Risk factors for infectious keratitis vary with demographics

BOSTON — Infectious keratitis remains a significant cause of corneal morbidity and corneal blindness in Asia, although local risk factors vary with region and demographics, according to a speaker here. “Corneal trauma is the main risk factor for developing countries. But in developed East Asian countries, it is clear that contact lens wear is the important risk factor,” Donald T.H. Tan, MD, said, giving results from the phase 1 Asia Cornea Society Infectious Keratitis Study (ACSIKS) at Cornea Day preceding the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery annual meeting.

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