Foreign bodies embedded in the palpebral conjunctiva or the nictitating membrane can cause persistent irritation and ulceration. To make the ulcer easier to see, he or she will put a drop containing the dye fluoresce in into your eye. In spite of this treatment, the erosion or ulceration can sometimes continue or worsen. J Coll Physicians burg Pam. 2005 Se. 159:576-7. Never use saliva to lubricate your lenses because your mouth contains bacteria that can harm your cornea. The course of treatment will depend on whether the ulcer is sterile or infectious. Underlying conditions like dry eye, and infection or disease must be resolved or treated along with the corneal injury to prevent recurrence of the ulcer. Causes of corneal ulcers include: Viral infections, including herpes Foster that causes shingles Eye injuries and small scratches on the eye's surface. Use eye drops: This will keep your eyes moist and help decrease pain.
Much of the pain associated with corneal ulceration is due to the secondary uveitis and meiosis, and effective relief can often be gained with topical atropine1%, leading to mydriasis. O'Donnell C, Enron N. Ulcers can be sterile meaning “not infected” by any bacteria or they can be infectious.