A UCSF study has given hope to those suffering from severe cases of bacterial corneal ulcers that can result in blindness, if left untreated.

During the study, the use of topical corticosteroids in a randomized controlled trial was found to be neither beneficial nor harmful in the overall patient population.

“It’s important to note that in the worst ulcer group, not only do we not find a safety problem, we actually found that steroids resulted in a benefit in vision,” Acharya said.

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