Pictures of Eyeball Fungus

Symptoms for Fungal keratitis include:

  • Foreign body sensation

  • Increasing eye pain or discomfort
  • Decrease in vision
  • Hypersensitivity to light

If your eye looks like the pix posted after the jump, you may have Fusarium fungus growing in your eyeballs. Discontinue use of ReMu Moistureloc and call your doctor immediately. Don’t despair, maybe you’ll get one of those cool headpieces like Jordi Laforge in Star Trek. Or, who needs to see the world when you can burn it down with your very own laser eye implants?

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Caption: A 68-year-old woman with a history of rheumatoid arthritis and lymphoma presented with decreased vision and pain in the left eye. She had undergone penetrating keratoplasty 5 weeks prior to presentation due to corneal melt. Culture results were positive for Paecilomyces species.

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Caption: A 34-year-old man with no past medical history presented with decreased vision. The patient was working in his yard when a piece of wood hit his eye. Culture results were positive for Fusarium species.

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Caption: Colonies of Fusarium solani growing in Sabouraud dextrose agar.

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Caption: Photomicrograph of a corneal button reveals a large number of fungal elements in the corneal stroma and an associated endothelial plaque.

Source: eMedicine, which also has lots of info about the lil eyeball bugger. (Thanks to Brandon!)

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  1. Bubba Barney says:

    Just in time for lunchtime. Yum.

  2. matto says:

    Can we have some pictures of your poopy shampoo, too?

  3. Ben Popken says:

    Brian writes:

    “The picture you have of the fungus infected eye is a little disingenous, that eye had pretty clearly undergone a corneal transplant, in fact that’s what “penetrating keratoplasty” means. You can clearly see the sutures. Any eye that undergoes a transplant is going to have an ugly appearence for a while, sometimes years later. That’s not to say that the eye didn’t start out with a fungal infection. The other eye picture is more accurate, the one with the caption about being hit in the eye with wood (probebly the most common source of fungal infections), but probebly has little to do with Renu MoistureLoc.

    What makes these infections so dangerous is that, in early stages, they can mimic a bacterial infection or ulcer. Fungal infections are pretty rare, and most doctors will treat with an antibiotic first. The problem is, by the time you know it’s a fungus, it’s often too late to treat it without effect.”

  4. AcidReign says:

    …..Eew. That pretty much tops the infamous eyeball scene in the 1979 movie: Zombie!