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Several parasites can produce ocular infections, including keratitis. Although rare, parasitic keratitis infections can be severe. These infections often pose diagnostic challenges because symptoms can masquerade as other infections and clinicians frequently omit parasites from their differential diagnosis, delaying much-needed treatment.
With the establishment of treatment protocols and the use of confocal microscopy, there has been significant improvements in the ability to diagnose and manage parasitic keratitis.
This Focal Points module describes the epidemiology, differential diagnosis and treatment of parasitic keratitis.
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Authors: Prashant Garg, MBBS, MS; Aravind Roy, MBBS, MS; Savitri Sharma, MD
Consultants: Elmer Y. Tu, MD; Sonal Y. Tuli, MD
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