To accurately diagnose fungal keratitis, your Eye M.D. may gently scrape the eye to take a small sample of material and test it for infection. Your ophthalmologist will diagnose whether your keratitis is fungal keratitis or bacterial keratitis.
Treatment of fungal keratitis usually includes antifungal eye drops and oral medications. If medical treatment is not effective in clearing the infection, surgery may be required, including corneal transplantation. In some cases, even corneal surgery will not restore vision, and permanent vision impairment or blindness may occur. That is why it is so important to see your Eye M.D. at the first sign of any ocular infection.
If you wear contact lenses, it is very important to safely handle, store and clean your lenses to reduce your risk of developing keratitis. Learn how to safely take care of your contact lenses.