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Keratitis refers to an inflammation of the cornea. Infection of the cornea is called infectious keratitis. It is the most serious complication of contact lens wear and can cause blindness.
Bacterial keratitis is the most common type of infectious keratitis. Overall, bacterial keratitis is among the least frequent complications of wearing contacts. But it is much more common in people who wear the lenses overnight.
Even though some of these lenses are approved for 30-day use, many eye doctors recommend that people wear them for a week at most.
In rare cases, viruses and fungi may cause keratitis. A germ that is often present in tap water causes a form of keratitis that is increasingly seen in contact lens wearers, especially those with soft lenses.
Noninfectious causes of keratitis in contact lens wearers include:
If you wear contact lenses and you have a painful, red eye, you may have infectious keratitis. Remove your lenses, and call your doctor immediately. You'll need antibiotic eyedrops to help treat the infection. Symptoms of bacterial keratitis may include:
Current as ofJuly 17, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family MedicineAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineChristopher Joseph Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
Current as of: July 17, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Christopher Joseph Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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