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You’re at risk of a corneal ulcer if you:

  • Wear contact lenses, especially if you sleep in your contacts.
  • Have or have had shinglescold sores or chickenpox.
  • Have dry eyes.
  • Have eyelids that don’t close all the way.
  • Use steroid eye drops.
  • Have an injury or burn on your cornea.
  • Have diabetes.
  • Have had prior eye surgery.
  • Have other eye diseases.


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