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how long does it take for acute keratitis to heal?


I have acute keratitis in both of my eyes, which is caused by my contact lenses and there ARE ulcers on my eye. My opthamologist prescribed some anti-biotic eyedrops and after a few days, she said I didn't need them anymore and prescribed artificial eyedrops. It's been a week and a half and she said that my cornea is looking better but not completely healed.

However, she did not tell me how long I would have to keep wearing glasses and using the artificial tears and when I can start wearing my contact lenses again. Can somebody tell me?
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Treatment depends on the cause of the keratitis

Infectious keratitis generally requires antibacterial, antifungal, or antiviral therapy is to treat the infection. This treatment can involve prescription eye drops, pills, or even intravenous therapy. Over-the-counter eye drops are typically not helpful in treating infections. In addition, contact lens wearers are typically advised to discontinue contact lens wear and discarding contaminated contact lenses and contact lens cases. Antibacterial solutions include Quixin (levofloxacin), Zymar (gatifloxacin), Vigamox (moxifloxacin), Ocuflox (ofloxacin — available generically). Steroid containing medications should not be used for bacterial infections, as they may exacerbate the disease and lead to severe corneal ulceration and corneal perforation. These include Maxitrol (neomycin+polymyxin+dexamethasone — available generically), as well as other steroid medications.. One should consult a qualified Ophthalmologist or Optometrist for treatment of an eye condition.

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.

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Can you still wear contact lenses after your eyes are healed from Keratitis?


I think I got Keratitis and I am going to check my eyes tomorrow but I was just wondering if you can still wear contact lenses after your eyes are healed from Keratits. If you have experienced Keratitis before, how long does it take to heal from it?

Thank you.
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I haven't had Keratitis but I have had corneal abrasions from contact lenses, and I'll say that you should be very cautious about wearing lenses after that sort of eye injury. Even when the pain or inflammation stops, the cornea may still be repairing itself or might still remain sensitive to foreign objects like contacts.

You should eventually be able to wearing contact lenses. But you should definitely consult with a doctor before using contacts again.  (+ info)

Can you wear contacts after having Acanthamoeba Keratitis?


I have Acanthamoeba Keratitis. Has anyone ever had this and been able to wear contacts again, or have the Lasik surgery? I don't see as well with my glasses and really want to do something when this is all done and taken care of, but my doctors don't seem to think I will be able to.
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You have AK and still have eyesight. Praise the good Lord for that. I don't know how you came about having AK but you do realize its a sight threatening condition right. You can wear contacts again after it resolves, but I guess the question is should you be wearing contacts again? People who get AK are usually highly non compliant contact lens users, if that's who you are then I don't know that you're doctor will be willing to prescribe you another set of contact lenses to save you from yourself. If you are not that person, once treated you should be able to go back to wearing lenses and have LASIK if you choose to do that, not immediately of course but after your course of drugs is over. hope this helps. Good luck to ya:)  (+ info)

How do activated Dendritic cells (undergone phatgocytosis) travel to the lymph node?


Is it through the lymphatic vessel? If so, through what mechanism? Extravasation?
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Activated Dendritic Cells transmit electrical messages from the dendrites through the axon via neuro transmitters to the dendrites of the next neuron. The acetyl choline is transmitted across the synaptic cleft.

Your question does not make sense - Phagocytosis is a process associated with white blood cells. Phagocytosis is a process whereby the WBC eats up bacteria and dead tissue cells in the mammalian body.  (+ info)

What kind of doctor should I see for keratitis / ocular herpes?


I never had a cold sore in my life. I got one, the sore turned into two sores, and I woke up this morning with swollen eyes. This is like, turning into a nightmare. I don't want to wait a week for a doctor's appointment just to find out what kind of doctor I should see. Is it a dermatologist? optometrist? something else? Thank you!
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you need to see an opthalmalogist immediately. herpes in and around the eye is very serious and is only treated with IV acyclovir. this is a serious condition and needs to be addressed ASAP. in your case I would go to an emergency room first thing.  (+ info)

Whats the difference between bacterial keratits and acanthamoeba keratitis?


They both seem a little scary but it seems the first is less sight threatening. The Doctors office is the best place to have this question answered.

Acanthamoeba keratitis can occur in patients of any age, sex or race, but mostly manifests in young, healthy adults. The list of risk factors is long: corneal foreign body, contact with non-sterile water, bullous keratopathy, neurotrophic keratopathy, herpes simplex keratitis, radial keratotomy, swimming and scuba diving, basement membrane dystrophy, contact lens wear and bacterial keratitis. Cases sometimes arise with no identifiable risk factors. Essentially, any event that disrupts the corneal epithelium is a potential risk factor for Acanthamoeba keratitis.

Bacterial keratitis is a sight-threatening process. A particular feature of bacterial keratitis is its rapid progression; corneal destruction may be complete in 24-48 hours with some of the more virulent bacteria. Corneal ulceration, stromal abscess formation, surrounding corneal edema, and anterior segment inflammation are characteristic of this disease.  (+ info)

What is the meaning of the medical term "neurotrophic keratitis" for the eye?


These are eye drops for extremely dry eyes.
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if you have gotten keratitis three times within two years should you be worried?


can repeatedly getting keratitis cause problems for your eye?
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Yes. It's typically caused by improper contact lens wear. You can have permanent eye damage, so find out what is causing it, and do everything you can to prevent it. If it's contacts, wear glasses every minute possible, instead of contacts. Always wash your hands when you touch them or your eyes and never, ever sleep in them. If you liv in a dusty are, you will need to decrease the amount of time you wear them.
Take care of yourself, your sight is precious.  (+ info)

What are the symptons of fusarium keratitis?


Symptoms include unusual redness, eye pain, tearing, discharge, or sensitivity to light. These are the same symptoms as many eye infectons so see your opthalmologist or eye doctor for a definitive diagnosis.  (+ info)

KERATITIS which is the significant contributor of the disease?


Cold sores
Flu
Genital herpes
or PTB?
I am also "feeling" Cold Sores or Herpes either of the twho. but please CHOOSE ONE only and explain
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is this multiple choice or something? There are several causes including both, cold sores and herpes simplex, could also be due to respiratory infection (as in pulmonary tuberculosis) u mentioned, besides theres several types of pathogens affecting this condition (viral or bacterial), keratitis are often due to contact lenses. Bust I guess most 'significant' contributor are the herpes :D

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