Chapter 62 – Infectious Keratitis
STEPHEN D. McLEOD
• Corneal disease caused by bacterial, viral, fungal, or protozoal organisms.
• Cellular infiltration of the corneal epithelium or stroma, corneal inflammation, and necrosis.
• Lid edema.
• Conjunctival inflammation.
• Anterior chamber reaction.
Infectious keratitis is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. Because, in most cases, these infections represent preventable or treatable ophthalmic disease, a thorough understanding of the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the various forms of infectious keratitis is essential for eye care practitioners and public health officials.