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