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Keratitis

What is keratitis?

Keratitis is an inflammation or infection of the cornea of the eye. The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. Keratitis is a medical emergency because extensive involvement may lead to blindness.

What causes keratitis?

There are many different causes of keratitis. The following are some of the more common causes:

What are the symptoms of keratitis?

The following are the most common symptoms of keratitis. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

The symptoms of keratitis may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.

How is keratitis diagnosed?

Keratitis is usually diagnosed based on a complete medical history and physical examination of your child. Cultures of the eye drainage are usually not required, but may be done to confirm the cause of the infection.

Treatment for keratitis:

Specific treatment for keratitis will be determined by your child's physician based on:

Your child may be referred to an ophthalmologist (eye care specialist) for treatment of this problem.

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