Pseudomonas corneal ulcer related to overnight orthokeratology

Ling Ing Lau, Chih Chiau Wu, Shui Mei Lee, Wen Ming Hsu

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Purpose. To report two cases of Pseudomonas aeruginosa corneal ulcers as a complication of overnight orthokeratology lens wear. Methods. Case report. Results. Two 11-year-old girls with acute central corneal ulcers were referred to our hospital. In both cases, the ulcers were about 2 mm in diameter, located centrally, contained dense cellular infiltration, and discharged purulent material. Intensive topical ceftazidime was applied to treat the ulcers. Cultures of the scraped corneal tissues and the contact lens storage solutions in both cases grew P. aeruginosa, which was sensitive to the antibiotic. The presenting best-corrected visual acuity was hand motion at 20 cm in one patient and 6/20 in the other. Both patients had received several months of overnight orthokeratology treatment with rigid gas permeable contact lenses to correct myopia (-4.25 D and -4.75 D in the two affected eyes). The final best-corrected visual acuity was 6/60 in one patient and 6/7.5 in the other. Conclusions. Overnight orthokeratology contact lens wear carries a potential risk of corneal ulcer and may cause significant visual impairment in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-264
Number of pages3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Corneal ulcer
  • Orthokeratology
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Rigid gas permeable contact lens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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