Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

SYMPOSIUM
Year
: 2008  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 203--207

Distinguishing infective versus noninfective keratitis


M Srinivasan, Jeena Mascarenhas, CN Prashanth 
 Department of Cornea and External Eye Diseases, Aravind Eye Hospitals, Madurai - 625 020, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
C N Prashanth
Department of Cornea and External Eye Diseases, Aravind Eye Hospitals, Madurai - 625 020, Tamil Nadu
India

For the purpose of this symposium, the term «DQ»keratitis«DQ» implies suppurative nonviral and viral keratitis. Corneal ulcers have been described in ancient literature. But even today, despite the availability of a wide range of newer antimicrobials and new diagnostic techniques, infective keratitis continues to pose a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. This article focuses on the key diagnostic clinical features of the most common organisms causing infective keratitis - bacteria, fungi, viruses, nocardia and acanthamoeba - in India. While the clinical features in some cases are fairly straightforward, most cases challenge the clinician. We describe the salient clinical features which can help arrive at a diagnosis to begin appropriate treatment immediately, prior to the laboratory report.


How to cite this article:
Srinivasan M, Mascarenhas J, Prashanth C N. Distinguishing infective versus noninfective keratitis.Indian J Ophthalmol 2008;56:203-207


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Srinivasan M, Mascarenhas J, Prashanth C N. Distinguishing infective versus noninfective keratitis. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2008 [cited 2020 Aug 8 ];56:203-207
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