Transmission and control of infection in ophthalmic practice

Seewoodhary, Ramesh and Stevens, Sue (1999) Transmission and control of infection in ophthalmic practice. Community Eye Health Journal, 12 (30). pp. 25-28. ISSN 0953-6833

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Abstract

Eye infection may be bacterial, viral, chlamydial, fungal or acanthamoebic, and these infections account for a large proportion of the workload in ophthalmic centres.1 Cross-infection may occur through contaminated instruments, hands, communal towels and droplets. Patients with dry eye or inadequate lid closure are more susceptible. Other risk factors are low immunity, malnutrition, general disease and extremes of age.

An overview of some common eye infections, causative pathogens and spread mode is given. This is followed by an outline of general infection control principles with additional specific considerations for ophthalmic practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eye infections, Eye medicines, Hygiene, Infection control
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health > Infection prevention
Medicine and health
Depositing User: Dominic Walker
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2017 14:35
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2017 14:35
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3464

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