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TREATMENT OF CONTACT LENS RELATED CONDITIONS

TREATMENT OF CONTACT LENS RELATED CONDITIONS

Keratitis

The treatment for keratitis will depend on the type of disease that is present: either noninfectious keratitis or infectious keratitis. In most cases, keratitis can be treated at home, but in severe cases where systemic antibiotics must be given, hospitalization may be needed.

If there is no bacteria present in the eye, treatment could include wearing a patch over the affected eye. In the case of keratitis from an overuse of contact lenses, discontinuing the contacts for a time is recommended. Eye drops may also be given.

If there is any foreign material present in the eye, it must be removed. In many cases, treatment for infectious keratitis involves antibacterial, antifungal, or antiviral eye drops. In some cases of bacterial keratitis, oral medications such as antibiotics may be prescribed in addition to antibacterial eye drops.

If there is a fungal infection present, antifungal eye drops are used, sometimes in conjunction with an antifungal medication. Keratitis caused by a virus is often treated with antiviral eye drops or medications.