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Keratitis is an inflammation of the eye, located in the cornea. It appears as significant pain, reddening of the conjunctiva, which is the white portion of the eye, sensitivity to light, a watery eye, and sometimes a decrease in visual acuity. The diagnosis can be made after administering colored eye drops which highlight a corneal injury. Keratitis may be due to various causes: it can be related to a virus, types of adenovirus most frequently, or herpes, a traumatic lesion, elevated or prolonged exposure to the sun, but also in connection with the evolution of some generalized diseases. Treatment depends on the cause.