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Pseudomonas corneal ulcer related to overnight orthokeratology

Lau, L.-I.; Wu, C.-C.; Lee, S.-M.; Hsu, W.-M.

Cornea 22(3): 262-264


ISSN/ISBN: 0277-3740
PMID: 12658096
DOI: 10.1097/00003226-200304000-00017
Accession: 050060473

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To report two cases of Pseudomonas aeruginosa corneal ulcers as a complication of overnight orthokeratology lens wear. Case report. Two 11-year-old girls with acute central corneal ulcers were referred to our hospital. In both cases, the ulcers were about 2 mm in diameter, located centrally, contained dense cellular infiltration, and discharged purulent material. Intensive topical ceftazidime was applied to treat the ulcers. Cultures of the scraped corneal tissues and the contact lens storage solutions in both cases grew P. aeruginosa, which was sensitive to the antibiotic. The presenting best-corrected visual acuity was hand motion at 20 cm in one patient and 6/20 in the other. Both patients had received several months of overnight orthokeratology treatment with rigid gas permeable contact lenses to correct myopia (-4.25 D and -4.75 D in the two affected eyes). The final best-corrected visual acuity was 6/60 in one patient and 6/7.5 in the other. Overnight orthokeratology contact lens wear carries a potential risk of corneal ulcer and may cause significant visual impairment in children.

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