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Experience:  Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
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Hi there - I have had an eye ulcer for almost three weeks now

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Hi there - I have had an eye ulcer for almost three weeks now and it is still extremely painful and I cannot reach up or bend down without it hurting. My doctor gave me antibiotic eyedrops and my optician gave me steroid eyedrops. Could you suggest anything else please as I am really fed up with it.

Thank you, Christine
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Customer:

Thank you very much

Customer:

Do hope you can help :o)

Dr. Rick :

Well, the antibiotic eye drops, of course, treat some possible organisms that my be causing a bacterial infection. The steroids would make the same bacterial infection much worse -- they are indicated for ulcers due to inflammation. If your ulcer was from a virus, such as herpes for example, using the steroid would be like putting gasoline one a fire -- not recommended.

Customer:

It certainly doesn't seem to have helped.

Dr. Rick :

Has anyone tried to figure out what was actually causing your ulcer before throwing drops at it?

Customer:

They just presumed that I am run down and it has developed from this. The fact that I have dry eye and arthritis were mentioned.

Dr. Rick :

Have you seen an ophthalmologist or just an optician and a GP?

Customer:

Just an optician and GP.

Dr. Rick :

They could be inciting factors, but at this point it is way past time that they figure out what is causing it....what they have done so is just muck up the picture. I don't do heart attacks and GPs shouldn't do eyes :)

Dr. Rick :

I would suggest you get in to see an ophthalmologist ASAP. An corneal ulcer that has been going on this long can end up causing permanent vision loss....

Dr. Rick :

Does this make sense to you?

Customer:

Yes, it all makes sense, thank you.

Dr. Rick :

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Dr. Rick :

I know it can be hard to get in to see a specialist in the UK, but see if you can get in today if at all possible....

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Dr. Rick :

It's mid afternoon on your side of the pond right now, correct?

Customer:

Unfortunately I live in the Shetland Islands but I will enquire if we have an opthalmologist. Yes, it's 16.33

Dr. Rick :

I think I have searched for an eye MD on your island before and found one......just use google. Do you want me to check for you?

Customer:

Yes please

Dr. Rick :

ok be right back.

Customer:

Thank you

Dr. Rick :

You know, none are coming up on a Google search or with the American Academy of Ophthalmology UK search. I guess the easiest way to find the closest ophthalmologist would be to ask your optician. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

Customer:

I can do that, thank you. Thank you for your help.

Dr. Rick :

I'd love to come to you Island and take care of you for the price of the airfare....but I'm afraid that would be a little pricey. lol

Customer:

It's astronomical. I could come over to the States for less than you could fly here from the UK mainland!

Dr. Rick :

Don't you just love the way the airlines figure out their fares? I wish you the best of luck and, please, let me know if I can do anything else to help you.

Dr. Rick :

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Customer:

I will ring my optician now. Many thanks for your help.

Dr. Rick :

I'm in Northern Wisconsin USA,.....

Customer:

A long way from here!

Dr. Rick :

truth.

Customer:

Lol

Dr. Rick :

good luck and godspeed.

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Experience: Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
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