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I was diagnosed with Keratitis Nov. 2009. Since then I have had flareups several times and now am struggling with a bacterial infection in both eyes. After steroids and antibiotics, my doctor told me he doesn't know what else to do. Any suggestions?

By Anonymous January 11, 2011 - 6:14pm
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I have been on Tobridex for the last month and a half and my doctor said he cannot have me on steroids any longer. He also tried a medication that he said was an equivalent to a zpac. I was to take it for 30 days, but after the first days my eyes swelled up enormously. He took me off of those drops after a week and put me back on the Tobridex. It looked like we had the symptoms somewhat under control, so he put me back on the 30 day med. The swelling occurred again and it was decided that I had an allergic reaction to the med. It was alarming to have my doctor tell me he does not know what to do for me. There is nothing else to try. He has referred me to Barnett Delaney (I have been several times in the last year and a half) for another opinion. Could this be related to something else going on in my body? If so, what kind of medical doctor should I see to do further testing? I asked my GP and he said that I would need to see my eye dr. I have been to my eye doctor weekly for months. I am fearful for the health oi my eyes with all of the steroids i've been on, and of course am extremely fearful of losing my eyesight.

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Anon - Thanks for your question and for seeking more information.

Keratitis is the medical term for inflammation of the cornea, and has many causes, including infection, dry eyes, physical injury, chemical injury, and also underlying medical diseases. Treatments vary, and you can learn more about them at this link: http://www.medicinenet.com/keratitis/article.htm

Getting a second opinion from a board certified ophthalmologic specialist who is an expert in this condition will be helpful in determining the cause and other treatment options. You may want to view the doctor's credentials on their practice website prior to your appointment to be sure you are getting the expertise you need. If you feel you may have an underlying health condition that contributed to the Keratitis be sure to provide that information during your appointment. Be sure to bring with you a list of all of the treatments you've had so far.

Your GP is correct, this type of condition is best handled by an ophthalmologist. Let us know how your appointment goes, we wish you well.

Take care,

January 11, 2011 - 6:55pm
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