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What is keratitis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Keratitis refers to a group of conditions in which cornea, or the outermost layer of the eye, becomes irritated and inflamed. It can be caused by several factors, including viral and bacterial infections, scratches caused by contact lenses or other particles, or excessive dryness in the eyes. While there are several types of keratitis, they all share common symptoms like eye pain, sensitivity, and the risk of vision loss. In the worst cases, infection spreads, and the affected eye must be removed.

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