Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Urgent Care


Elyse Watkins



Purpose: The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of corneal ulcerations, including physical examination techniques, guidelines for diagnostic testing, and management that would be appropriate in an urgent care setting.

Method: A PubMed literature search was conducted with the search terms corneal ulceration, fungal, amoebic, herpetic, and bacteria. Twenty significant articles were reviewed and will serve as the basis of the clinical review.

Results: Quick detection and correct treatment are imperative to manage corneal ulcerations properly in an urgent care setting.

Conclusion: Corneal ulcerations are a medical emergency and require proper treatment and ophthalmological referral to help preserve vision.

Keywords: corneal ulceration, ophthalmologic emergency, fungal, amoebic, herpetic, bacteria


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