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Epidemic keratoconjunctivitis is a highly contagious disease whose transmission has been linked to the ophthalmologist's office. The authors studied the ability of adenovirus 19 (ADV 19) to survive on surfaces commonly found in the office setting. An initial in vitro laboratory experiment demonstrated that ADV 19 in a desiccated state could be recovered up… (More)
Thirteen patients with ocular surface failure were treated by keratoepithelioplasty using allografts of corneal limbal epithelial cells from donor eyes. The ocular surface was stabilized with long-term healing of persistent epithelial defects in five of eight eyes followed up for 4 to 19 months. The procedure was performed on an additional 5 patients with… (More)
Acanthamoebic keratitis, a potentially devastating infection usually associated with contact lens wear, has been recognized with increasing frequency in recent years. Once the Acanthamoeba organisms gain access to the human cornea, it is not clear which constituents of the corneal milieu provide a substrate for their growth. The growth of Acanthamoeba… (More)
A 9-year-old boy had iridocyclitis and papillitis. Laboratory evaluation revealed a positive Lyme titer. Institution of therapy with intravenous ceftriaxone resulted in regression of the ocular inflammation. Ophthalmologists should consider Lyme disease in the differential diagnosis of iridocyclitis in conjunction with papillitis.
Acanthamoeba may cause a severe keratitis in contact lens wearers. Since most sterilization techniques require rinsing the lenses prior to insertion, contaminated solutions represent a potential vector for transmission of Acanthamoeba. The ability of rinse solutions to sustain an inoculum of Acanthamoeba polyphaga was investigated. A. polyphaga was exposed… (More)