What is Fungal Keratitis?
Fungal keratitis is a serious and painful disease of the cornea
caused by a fungal organism. Until now, fungal keratitis has rarely
been reported in the healthy contact lens wearing population. It
typically occurs after trauma associated with plant matter or in
immuno-compromised individuals. The higher incidence of fungal
keratitis among normal contact lens wearers is a new finding.
If medication does not work and the eye is damaged, surgery may be
necessary to remove fungal ulcers/lesions. Symptoms of fungal keratitis
include eye pain, eye discomfort, decrease in vision and light
Last year, clusters of fungal keratitis were reported by
contact-lens users in Asia, and recently Bausch & Lomb voluntarily
suspended sales of ReNu solutions in Hong Kong and Singapore after
reports of infections among users there. The product sold there was
made at the South Carolina plant.