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An eye with non-ulcerative sterile keratitis.
Classification and external resources
Specialty Ophthalmology
ICD-10 H16
ICD-9-CM 370
DiseasesDB 7150
MeSH D007634

Keratitis is a condition in which the eye's cornea, the front part of the eye, becomes inflamed. The condition is often marked by moderate to intense pain and usually involves any of the following symptoms: pain, impaired eyesight, photophobia, red eye and a 'gritty' sensation.[1]


  • Classification (by chronicity) 1
    • Acute 1.1
    • Chronic 1.2
  • Classification (infective) 2
    • Viral 2.1
    • Bacterial 2.2
    • Fungal 2.3
    • Amoebic 2.4
    • Parasitic 2.5
  • Classification (by stage of disease) 3
  • Classification (by environmental aetiology) 4
  • Forms of Keratitis in non-humans 5
  • Treatment 6
  • Prognosis 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Classification (by chronicity)



Classification (infective)



  • Bacterial keratitis. Bacterial infection of the cornea can follow from an injury or from wearing contact lenses. The bacteria involved are Staphylococcus aureus and for contact lens wearers, Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Pseudomonas aeruginosa contains enzymes that can digest the cornea.[2]



Acanthamoeba keratitis
  • Amoebic infection of the cornea is a serious corneal infection, often affecting contact lens wearers.[3][4] It is usually caused by Acanthamoeba. On May 25, 2007, the CDC issued a health advisory due to increased risk of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) associated with use of Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) Complete Moisture Plus Multi-Purpose eye solution.[5]


Classification (by stage of disease)

Classification (by environmental aetiology)

Forms of Keratitis in non-humans

  • Feline eosinophilic keratitis — affecting cats and horses; possibly initiated by feline herpesvirus 1 or other viral infection.[7]


Treatment depends on the cause of the keratitis. Infectious keratitis can progress rapidly, and generally requires urgent antibacterial, antifungal, or antiviral therapy to eliminate the pathogen. Antibacterial solutions include levofloxacin, gatifloxacin, moxifloxacin, ofloxacin. It is unclear if steroid eye drops are useful or not.[8]

In addition, contact lens wearers are typically advised to discontinue contact lens wear and replace contaminated contact lenses and contact lens cases. (Contaminated lenses and cases should not be discarded as cultures from these can be used to identify the pathogen).

Aciclovir is the mainstay of treatment for HSV keratitis and steroids should be avoided at all costs in this condition. Application of steroids to a dendritic ulcer caused by HSV will result in rapid and significant worsening of the ulcer to form an 'amoeboid' or 'geographic' ulcer, so named because of the ulcer's map like shape.


Some infections may scar the cornea to limit vision. Others may result in perforation of the cornea, (an infection inside the eye), or even loss of the eye. With proper medical attention, infections can usually be successfully treated without long-term visual loss.

See also


  1. ^ Keratitis
  2. ^ Tang A, Marquart ME, Fratkin JD, McCormick CC, Caballero AR, Gatlin HP, O'Callaghan RJ (2009). "Properties of PASP: A Pseudomonas Protease Capable of Mediating Corneal Erosions". Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 50 (8): 3794–801.  
  3. ^ Lorenzo-Morales, Jacob; Khan, Naveed A.; Walochnik, Julia (2015). keratitis: diagnosis, pathogenesis and treatment"Acanthamoeba"An update on . Parasite 22: 10.  
  4. ^ Martín-Navarro, M.; Lorenzo-Morales, J.; Cabrera-Serra, G.; Rancel, F.; Coronado-Alvarez, M.; Piñero, E.; Valladares, B. (Nov 2008). "The potential pathogenicity of chlorhexidine-sensitive Acanthamoeba strains isolated from contact lens cases from asymptomatic individuals in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain". Journal of medical microbiology 57 (Pt 11): 1399–1404.  
  5. ^ CDC Advisory
  6. ^ "What is onchocerciasis?". CDC. Retrieved 2010-06-28. transmission is most intense in remote African rural agricultural villages, located near rapidly flowing streams...(WHO) expert committee on onchocerciasis estimates the global prevalence is 17.7 million, of whom about 270,000 are blind. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Herretes, S; Wang, X; Reyes, JM (Oct 16, 2014). "Topical corticosteroids as adjunctive therapy for bacterial keratitis.". The Cochrane database of systematic reviews 10: CD005430.  

External links

  • Facts About the Cornea and Corneal Disease The National Eye Institute (NEI)
  • Filimentary keratitis
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