Thursday, March 22, 2012

Birmingham Corneal Specialists & Infections

“As Birmingham Corneal Specialists we get to see a lot of patients referred by other eye doctors for all types of corneal infections and Keratitis,” remarked Marc Michelson, M.D., Medical Director of Alabama Eye & Cataract Center. “We take any corneal infection as a serious matter,” said Dr. Michelson. “What patients need to know is that under normal healthy circumstances the cornea is pretty resistant to infection. However, if the outermost layer-called the corneal epithelium is damaged, it opens a path to penetration by bacteria, viruses and fungi. Even a simple poke in the eye from a branch or a finger, a tiny piece of metal or even from a dirty or damaged contact lens can allow a corneal infection to occur,” said Dr. Michelson.

The typical signs and symptoms of s corneal infection or Keratitis may include redness, pain, sensitivity to light, eye watering and possibly the appearance of a white spot might be visible where the infection is originating from. If not diagnosed and treated quickly corneal infections can cause erosion, corneal ulceration, scarring that can impair vision and even necessitate a corneal transplant. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs or symptoms-especially if they have had any trauma to their eyes-please call Alabama Eye & Cataract Center at 205-930-0930 and request an immediate appointment with Corneal Specialists Marc Michelson, M.D. or Tyler Hall, M.D.