Corneal Infection – Keratitis

Corneal infection occurs when pathogens (bacteria, fungi, parasites) are able to penetrate through the protective surface (epithelium) of the cornea and into the depths of the cornea.

Most commonly, the epithelium is damaged by minor injuries. In developed countries, the most common cause of minor damage and infection is the prolonged wearing of contact lenses, along with inadequate hygiene in storing the contact lenses. In developing countries, it is more of a minor accident, caused for example by leaves or plants, and is ideal for fungal infections. The infection can then progress rapidly and endanger the eyesight.

An early stage of corneal infection

Bacterial Corneal Ulcer

One of the most common causes of visual impairment

The numbers are alarming: in the US, around 60,000 corneal infections occur each year. In India, the estimated number is 800,000 new infections per year, and the WHO is talking about a silent epidemic. Corneal infections are one of the major global causes of blindness in the face of increasing antibiotic resistance and inadequate access to modern medicine in emerging markets.

How to treat

In our cooler latitudes, the most common bacteria that cause the infection. After a first assessment with the ophthalmologist then usually a therapy with broad-spectrum antibiotic eye drops is initiated. In severe cases, we take a swab to accurately determine the nature of the pathogen. Things are very different in humid warm countries, for example in India. Here, the infection is often caused by a fungus, and these infections are much harder to treat. 

Increasing  antibiotic resistance

For years antibiotic resistance has been increasing worldwide. This means that most bacteria have gotten used to our antibiotics in the past few decades and they are no longer acting properly. In addition, the last class of antibiotics was identified in 1980. Therefore, the World Health Organization warns in detail that in a few years already simple infections can no longer be treated and the number of people who will die from infections will increase drastically. The entire report can be found here.

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Squitieri Elias
12:43 08 Sep 21
Die Behandlungen waren bei mir erfolgreich, alle waren sehr nett und haben mein Leben vereinfacht.Danke
Eliane Bossart
Eliane Bossart
13:01 05 Sep 21
Vor einem Jahr war ich einer ganz verzweifelten Situation und total im Stich gelassen. Meine Augen wurden aufgrund... eines ausgeprägten Kerakotonus immer schlechter, ich hatte Angst und war alleine mit meinen Problemen. Zudem vertrug ich die Kontaktlinsen nur noch ganz schlecht und hatte jeden Tag Schmerzen.Professor Hafezi hat mir mit zwei Operationen wieder das auf Grund der Situation mögliche an Lebensqualität zurückgebracht. Es war ein starpaziöses Jahr mit vielen Entbehrungen aber es hat sich gelohnt! Herzlichen Dank fuer die Unterstützung.read more
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Gabriela Meyer
18:32 22 Aug 21
Ich wurde von meiner Optikerin auf Prof. Dr. Dr. Hafezi aufmerksam gemacht. Es war mir vorher nicht bewusst, dass meine... Augenkrankheit (Keratokonus) operativ mittels Cross Linking behandelt und so gestoppt werden kann. Die Beratung und Behandlung war sehr kompetent und ich fühlte mich jederzeit wohl. Die Operation verlief gut und das Ergebnis ist einwandfrei.read more
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Naomi
11:38 11 Aug 21
Ich bin sehr glücklich, dass ich das Elza Institute gefunden habe. Ich wurde von anderen Augenärzten abgewiesen, da... meine Augen zu kompliziert/schwierig zu behandeln waren. Prof. Dr. Dr. Hafezi konnte mir jedoch helfen und ich bin sehr glücklich und zufrieden mit dem Resultat. Vielen Dank!read more
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08:30 19 Jul 21
Ich habe eine überaus kompetente Beratung und Behandlung erlebt. Die gesamte Betreuung war sehr freundlich und... professionell. Herzlichen Dank!read more
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Thomas S.
09:37 07 Jul 21
My left eye had to be operated on because of a cataract. As I had an Artiflex lens implanted a few years ago, it had to... be removed first before a modern lens could be implanted to correct the cataract. Prof. Hafezi treated me in an very competent and friendly manner. I am very happy with the result.read more
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19:45 02 Jul 21
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10:06 17 Nov 20
At the moment, 3 months have passed since the moment I made laser vision correction in this clinic. and I can say that... I am happy that I chose this particular clinic and Prof. F. Hafezi. The entire staff of the clinic is very friendly, treats patients with sympathy and patience if they are nervous before surgery (my big gratitude to Aida Alili for all support and patience). The doctor Hafezi and other doctors of the clinic are very professional and ready to explain to you as many times as you need. I can only recommend!read more
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