Contact lens associated microbial keratitis: practical considerations for the optometrist

Clin Optom (Auckl). 2016 Jan 29;8:1-12. doi: 10.2147/OPTO.S66424. eCollection 2016.


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: Acanthamoeba; Fusarium; Pseudomonas; bacterial keratitis; corneal ulcer; fungal keratitis.

Publication types

  • Review