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Fungal Eye Infections

People who have had surgery to replace their corneas are at higher risk of fungal eye infections. More about sources of fungal eye infections.

Fungal eye infections are extremely rare, but they can be very serious. The most common way for someone to develop a fungal eye infection is as a result of an eye injury, particularly if the injury was caused by plant material such as a stick or a thorn. Inflammation or infection of the cornea (the clear, front layer of the eye) is known as keratitis, and inflammation or infection in the interior of the eye is called endophthalmitis. Many different types of fungi can cause eye infections.

For other fungal topics, visit the fungal diseases homepage.