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Pseudomonas Corneal Ulcer: The Causative Role of Contaminated Eye Cosmetics

Pseudomonas Corneal Ulcer: The Causative Role of Contaminated Eye Cosmetics Abstract • The clinical significance of contaminated ocular cosmetics is illustrated by the case of a 47-year-old woman in whom a Pseudomonas corneal ulcer developed immediately after she sustained minor corneal trauma with a mascara applicator. Pseudomonas aeruginosa was cultured from the corneal ulcer and the mascara. In addition to the causative role in acute corneal ulcers, contaminated eye cosmetics contribute to chronic external eye infections. Retail eye cosmetics are typically free of contamination when purchased. The inoculation of the cosmetic occurs during normal use. References 1. Wilson LA, Kuehne JW, Hall SW, et al: Microbial contamination in ocular cosmetics . Am J Ophthalmol 71:1298-1302, 1971. 2. Wilson LA, Julian AJ, Ahearn DG: The survival and growth of microorganisms in mascara during use . Am J Ophthalmol 79:596-601, 1975. 3. Jones DB: Early diagnosis and therapy of bacterial corneal ulcers . Int Ophthalmol Clin 13:1-27, 1973.Crossref 4. Burns RP: Pseudomonas aeruginosa keratitis: Mixed infections of the eye . Am J Ophthalmol 67:257-262, 1969. 5. Harbin T: Recurrence of a corneal Pseudomonas infection . Am J Ophthalmol 58:670-674, 1964. 6. Wilson LA: The survival and growth of microorganisms in mascara during use: Clinical significance , in Research to Prevent Blindness Eye Research Seminar: Fifth National Science Writers Seminar . New York, Research to Prevent Blindness, 1976, pp 41-42. 7. Smolin G, Okumoto M: Staphylococcal blepharitis . Arch Ophthalmol 95:812-816, 1977.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Ophthalmology American Medical Association

Pseudomonas Corneal Ulcer: The Causative Role of Contaminated Eye Cosmetics

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1979 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9950
eISSN
1538-3687
DOI
10.1001/archopht.1979.01020020208002
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Abstract

Abstract • The clinical significance of contaminated ocular cosmetics is illustrated by the case of a 47-year-old woman in whom a Pseudomonas corneal ulcer developed immediately after she sustained minor corneal trauma with a mascara applicator. Pseudomonas aeruginosa was cultured from the corneal ulcer and the mascara. In addition to the causative role in acute corneal ulcers, contaminated eye cosmetics contribute to chronic external eye infections. Retail eye cosmetics are typically free of contamination when purchased. The inoculation of the cosmetic occurs during normal use. References 1. Wilson LA, Kuehne JW, Hall SW, et al: Microbial contamination in ocular cosmetics . Am J Ophthalmol 71:1298-1302, 1971. 2. Wilson LA, Julian AJ, Ahearn DG: The survival and growth of microorganisms in mascara during use . Am J Ophthalmol 79:596-601, 1975. 3. Jones DB: Early diagnosis and therapy of bacterial corneal ulcers . Int Ophthalmol Clin 13:1-27, 1973.Crossref 4. Burns RP: Pseudomonas aeruginosa keratitis: Mixed infections of the eye . Am J Ophthalmol 67:257-262, 1969. 5. Harbin T: Recurrence of a corneal Pseudomonas infection . Am J Ophthalmol 58:670-674, 1964. 6. Wilson LA: The survival and growth of microorganisms in mascara during use: Clinical significance , in Research to Prevent Blindness Eye Research Seminar: Fifth National Science Writers Seminar . New York, Research to Prevent Blindness, 1976, pp 41-42. 7. Smolin G, Okumoto M: Staphylococcal blepharitis . Arch Ophthalmol 95:812-816, 1977.Crossref

Journal

Archives of OphthalmologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Sep 1, 1979

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