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Contact lens keratitis

Alberto Antonelli, Eleonora Favuzza, Angelo Galano, Margherita Montalbano Di Filippo, Nunziata Ciccone, Federica Berrilli, Rita Mencucci, David Di Cave, Gian Maria Rossolini
Acanthamoeba ocular infections, known as Acanthamoeba keratitis, are an emerging problem among contact lens wearers. Infections mediated by Acanthamoeba are uncommon, but they can be underestimated due to poor awareness and delayed diagnosis. The routine use of rapid and cost-effective molecular methods like Real Time PCR for the diagnosis of this important pathogen could improve diagnosis and therapy outcome. This report describes the detection by Real Time PCR assay of six T4 and one T3 Acanthamoeba infections, as the first reported cases in Tuscany, Italy...
January 2018: New Microbiologica
Erika Orosz, Nóra Szentmáry, Huba J Kiss, Ágnes Farkas, István Kucsera, Zoltán Zsolt Nagy
Acanthamoeba has a worldwide distribution in the environment and it is capable of causing a painful sight-threatening disease of the cornea designated as Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK). Nowadays, the cases of AK have surged all over the world along with its disease burden due to increasing use of contact lenses used not only for optical correction but also for cosmetic purposes. In our present work, epithelial abrasion of a 27-year-old female soft contact lens wearer with keratitis was examined. Genotype identification was carried out with a real-time fluorescence resonance energy transfer polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay based on sequence analysis of the 18S rRNA gene...
February 23, 2018: Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica
Orapan Manajit, Siwaporn Longyant, Paisarn Sithigorngul, Parin Chaivisuthangkura
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is an important opportunistic pathogen that causes serious infections in humans, including keratitis in contact lens wearers. Therefore, establishing a rapid, specific and sensitive method for the identification of P. aeruginosa is imperative. In the present study, the uracil-DNA-glycosylase-supplemented loop-mediated isothermal amplification combined with nanogold labeled hybridization probe (UDG-LAMP-AuNP) was developed for the detection of P. aeruginosa. UDG-LAMP was performed to prevent carry over contamination and the LAMP reactions can be readily observed using the nanogold probe...
February 2, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Michael T B Nguyen, Vishakha Thakrar, Clara C Chan
OBJECTIVE: To describe indications and outcomes of patients fitted with the EyePrintPRO therapeutic scleral lens. METHODS: A database search of patients fitted with the EyePrintPRO from 2014 to 2016. Fourteen eyes of 10 patients were reviewed retrospectively. Patient demographics, medical and ocular history, indications for fitting, duration of wear, symptoms, and best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) were analyzed. RESULTS: Mean age at lens fitting was 49 years (range, 21-67 years)...
February 2018: Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Journal Canadien D'ophtalmologie
Napaporn Tananuvat, Atitaya Apivatthakakul, Chulaluck Tangmonkongvoragul
PURPOSE: To report iatrogenic complications and to review the potential complications caused by noncontact tonometry (NCT) in related literature. METHODS: This case report describes two cases of active recurrent herpes simplex keratitis (HSK) on top of a thin corneal scar. The cornea was perforated by the air pulse from the NCT, resulting in an air bubble in the anterior chamber. RESULTS: Both patients were diagnosed with active recurrent necrotizing stromal HSK on top of a thinned corneal scar after previous therapeutic treatment involving tissue adhesive glue with a bandage contact lens (BCL) to treat a perforated cornea...
February 7, 2018: International Ophthalmology
James McKelvie, Moaz Alshiakhi, Mohammed Ziaei, Dipika V Patel, Charles Nj McGhee
IMPORTANCE: Acanthamoeba is an increasingly prevalent cause of vision-threatening microbial keratitis. BACKGROUND: To assess the incidence, clinical presentation, diagnosis and outcomes of patients with Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) in Auckland, New Zealand over a 7-year period. DESIGN: Retrospective observational consecutive case series. PARTICIPANTS: Fifty-eight eyes of 52 patients diagnosed with AK. METHODS: All cases of AK were identified using a cross-referenced search of clinical, laboratory and pharmacy records from March 2009 to May 2016...
