Corneal bacterial infections: A practical approach

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Abstract

Because of their potential to permanently impair vision or perforate the eye, bacterial corneal ulcers are an ophthalmologic emergency. They usually follow an insult (sometimes minor) in the corneal epithelium that provides an entry for bacteria. The increased use of soft contact lenses in recent years has led to an important rise in the occurrence of bacterial ulcers (especially aggressive Gram- bacteria). The goal of this course is to present a practical, systematic approach of the management of bacterial corneal ulcers, as well as an update on new concepts in the diagnosis and treatment of those conditions.

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