Corneal Infections

Ophthalmic Partners offers treatment for corneal infections for patients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the surrounding communities.


A corneal infection is an infection in the eye’s cornea, which is the dome-shaped, clear surface that covers the very front of the eye. Eyelids, eyelashes, tears, and mucous membranes provide barriers against corneal infection, as do the epithelial cells that line the surface of the cornea. Any of these protective barriers, however, may be broken by stimuli such as foreign objects, trauma, dirty contact lenses, allergies, illnesses or inflammatory disorders. When these protective barriers are breached, germs can then pass directly into the cornea, resulting in a corneal infection.


Corneal infections can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi and these infections may reduce visual clarity. Beyond the immediate redness, blurred vision and discharge, these infections can lead to long term consequences, such as corneal scarring and impaired vision.

  • Common symptoms of a corneal infection may include:
  • Pain in the eye
  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Watery eyes
  • Itching
  • Discharge
  • Light sensitivity
  • Impaired vision
  • A white patch on the cornea

Corneal infections are the most serious complication of contact lens wear.


If you experience the above signs and symptoms, or suspect you have a cornea infection, see your eye doctor as soon as possible. Early treatment is vital to prevent vision loss, corneal scars and potential loss of your eye.
The treatment depends on the cause of the infection. For minor bacterial infections, anti-bacterial drops are usually sufficient. For more severe infections, patients can use specially formulated and fortified antibiotic, antifungal, or steroid drops. Treatment should begin immediately, and depending on the severity of the infections, drops are sometimes given hourly round the clock. Frequent visits to the eye doctor are necessary to ensure the infection is responding to the treatment regimen used.

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Early detection of eye disease is the best defense against vision loss, particularly for individuals over the age of 40. Should you experience any vision problems that could be an indicator of an eye disorder, contact one of our offices in Philadelphia, PA, Bala Cynwyd, PA, Media, PA, or Marlton, NJ, as soon as possible to book an assessment.

The eye doctors and surgeons at Ophthalmic Partners have the necessary expertise and experience to diagnose, manage, and treat complex eye disorders and diseases. Visit us today to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear.