A partial-thickness epithelial defect increases the adherence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to the cornea.

Some patients with infectious keratitis have no clinically demonstrable corneal abrasion predisposing them to infection. Subtle, undetectable corneal injuries may facilitate bacterial adherence to the cornea, eventually leading to keratitis. To study this concept, we have developed a rabbit model in which a partial-thickness corneal epithelial defect was… (More)