Keratitis is difficult to diagnose yourself. Redness and excessive watery discharge could be an indication of cornea infection. If you have excessive infection, the cornea, which is usually clear, can take on a grayish color. There could also be patches of white which is where the infection is found.
As the symptoms are similar to a number of different eye conditions, it is important to get the correct diagnosis. Book an appointment with your doctor as soon as symptoms present themselves.
When you visit your doctor, he or she will use a specialized instrument to examine your cornea. They will try to establish the depth and severity of the keratitis. Occasionally a swab sample will be taken to send for analysis. This will be to determine the organism causing infection.
The length of time to heal varies from individual to individual. How deep the infection is and the underlying cause also impact recovery time.
Minor infections, like those caused by an injury, will usually be treated with anti-bacterial eye drops. Viral or bacterial keratitis will require antibiotics or antiviral medication. Steroid drops may also be prescribed for the inflammation. These infections heal reasonably quickly. The initial pain should cease after a day or two and the infection will clear up after two to three days.
However, in some cases, multiple treatments may be required over the course of a few weeks. Be sure to keep your repeat appointments.
If the corneal infection has penetrated further into the eye, scarring may occur. If this happens it can lead to loss of sight or permanent blindness.
No matter the cause, treatment will be required. See your eye specialist as soon as possible to avoid lasting damage to your vision.