Fungal Eye Infections Risk & Prevention
Who gets fungal eye infections?
- Eye injury, particularly with plant material (for example, thorns or sticks)
- Eye surgery (such as corneal transplant surgery or cataract surgery)
- Chronic eye disease involving the surface of the eye
- Wearing contact lenses
- Exposure to contaminated medical products that come in contact with the eye
- Fungal bloodstream infection (like candidemia)
How can I prevent a fungal eye infection?
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