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Tuesday, 14 April 2009 22:59

 

What is Bacterial Keratitis? What is the treatment for Bacterial Keratitis?

 

A bacterial keratitis is the inflammation and infection of the cornea caused by bacteria. These are very serious infections that can lead to blindness if not treated quickly and appropriated. There are multiple bacteria that can cause a bacteria keratitis. The most common bacteria are pseudomonas, strephtococcus, moraxella, and staphylococcus.

 

Corneal infections are uncommon. However, they can be devastating for one’s vision. Typically, there are factors that increase the likelihood of having a bacteria keratitis. These include but are not limited to: contact lenses, eye trauma, HIV or AIDS, surgery or ocular surface diseases. Sleeping in contact lenses can often result in a bacteria keratitis also known as a corneal ulcer.

 

One will experience severe eye pain, sensitivity to light, discharge, and eyelid swelling. Often one can see a little white spot in the cornea.

 

Eye doctors will often take a tissue sample and culture the sample if a severe bacteria keratitis is present. The will always start antibiotic treatment typically with strong antibiotics or specially formulated antibiotics (fortified.) One will use these drops frequently, often every 30 minutes. It is very important to aggressively treat bacteria keratitis because it can lead to a permanent loss of vision.

 

Treatment

Topical antibiotics

Fortified antibiotics

Dilation

Surgery if advance scaring occurs (corneal transplant)

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 January 2013 22:49
 

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