February 7, 2018: Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
Sotiria Palioura, Allister Gibbons, Darlene Miller, Terrence P OʼBrien, Eduardo C Alfonso, Oriel Spierer
PURPOSE: Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, an uncommon cause of infectious keratitis, is difficult to treat because of its resistance to multiple antibiotics. The purpose of this study is to describe the clinical features, antibiotic susceptibility profile, and outcomes of S. maltophilia keratitis. METHODS: A retrospective review of records from 1987 to 2016 identified 26 eyes of 26 patients who were treated at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute for an S. maltophilia corneal ulcer...
March 2018: Cornea
Hiroshi Eguchi, Fumika Hotta, Tomomi Kuwahara, Haruyuki Nakayama-Imaohji, Shunji Kusaka, Yoshikazu Shimomura
RATIONALE: Contact lens storage cases are known to be contaminated by a significant number of bacteria. However, histamine-producing Raoultella species has not been reported to contaminate contact lens storage case. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 27-year-old woman with keratoconjunctivitis that developed in the left eye owing to a cosmetic contact lens and poor hygiene was referred to our hospital. The corrected visual acuity was hand motion. DIAGNOSES: Corneal infection other than Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) and corneal hypoxia were excluded...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Chika Shigeyasu, Masakazu Yamada, Kotaro Aoki, Yoshikazu Ishii, Kazuhiro Tateda, Takashi Yaguchi, Yukinobu Okajima, Yuichi Hori
PURPOSE: To report a difficult-to-identify case of keratitis due to Fusarium solani, diagnosed with the help of exhaustive gene analysis. CASE: A 47-year-old woman attended our hospital with a refractory corneal ulcer associated with contact lens wear in her left eye that had appeared two weeks earlier. On her initial visit, slit lamp examination revealed a small double-ringed irregular hyphate ulcer in the center of the cornea, which had no epithelial defect, suggesting fungal infection...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Eric G Romanowski, Nicholas A Stella, Kathleen A Yates, Kimberly M Brothers, Regis P Kowalski, Robert M Q Shanks
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine whether a commercial formulation of hypochlorous acid hygiene solution (0.01%), Avenova, can destroy existing biofilms formed by ocular clinical bacterial isolates, including blepharitis isolates of Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative staphylococci, and a keratitis isolate of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. METHODS: Biofilms grown in bacterial growth media on disposable contact lens cases were challenged with hypochlorous acid hygiene solution...
January 15, 2018: Eye & Contact Lens
Henry D J Hogg, We Fong Siah, Arthur Okonkwo, Manjusha Narayanan, Francisco C Figueiredo
OBJECTIVES: Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is an opportunistic pathogen known to form biofilms on contact lens and case surfaces that may result in permanent visual loss in cases of microbial keratitis. Because of its multiple drug resistance and extremely low incidence, there is little consensus on treatment. We investigated the predisposing factors, management, and visual outcomes in a small case series of patients to better inform the management of this rarely reported keratitis. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of medical records was performed at a single tertiary referral center between 2011 and 2017...
January 22, 2018: Eye & Contact Lens
Sujaya Singh, Renu Agarwal, Zulhilmi Abdul Razak, Robin Ngu, Lwin L Nyein, Sushil Vasudevan, Marina Kapitonova, Azida Juana Kadir, Subrayan Visvaraja
PURPOSE: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the most common causative organism for contact lens-associated corneal ulcer and is commonly treated with fluoroquinolones. With the emergence of resistant strains, it is important to investigate alternative therapies. Despite well-established efficacy of tazocin against systemic Pseudomonas infections, its topical use for the treatment of Pseudomonas keratitis has not been described, hence this study was aimed to find the ocular permeation of Tazocin and its efficacy in treating keratitis in rabbit eyes...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Harald Gjerde, Anuradha Mishra
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January 15, 2018: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
Denise Leal Dos Santos, Sergio Kwitko, Diane Ruschel Marinho, Bruno Schneider de Araújo, Claudete Inês Locatelli, Marilise Brittes Rott
The increasing use of contact lenses worldwide has led to an increase in cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis, which are often associated with inappropriate cleaning of contact lenses and lens cases. This study aimed to retrospectively review 28 cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis in Porto Alegre (southern Brazil) and identify the risk factors and clinical outcomes of affected patients. Most patients had higher education (66.6%), all were users of contact lenses, mostly women (67.9%). Most patients were soft contact lens wearers (66...
