Fungal infection of the eye (ocular mycosis)

Armstrong, Richard (2013). Fungal infection of the eye (ocular mycosis). Microbiologist, 14 , pp. 9-13.

Abstract

Although not as important as bacteria or viruses as a cause of eye infection, a large number of fungal species have now been recorded in association with the eye. In addition, several species have been implicated as a cause of eye infection (‘ocular mycosis’) and some may even cause life-threatening conditions. Ocular mycoses are being reported more frequently as a consequence of new medical practice and the increased numbers of immuno-compromised patients in the population, e.g., patients receiving radiation treatment or chemotherapy. This article describes the most common conditions caused by fungi which can affect the different structures of the eye, the importance of fungal contamination of materials as a source of eye infection, and the methods available for treatment.

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