Contact Lenses and Fusarium Keratitis

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Do contact lenses cause fusarium keratitis?

Contact Lenses and Fusarium Keratitis

In April 2006, there was a rapid outbreak of the rare sight threatening infection known as fusarium keratitis. This outbreak caused widespread panic about the safety of wearing contact lenses when it was revealed that the majority of those with the infection were contact lens wearers. However, one particular contact lens solution was determined to be the cause of the infection. While the reasons the solution caused the infection are not yet known, those who wear contact lenses can be sure they are not at an increased risk for the infection. If you think you have an infection, or are showing signs of an infection from your contact lenses, consult your eye care professional for immediate treatment.



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