doctors at Newsom Eye if you may be at risk.
Most eye infections affecting the cornea can be easily detected and remedied. But it is important to call Newsom Eye and schedule your routine eye exam today. Our staff will thoroughly check your eyes for possible corneal diseases and infections.
Corneal Abrasions & Erosions
Corneal abrasions and erosion occur when a portion of the surface layer of the cornea is lost. Damage to this surface layer, including from a finger or contact lens, can cause pain, watery eyes, squinting, and the sensation of a foreign body in the eye. The doctors at Newsom Eye have experience treating any damage caused by corneal abrasions or erosion.
Also known as ulcerative keratitis or “eyesores”, corneal ulcers are very painful infections which attack the epithelial layer of the eye. If the ulcers are not treated in time, they can rapidly progress to corneal perforation which can result in blindness. At Newsom Eye, we take your corneal health seriously. Contact us for an exam today.