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Contact lens associated microbial keratitis: practical considerations for the optometrist

Authors Zimmerman A, Nixon A, Rueff E

Received 25 June 2015

Accepted for publication 30 October 2015

Published 29 January 2016 Volume 2016:8 Pages 1—12

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTO.S66424

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Editor who approved publication: Mr Simon Berry


Aaron B Zimmerman, Alex D Nixon, Erin M Rueff

College of Optometry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Abstract: Microbial keratitis (MK) is a corneal condition that encompasses several different pathogens and etiologies. While contact lens associated MK is most often associated with bacterial infections, other pathogens (fungi, Acanthamoeba species, etc) may be responsible. This review summarizes the risk factors, microbiology, diagnostic characteristics, and treatment options for all forms of contact lens-related MK.

Keywords: corneal ulcer, fungal keratitis, bacterial keratitis, Acanthamoeba, Fusarium, Pseudomonas

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