guider AC, Fuchs AI, Odell DJ. Remove your lenses when your eyes are irritated and leave them out until your eyes feel better or seek medical care. Pain medicines: You may be given prescription medicine to take away or decrease pain. Your symptoms do not improve with treatment. Sometimes more invasive treatment is required, including a keratotomy, which involves cutting or piercing the cornea to promote attachment of new epithelium. Erosion of a few layers of the epithelium is called a corneal erosion or corneal abrasion. If the exact cause is not known, you may be given antibiotic drops that work against many kinds of bacteria. A primarily affects middle-aged females. Keenan J, McLeod BSD. The infection produces enzymes that break down the corneal stoma.
Rarely does this virus spread to other parts of the body, but this can occur if you touch an infected area and then touch your eye. Similarly, tiny particles of dirt trapped underneath the contact lens can scratch the cornea. Chemical burns or other caustic damaging solution splashes can injure the cornea. Similarly, tiny particles of dirt or make-up trapped underneath the contact lens can scratch the cornea. Rose-Bengal dye is also used for supra-vital staining purposes, but it may be very irritating to the eyes. If the person wears contact lenses, take them out.