January 14, 2018: Parasitology Research
Sook-Luan Ng, Anisah Nordin, Norzana Abd Ghafar, Yusof Suboh, Noraina Ab Rahim, Kien-Hui Chua
BACKGROUND: In recent years, the concern of Acanthamoeba keratitis has increased since the infection is often associated with contact lens use. Partial 18S rRNA genotypic identification of Acanthamoeba isolates is important to correlate with pathophysiological properties in order to evaluate the degree of virulence. This is the first report of genotypic identification for clinical isolates of Acanthamoeba from corneal scrapings of keratitis in Malaysia. This study is also the first to correlate the mRNA expression of MBP and AhLBP as virulent markers for axenic strains of Acanthamoeba...
December 28, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Reynalyn Mosuela, Shelan Mustafa, Simon Gould, Hany Hassanin, Raid G Alany, Amr ElShaer
There is an immense research interest to utilise contact lens (CLs) as a popular platform for ocular drug delivery. However, CLs are the major predisposing factors of bacterial keratitis which is commonly caused by adhesion of microbes such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus epidermidis. The aim of the current study is to explore the effect of surfactants; Poloxamer 188, Polysorbate 80 and Tetronic® 90R4 (at 0.25% - 3% v/v) on the characteristics of CLs and on the adhesion abilities of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to the lenses' surfaces...
December 13, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Wanda Baltaza, Marcin Padzik, Jacek P Szaflik, Monika Dybicz, Edyta Hendiger, Lidia Chomicz
Different Acanthamoeba species are amphizoic organisms distributed in wide range of habitats in natural and man-made environments; they are also detected on surfaces of equipment and accessories in health facilities. Some strains of the amoebae are causative agents of the vision-threatening human disease Acanthamoeba keratitis, mainly reported in contact lens wearers. An exceptional high resistance of Acanthamoeba trophozoites and particularly cysts to chemicals, disinfectants and drugs is believed as influencing difficulty resulting in unsuccessful therapeutic management...
2017: Annals of Parasitology
M M Juárez, L I Tártara, A G Cid, J P Real, J M Bermúdez, V B Rajal, S D Palma
Acanthamoeba spp. is a free living protozoan in the environment, but can cause serious diseases. Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), a severe and painful eye infection, must be treated as soon as possible to prevent ulceration of the cornea, loss of visual acuity, and eventually blindness or enucleation. Although the disease affects principally contact lens (CLs) wearers, it is recognized nowadays as a cause of keratitis also in non-CLs wearers. Although the number of infections caused by these amoebae is low, AK is an emerging disease presenting an extended number of cases each year worldwide mostly due to the increasing use of CLs, but also to better diagnostic methods and awareness...
December 19, 2017: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
Rute J Macedo-de-Araújo, Eef van der Worp, José M González-Méijome
PURPOSE: To report the on-eye breakage of a mini-scleral contact lens in a healthy cornea after being hit by a speeding object, without causing any severe corneal damage. CASE REPORT: A 24-year-old Caucasian male involved in a clinical study reported the in situ breakage of a mini-scleral contact lens during motorbike maintenance. The patient reported eye redness and irritation that significantly decreased after all the pieces of the lens were recovered from the eye...
December 13, 2017: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
Juan Cuadros, Juan Gros-Otero, Patricia Gallego-Angui, Ann Karolin Scheu, Ángeles Montes-Mollón, Cinta Pérez-Rico, Javier Paz Moreno, Peña Gómez-Herruz, Juan Soliveri, Miguel Teus
Keratitis produced by Aspergillus tamarii has been previously described associated to an ocular injury. We report a case in a contact lens wearer with a history of previous bilateral myopic LASIK ablation, bilateral intracorneal rings and vitrectomy and scleral buckling in his left eye. The fungus could be quickly identified combining phenotype, microscopy and mass spectrometry. Treatment with intravenous amphotericin, oral voriconazole, and topical amphotericin and natamycin and voriconazole was needed for corneal preservation...
March 2018: Medical Mycology Case Reports
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