Ask an Eye M.D. Answer Archive

Please read our important medical disclaimer.

Question:
Is it possible to get an eye infection from E. coli?

Answer:
Various strains of E. coli have been associated with eye infections such as conjunctivitis, keratitis, cellulitis and endophthalmitis, however, E. coli is an uncommon cause of these types of infections. Individuals with fecal contamination, those who have suffered penetrating eye injuries, or those with weakened immune systems may be vulnerable to E. coli infections of the eye.

Answered by: Gary Hirshfield, MDDr. Gary Hirshfield

Categories: Eye Conditions, Eye Infections

Have a question that hasn't been answered yet? Ask it!

Answered: Nov 11, 2013

Pop needs to be configured.